Monday, January 11, 2010

Helping Out a Friend

I wasn't scheduled to work today so I decided that I was going to spend the day cleaning the house. Around 9:30, I get a call from one of my managers asking me to work. I hemmed and hawwed it over for a couple seconds and then decided 'why not, I could use the cash'. My manager asks my what time I'd like to go in, so I say the standard 11:30.

Lunch pretty much sucked. The tips were okay, but it was so SLOOOOWW...

Then, my co-worker, E-Trainer (as I so dubbed her), comes around the corner in tears. She's shaking.

"Can you work for me, tonight?" she asks. "My fiance's grandfather just had a heart attack."

I'm moved by her tears. "Yeah," I say, not really wanting to. I agree to pick it up because I'm sympathetic. I would want someone to come to my rescue for a loved one had an emergency.

This is not my first time that I helped her, or other co-workers, out. She had horrid stomach pain once right before her double shift. I happened to be there for lunch and agreed to take her dinner. Turns out I wasn't on the 'who's who' and told the manager on duty that I'd take Erin's shift so she could go to the ER, making me a double. Turns out she had an ovarian cyst burst.

Another time, a co-worker felt sick and ran into the bathroom to throw up. I followed and held her while she cried. I told her that I'd watch over her tables while she cleaned herself up. She said she was a double so I offered to take her shift. She agreed and went home.

Anyway, today ended up fairly well. I made $115 after tip-out for a six hour shift. I'd say that's pretty damn good.

I do want to thank the four ladies who left me 20.20 on 80.00 and the table who left me 15 on 60. I appreciate it!


  1. It's wonderful that you're like that. When my mother went on hospice and died last year, everyone was willingly to say a thousands "oh, I'm so sorry, if you need anything ask!" but no one would cover shifts and I had a very unsympathetic manager at the time. I hope people are there for you when you need it just like you are for them!

  2. You're a sweetheart to cover for people!

  3. People like you are needed in every restaurant.

  4. You need a pat on the back. :) Definitely well earned tips. :)

    I wish there were more people like that where I work. I'm willing to help people out but they don't really like to return the favour.