An anonymous reader submitted a story about restaurant managers and how they can have a complete lack of common sense. I’m almost certain some of the threats and actions of restaurant managers are completely illegal. Read about this server’s weekly shit-show and tell me if you think this is just.
I work at a chain restaurant located in a business district that seems to draw the most ignorant, ghetto type of people. http://www.igotstiffed.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/black-people-singing-karaoke.jpg 250w" sizes="(max-width: 250px) 100vw, 250px" />There are definitely a lot of nice families that come in, but about twenty percent of our guests are just ghetto, broke, non tipping, pain in the ass triflin’ motherf…s.
Our district manager deems it reasonable to cater specifically to these people by having a “Karaoke Night” once a week where we have way too cheap drinks and beers + 1/2 off apps all night with dimmed out lights, and a DJ blasting Lil Wayne and Gucci and whomever else. It is standing room only…almost impossible to run food, drinks etc. It turns into “da club”. Some of these people show up an hour or so early (it starts at 9) with large parties…and we DON’T have gratuity!
Nobody tips (obviously), and the ones that do are at your table (or standing in your general area) all night long and will leave between $1-$5 gratuity.
There are, needless to say, a lot of walkouts. Recently our managers have started threatening to force us to pay 1/2 of all walkouts or face write ups!!!
I understand being written up for excessive walkouts but this is ludicrous. They literally turn off the lights and BLAST the music while we’re way over capacity. I signed up to work at a family restaurant, not a goddamn ghetto ass club.
Not only does this sound like the worst idea ever (at least for the staff) but I don’t think your manager can legally fire you for walkouts. How does your manager lack this much common sense. I think you need to do one of two things. If you like where you work, just not on karaoke days, adjust your availability so that you never work that shift. If you think there are greener pastures out there, put in your two weeks and report what’s going on there to the labor board.