Yay! It’s Friday! Whoo hoo! Friday is a whole other kind of fun day for those of us who work in the restaurant business. Some people work only one 8:00-5:00 jobs then they come to bars and restaurants and have a grand old time. I’m the person who works 7:00-3:00, then comes into take care of those regular people. I don’t mind it so much. I love my coworkers and they love me. Most of them are funny and make me feel good about myself. I return the favor as often as I can and I even try to help them with their tables.
We ask each other if we’re okay, and try our best to not snap or be mean. It’s one of the healthier restaurant environments I’ve worked in. So, when I do get angry, it’s the fault of the customers, not my coworkers. Now, most recently, the weekends have been okay; nothing crazy or mind boggling. But two particular work days stick in my mind: St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo. The two days everyone is conveniently Irish or Spanish. Now, I’m of legal drinking age, but I don’t see the purpose of getting drunk; and let me tell you! I saw so many people under the boozy influence, it was hysterical!
However, on both those nights, I got on a wait because everyone wanted to eat there and everyone was taking their sweet ol’ time at their tables. Several times, people got up at the same time and I was running around, trying to clean tables as fast as I could. But, as I like to say, “Never underestimate the stupidity of humanity.” On more than one occasion, people would ignore me and the wait list and seat themselves at dirty table. Now, I have a retaliation obligation: I ignore them. I don’t bring them menus, I don’t clean the table, and I don’t tell the server.
If the server sees them at a dirty table without menus, they come to me and say, “They ignored you.” I nod. The servers know better than to challenge me after that. But! As of right now, no craziness has happened at work, thank God! I think I might pull out my imaginary weapon (named Blucher [Young Frankenstein]) and shoot them all!
And on that note, it’s been real!