What a shit show of a day.
Today was the first day in quite a while where I did a lunch shift without katsuko
. Instead, I had Stephanie. The whole morning was spent with complaints. She has four doubles this week. Carlos scheduled her until 4:00 on all of those days, even though she told him she could only work to 2:30. And who did Carlos think she was, giving her all those doubles? (I didn't manage to resist from quipping, "Katsuko, apparently".) She doesn't want to work with the new manager, Rod, but she also doesn't want to work with Mirko. New Manager Rod is creepy. She hates Cesar, the kitchen manager. She thinks one of the other servers, Terry, is creepy. And on, and on, and on.
Cesar let us in the building at just gone 10:00. We got everything set up. Either I don't realize how much of the morning set up Katsuko actually does or Stephanie was slacking, because I caught myself doing quite a lot more than I usually do. I usually do the sweeping, cleaning the windows, stacking the plates, putting the cushions on the outside couch, and sometimes refilling the marking trays, along with anything else that needs done, like replacing the sanitizer bucket and towels. Today I did all of that, plus the mopping, taking down the chairs, and a bit more still.
By the time 11:30 rolled around, the only manager we had in was still Cesar. Both of them are urging me to contact Carlos, so when I finally do, he says he's on his way to at least get the cash register open for us. I hang up with him... and almost immediately, they both start with the "why did you call Carlos, we can manage without the cash drawer" and so forth. Meanwhile, I'm also trying to cancel a false alarm at the house because I don't want the police dispatched to take out the pest control lady.
Carlos got there just after 11:45, and he got us most of the way set up... and then at just gone noon, Rod comes sauntering in. Apparently, we had had no manager scheduled for today's shift, since Mirko is now supposed to be off from managing, with Rod and another assistant manager finally hired for the other store. Today was supposed to be Carlos' first day off in six days, which meant it was supposed to be Rod managing, except apparently no one told that to Rod. So when he got there, Carlos pretty much reamed him out... and not in a good way. Carlos left again by 1:00-ish, and we had Rod the rest of the day.
Lunch shift went pretty okay. I made just enough money to buy my lunch at Tacos & Tequilas. I even managed to help Cesar order some of the Illy espresso beans that Mirko likes so much. Between lunch and dinner shifts, Rod had me do a sit down with a potential new server, Bryan... and then asked me, "If you had to bet
$200 of your own money on whether or not this guy would work out, what would you say?" I replied that I'm not a betting woman, so I wouldn't even take the bet. So he said he probably wasn't going to talk to Carlos about the guy at all; the guy had bad teeth, and he didn't think that was something people in the area (or Carlos) would respond favorably to.
And then I hosted for dinner, scribbled a little bit while I was standing around, got cut, read, came home amid some pretty impressive thunder and lightning, and then pretty much collapsed. It was a shit show of a day, really.
But hey, here's my updated word count:
11114 / 50000 words. 22% done!