Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tonight was interesting.

We were dead-ass slow. It sucked.

Then, one of the girls walks out. I tell her she has a table and she says, "okay, I'll be right there." Ten minutes later.. these people still don't have drinks and we realize her car is gone. It was a bitch move. If you're going to walk out, fucking do it up. Throw your checkbook on the counter, steal some shit, and leave. Don't make us look like jackasses because your tables are sitting around wondering where their server is.

Also, new cook got reprimanded - again. He had a carrot that he put a little sour cream on the end of and was miming jacking off. The manager on duty went back and said "What the hell is that It's not funny, and you need to respect these girls!" He did a good job of acting sorry, until a half hour later when he asked me if I had my nipples pierced.

Friday, April 29, 2011

I may be blonde..

but bitch, my IQ is probably higher than yours.
You don't need to say, "I would like a cup of coff-ee... and a wa-ter... with lem-on" like I'm a freaking mongoloid that managed to crawl over to your table from the fucking La Brea tar pits or some shit, and just happened to glom onto a pad and pen on the way.

I thought I was ready for work after two glorious days off (well... except for class. where I am expanding my knowledge so I can be worthy of serving these twats), but I was not. Every customer I recognized today cause me to say "MOTHERfucker." Imagine Chris Tucker saying that, that's how I said it.
And to the ones I didn't recognize... I was saying it after they left me 3 dollars on 30 dollar checks all day long. That shit won't pay my tuition, honey, so cough it up.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

We got a new cook.

He sucks.
He doesn't read the dupes and he is a condescending prick.
Example: We have lunch specials, a soup and a sandwich, no french fries.
So we write "Special ham sandwich on rye toast," which means no fries.
This is exactly what I wrote, and he gave me french fries. I said "Oh, this sandwich doesn't get fries."
He gets an attitude with me, saying "Well, then, you need to WRITE that. Next time, you write 'no fries.'"
This pissed me off. I mean, I understand he's new and doesn't understand all of our menu items, so I don't blame him for the honest mistakes. But this guy has been here less then a week and wants to tell me how to do my job, even if he thinks I'm wrong? Not to mention, he sees something on the check he doesn't recognize and doesn't ask me or one of the other cooks?
So I got snotty right back and said, "I don't have to write no french fries, I wrote SPECIAL which means no french fries."
That's just one of many, and I've only worked about four shifts with him.

Also, obviously the cooks make crude jokes and such with us, and he's started it. But he takes it over the line, and he doesn't know us yet. So one of the girls turned right around and said, "That is inappropriate and I don't want you to EVER talk to me like that again."

He just sucks. I doubt he'll last long because nobody is a fan and we have our ways.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday Night Reasons I Like My Job #5

Working doubles usually means something.
As I've said before, for some reason, no one wants to come in early or stay late and make more money, so if I'm staying lunch to dinner I'm basically by myself! So I'm running around with alllll the tables and the money to myself.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Blondie's Sunday Night Pet Peeve #6

Happy Easter! Time for some ranting.

Our one hostess cannot function with less than four people on a shift.
Unfortunately for me, Sunday night is only busy enough for three people.
So I'm taking home forty dollars in 7 hours, when I could be making eighty. Not to mention I'm bored as shit because I only have one table at a time.

Also, we had a lamb special tonight and it tasted like asshole.

Also x2, as a follow-up to my previous post, the manager I had a little tiff with apologized as soon as she saw me. She said she just freaked out and yelled at everyone, but she was over it and very sorry for snapping at me the way she did. I said I totally understood and I was so sorry for leaving them in the lurch. So, we're buds again.

Friday, April 22, 2011

I have done a bad thing.

I was supposed to work yesterday, covering a shift for someone. I put it in my phone as next week somehow, and went on my merry way.
I was a half hour away, about to order dinner, when one of the girls is texting me, "you're supposed to be here tonight, aren't you?" And I'm like.... "uh, no, that's next week."
Well, it wasn't. She sent me a little picture of the calendar where it says "Blondie 4-close."
I'm thinking "fuuuuuuuck I'm an asshole."
But I'm also thinking "fuuuuuuck that I'm not ditching my dinner to go in there."
So I tell her sorry, but I'm not going to be able to make it. What should I do?

The manager for the night calls me. She's saying I can't leave her hanging on a Thursday night, I just CAN'T. You would think working with one less girl is truly the end of the world.
I'm apologizing, saying it was my mistake, but I'm not going to be able to come in. I ask her, "What do you want me to do?"
She responds, "Don't do anything, how about that?" And hangs up on me.

Okay, that was a dick move. I was apologetic, I was completely prepared for her to tell me to start calling people to come in, or tell me to finish my dinner and come in late because someone needed to close. But she opted for a smart-ass remark and a childish hang-up (and I'm 100% sure a lot of shit-talking to whoever would listen), and that shit ain't cool. I felt bad before that, and now I'm just pissed. And I'll tell her that if she has anything to say today.
I know it was my mistake and she was understandably upset, but it was just that: a mistake. And everyone who knows me know I would never do anything like that on purpose. I love making money. I'm always coming in early, staying late, covering shifts. I'm a model freaking employee.

Am I completely wrong?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


So we have this one family that comes in... oh, three or four times a week. They are strange.
Son, mom and dad, and mom's dad - who is clearly too old to be in public.
They order at least forty dollars worth of food between them. Sodas, dinners, soups, something to take home, etc. Then, they let Grandpa tip, and he always leaves a five. I appreciate this because I'm sure in his mind, this is a great tip. And hey, five dollars is five dollars.

HOWEVER, mom and dad know that he leaves five dollars. And they know what the bill is, because she pays it. And yesterday, she paid with a hundred dollar bill.

You couldn't have slapped three extra bucks on there and given me twenty percent for being nice to your cranky husband?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Don't be sarcastic. I'm better at it than you.

When I go up to a table to greet them, I rarely ask how they are doing.
I don't care, and you can probably tell I don't care.

I greet them with a "Hi guys! Do you know what you'd like to drink?" or something similar.
I want to get that shit started and get your shit out of my station.

Every now and then I get someone who straight-up is not paying attention, and will say "good, how are you?" That's fine. Ignore what I say, I'll ignore that you wanted wheat toast instead of white.

But even better is when I get a smartass like the one I had a few days ago.
He said "Oh. And we're just fine, how are you today?" knowing full well (should that be hyphenated?) that I did not ask, and I assume trying to put me in my place.

I smiled condescendingly and asked again, "drinks?"

Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday Night Reasons I Like My Job #4

On Mondays, no busboy!
While that means we have to bring out our own stock and bus our own tables (which I don't mind doing, I had to do it at my first job), we get to keep allllllll our sweet sweet cash. And tonight, it was pretty sweet.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Blondie's Sunday Night (Morning) Pet Peeve #5

I know this has been written about many a-time, but I can't resist.
It drives me freaking cuckoo bananas when I have this conversation:
Customer: "What soups do you have today?"
Blondie: "Our soups of the day are chicken noodle and cream of broccoli, but for an extra charge you can have fried onion or chili."
Customer: "Do you have split pea?"

This can be applied to many different scenarios, which all drive me equally batty. Vegetables, breads, etc. Looking dejected and asking for something I didn't list is not going to change my answer. It's not like when you visit your hookers downtown and you have to tell the truth if they ask you if you're a cop (is that even true?).

I would not lie to you, at least not right off the bat. Now that you have asked me a stupid question, I hate you and will subtly exact my revenge.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Avert your eyes!

So, a post from one of my favorite bloggers, purplegirl, got me thinking about something that really gets my goat, and I just couldn't wait til Sunday!

The Starer.
Why, dear god, why? Why do they think it is okay to stare at you, more fascinated by your movements and work than their own delicious meal? Most people have the decency to actually wave me over and ask a legitimate question after staring, and some are smarter and avert their eyes.
But I'm thinking of one couple in particular. They come in maybe once every two or three days, sometimes request specific waitresses (sometimes me! YAY!) and then stare. Unabashedly. If you glance over and smile, they will not return it. They will stare. If you walk over and say "did you need anything?" they will not. They will stare. What kind of eyelid-less freaks raised you?!

And a close cousin - the Glarer. 
These people don't understand your purpose as a server. They will look at you incredulously when you say "Drinks?" "Everything okay?" "You want to box that up?"
as if they are thinking in their lizard brains,
"Why is she asking me this? Shouldn't she just know that I'm still eating? Why do I even come out to eat? Oh, I hate my life!"
Or, they somehow interpret "More iced tea?"
as "Would you like to come out back and slaughter virgins with us after closing?"

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday Night Reasons I Like My Job #3 (On Tuesday)

I got caught up with school stuff last night and completely forgot.

Anyway, I like my job because they FEED US. At the end of our shift, we can have anything on the menu - except steaks and seafood. And as a diner, we have a pretty extensive menu. We usually end up with sandwiches, burgers, stuff like that - but we can have some of the dinner specials, too. Spaghetti, lasagna, pot roast.

You might not always get what you ask for (one time a coworker asked for a chicken sandwich and got eggs), but hey - it's free!

 It's glorious.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blondie's Sunday Night Pet Peeve #4

People who don't know what they want (when they are old enough to know better) and I have to face the wrath of the cooks while they continue living their happy little idiotic lives. You know... the ones that order scallops and when you bring it out they say "oooohhhhh........I think I meant shrimp."

Today I had a party of six. Parents, three teenagers, and a chunky little girl who was at least eleven.
She ordered grilled cheese with ham, and said she wanted mozzarella.
Our conversation:
Blondie: You want grilled mozzarella and ham?
Little Girl: No.... like on the side? The, uhm, mozzarella, uhm..
B: Sticks?
LG: Yeah! The sticks!
Her parents: The sandwich comes with fries, are you sure you want both?
LG: No, no, no, I want the mozzarella on the side!
B: Oh, you want the cheese on the side for your fries?
LG: Yes yes yes!

Okay, fine. I put the order in. I go over for refills (LG has sucked down her Pepsi twice by now) and they're waving frantically even though I am clearly WALKING IN THEIR DIRECTION.

Parents: She didn't want mozzarella cheese. She wanted cottage cheese on the side.
B: Uhmmmm... okay.

A girl of her age should know the difference between dipping her fries in mozzarella cheese and eating cottage cheese. Especially AFTER someone else had ordered cottage cheese instead of french fries. So now I have to go in the kitchen and fight with the cooks, because her parents raised her fat ass to be an idiot.

They also felt the need to tell me it was one of the teenagers' birthdays. I literally said "Okay." and walked away. We don't do shit for birthdays and I'm not about to start.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Overheard at the Diner

"Well, as long as you don't mind seeing your sister naked."

I cannot think of any conversation where that sentence would have come about, or any direction it could have taken which wasn't terrifying.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday Night Reasons I Like My Job #2

When little old people surprise you with a good tip.
It happened three times tonight.

One weird-ass old lady (I don't care if she gave me a good tip, she was strange as shit) left me five on eight,
One nice elderly man left me five on nine.
And one old couple chatted with me, complimented my milkshake (I love making milkshakes) and left me six on 25.

It just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Blondie's Sunday Night Pet Peeve #3

Okay, so it's Sunday morning, get over it. This has been bothering me.

So Sunday mornings we have five girls. Two come in earlier and leave at 2. Three come in a little later, and leave at 3, when the night crew comes in. Technically, the night crew (and, well, everybody) is supposed to be there 15 minutes before their scheduled shift. So when I'm supposed to be there at 3, I show up at 2:45 or earlier. I'm the only one. Everyone else shuffles in around five of, five after, whenever.
This led to complaints. The girls who were scheduled to leave at 2 and 3 are pissed because they have to work until... well, 2 and 3. So instead of saying 'Suck it up, whores, that's your schedule,' or actually scolding people for coming in late, now I've been asked to come in an hour earlier, at 2, to insure everyone gets to leave when they want (as opposed to when they are scheduled).
Does that make sense?

Now, this is good and bad. It's good because sometimes I can pull an extra 20 bucks in that hour, because everyone is trying to run out the door as soon as they see me and I can get a bunch of tables.
It's bad, because everyone is running out the door, so I get three tables transferred to me and the three tables that just walked in the door - all at once. It can be frustrating because I just walked in five minutes ago and I barely have my jacket off.
It's also annoying that we have to change the schedule around to make some loudmouth waitresses happy, instead of just asking people to do what they are supposed to do. This happens CONSTANTLY, and it's always me that comes in early or stays late. Apparently I'm the only one who wants to make money, which is good... but exhausting.