The Insane Waiter

Running wild on customers, chefs, owners and managers since 1997. I bring to you, The Insane Waiter. What do bring to your table? A crisp bottle of San Pellegrino ? Perhaps a lovely seared Sashimi Tuna? Start off with a wonderful bottle from Tuscany perhaps? Why I'll be more than happy to bring you your White Zinfandel and Chicken Caesar. No you can't order the mac and cheese off the kids menu and sorry no, we don't serve cheese sticks....

Friday, July 11, 2008

Bad Guy

That’s right, I’m the bad guy.

I have a weekend night off for one and apparently I’m not a team player because I declined to pick up the shift.

The thing is, earlier in the week the banquet that I was supposed to bartend at cancelled, fair enough. I went around to everyone that worked on Friday night and sought out to pick up their shift.

All refused me, and I am fine with that. I resigned myself to having the night off and I made plans for later in the evening, after all I never have Friday night off.

This morning when I woke up I was greeted with a text message wanting me to pick up the shift, “no thanks,” I replied, “I have plans.”

That was fine, nothing wrong with asking.

When at work a highly hung-over co-worked approached me.

“I heard you were looking to pick up tonight,” she said.

“Well I was earlier in the week, but I have made plans.” I replied.

“I don’t feel very good, you should work for me.” She countered.

“Sorry, but I have plans.” I said.

“Like what, you going to the bar or something?” She said with a snotty tone.

“What I do on my free time is my own business.” I replied.

“Well I think its pretty rude for you not to work for me, you have the night off.” She said.

With a nasty tone.

I replied, “having tonight off doesn’t obligate me to do shit for you, I don’t know how it is rude for me to refuse you when your “illness” is self afflicted. I worked all day yesterday and I was hung over as fuck, deal with it.”

The next thing you know she’s throwing a fit to the manager about how I won’t cover for her.

“But I want tonight off and he won’t work for me!!!” She whined.

“I can’t make someone work on their night off, that isn’t how we run,” replied the manager.

“But I don’t feel good, he was supposed to work tonight anyways.” She said back.

“Look, there’s a whole list of people not on tonight that you can call, if you cover the shift then fine, if not I expect you to be here,” said the manager.

She stormed off in a nasty mood.

Later in the shift another hung-over waiter came up to me and started pitching a fit that would only be a repeat from the above if I wrote about the situation here.

Then I received another text message asking me to work, from another employee, I replied with a no.

They replied with a “why not!?!?!”

At the same time the other hung-over server came up and joined the fray.

“I just don’t see why you won’t work tonight, you wanted to the other day and I don't think its fair,” she said.

“You want to know why, its because no one took advantage until the last moment, after I made plans. You’re right, I’m probably going out to dinner and then to the bars with friends. I don’t have to give any reason at all to be honest with you, I have the night off and its my own time. Just because all of you make this restaurant your entire life doesn’t mean that I have to. I’m going to go out and I’m going to have fun and I am not obligated to any of you.” I ranted.

“Well you don’t have to be a dick about it, maybe some day you’ll want the day off I won’t cover for you.” Said the other server.

“That’s fine, I won’t ask you then. The fact is I almost never ask anyone to cover my shift and I usually only cover for other people if its an emergency. I plan my life around the fact that I have a work schedule, unlike you. Its not my responsibility to let you go home because you drank too much last night, and the fact is that I’m only being a dick because you two didn’t let it go. No one wanted the day off until it was convenient for them, now its not convenient for me. If you asked me to work and I said no and you said ok, there wouldn’t be a problem. But, you had to whine to management and to anyone that would listen that I’m not a team player and you had to question why I wouldn’t work for you. Frankly I could have no plans but to sit on my couch and play video games and I still wouldn’t have to give you a reason. Now that’s the end of it.”

Thus ends the rant of the bad guy.


At 5:54 AM , Anonymous servlet said...

Wow, your coworkers sound like bunch of douchbags.
I bet they like Obama too.

At 6:51 AM , Blogger briliantdonkey said...

sounds like a fairly standard day in dealing with fellow servers to me unfortunately. I just loveeeeee the corona flu victims. Don't get me wrong I have been there myself,but my motto (for them AND even more so for me), is 'if you are man enough to drink it, be man enough to work through it.'


At 12:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with brilliant donkey. How inconsiderate of them! You gave them a chance to give up their shift.

At 3:04 PM , Blogger Bookstore Piet said...

I always found the people who complained the most about you not picking up their shift (when they were hungover or their 'bestest' friend unexpectedly comes to town) will be the same ones who cannot pick up your shift when you have a major family crisis or are projectile vomiting from a questionable shift dinner using expired product....

At 10:08 AM , Blogger Practically Joe said...

Ef'm all and enjoy your night off ... and if I was your manager I'd seriously consider adjusting that whiner's next schedule.

oh-oh ... been blogging for a few months and that's the first time the restaurant manager in me popped out ... sorry.

I really need to keep in the shadows when reading blogs like yours.

At 7:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was the new kid at a restaurant, I was looking to pick up shifts. One of my fellow workers offered me his "Tuesday shift, (July) 3rd."

He was trying to trick me, because Tuesday was actually the 4th, and the restaurant would have been deader than a doornail. I (being new) politely declined, and told him that I already had plans for my friend's annual 'Third of July' barbeque.

And as far as your co-workers who whine about working hungover-
don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

At 1:40 PM , Anonymous emf said...

Being a dick is far preferable to being walked all over.

At 4:47 PM , Blogger LordSomber said...

How old is this co-worker? Like, three?

At 11:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn coworkers can be dickheads sometimes.

but more importantly, did you have a good Friday night off?

At 9:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of a time when a girl begged me to work her night shift (thus pulling a double for the day) because she "was coming down with something and felt like shit." I agreed. She finished her sidework, punched out, and headed straight to the bar! I looked at her like she was crazy and she said, "Well, I feel better now..."

Needless to say, she didn't get another shift cover from me again and the next person who did only got it because she PROVED she just puked.

Shift switches: Don't do 'em, EVER, unless you want to.

At 10:35 AM , Blogger LivitLuvit said...

GOOD FOR YOU- it drove me crazy when people expected me to pick up for them on weekends! I worked a set schedule so I could have the weekends off- unless you have a broken leg, respect that and handle your hangover like everyone else- working through it and getting wasted afterward.

At 11:54 AM , Blogger Absolutely Feisty said...

You are hilarious!

At 2:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...just wow. The more i read these blogs it's getting eerie how close it is to my experiences. I love how other people make plans like they don't have a job. I've always said i make plans around my work schedule not through it. When i read that you said the same damn thing i almost fell out of my seat.

At 9:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've dealt with a lot of crap from restaurant coworkers in my time, but I've never had anyone bitch because I wouldn't pick up their shift. That's just odd.

At 1:01 PM , Blogger The Unexpectected Chef said...

Welcome to the "me generation"...They'll still be be bitching a month from now bout how unfair it was they actually had to work their scheduled shift!


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