Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Small Packages: Thanksgiving Edition
In honor of Thanksgiving, and the beginning of a long line of colonists screwing over Native Americans, post about a time that you took advantage of someone. Or if you don't want to be that revealing about your darker side, write about a time that someone took advantage of you.
Even though I came up with the topic (with a healthy dose of help from the husband), I had a hard time pinning down what I would write about. I thought about writing about my traumatic break up stories (one wanted to pursue a girl but if it didn't work out with her stay with me, another claimed to have slept with my best friend even though I new it didn't happen) or write about being made fun of in middle school, etc. But then a light bulb went off. Out of all the times I've been screwed over, there's one period in my life that I was screwed over the most.
When I waited tables at...let's call it the Honkey Basket.
Let me tell you, if you have to wait tables, don't do it at a low end restaurant. You do more work because the cheapskates always want seconds or thirds on free things, but they tip half as much. Oh, and did I mention that my base pay was $2.15. Nope, not joking. So first rip-off: No Money
The time that I waited tables, I've actually been the sickest I've ever been in my life. I always had a cold, sinus infection, or some mystery disease that I didn't want to think about too much. Handling all those dishes covered in god knows what and having people cough on you (and yes, even once, sneezed on) it was impossible for me to stay healthy. Second screwing item: At least 5 years off of my life.
It doesn't matter how hard you work your tail off, you'll have tables that don't appreciate you. I've had a table of fourteen Red Hat Ladies who berated me for getting the wrong order, even though they had moved seats, and yelled at by Disco Stu because ANOTHER TABLE had been waiting for their bread. Third bend over moment: Being the hired help, in the Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens' sort of way.
Your serving experience is directly related to managers at the restaurant. You can tell the ones that have worked in the trenches and the others that have gone through business school to get where they are. On more than one occasion on a Sunday night I was held over for several hours after closing to roll every single piece of silverware in the joint even though every shift rolls enough for the next. Every piece! I'll let you guess which type of manager he was. Slap in the face number four: Having henpecked managers take out their control issues on the staff.
Wow, so apparently I haven't fully healed from my time as a waitress. Maybe I should bring up these issues with my therapist?
Check out the other participants, and cluck your tongue at how naughty they are or say "Awww" and offer them a cookie!
The Bear Monk at Inapropriate Remarks
Christian at Cristian0's Blog
Jamie at Finding Bliss in a Life More or Less Ordinary
Collegiate Down at Don't Let Higher Education Eat Your Soul
Stephanie at Our Marriage Adventure
Sara at Sara Swears a Lot
Kelley at Where the Dark Things Go
Lorna at Gin & Lemonade
Lexie at Sourpuss