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Phone It In Friday

Yeah....I was cut at 12:55 yesterday.  Roughly $40 in sales. No tips.  Manager Tightpants spent the last hour avoiding eye contact with me, like he KNEW I was going to use my Jedi powers to send me home, leaving him to deal with Goodtime Charlie and the New Hire (who I am fairly certain was on something.  So much for my high hopes).

He finally sighed like it was killing him.  "I'm gonna check labor, and then maybe I'll send you home."

We're at 111%

He made a face at me.  "Very funny.  We can't be....wait, how did you guess that?  You're good, but you're not THAT good."

You left your manager card with me.  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the button on the Other Menu page that says "Labor and Sales" is...labor and sales.

"How long have you been tracking this stuff?"

About three months.  How do you think I know when to start nagging you to let me go?  It's not just boredom; it's numbers.

"Go home."  And he walked away, muttering something about my continued refusal to go into management and how I'm going to own the damn store some day.


It gave me a good head start on getting the grocery run done.  I normally like to do it in the morning, but have come to terms with the fact that I get paid on Fridays and going after work is sometimes unavoidable.  Especially if I want supplies for the weekend, and I do NOT plan on wearing pants today or tomorrow.

Besides, I needed cheap champagne for brunch mimosas tomorrow.  The spousebeast and I decided to celebrate of 14 year Hookup-versary tonight/tomorrow, since I have to work Monday.

[I really want to come up with something better than "Hookup-versary."  Anniversary of our first kiss is accurate, but a bit too twee for me.    Maybe Celebration of Mark's Being the World's Worst Wingman?  Commemoration of the World's Longest Lesbian One-Night Stand That's Neither One Night Nor Involves Lesbians?  Like our relationship, it's a work in progress.]

I've been bitching that Walgreens doesn't have lightup Halloween glasses this year, and he managed to find two Nightmare Before Christmas ones (and I LOOKED!  Where the hell were they hiding them?).  He decided we needed a gift, and how could we not have glasses with Jack and Sally that say "Mistfit Love"?

Perfect for obscenely large mimosas.

ANd may I just say how much I love not having to stick to the $40 every two weeks grocery budget?  Since we both eat at work a lot of the time, it's not THAT hard to do...but the luxury of deciding I really, really want chili dogs and homemade slaw for supper (WHY?  Shark week was last week.  Seriously, that is not a normal craving for me unless accompanied by violent mood swings and the desire to kill all humans) and just throwing them in the cart feels amazing.

Eating three for supper (there may or may not have been munchies involved with that third one) feels less amazing first thing the following morning.  Just sayin'


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Oct. 22nd, 2016 07:21 pm (UTC)
Happy Celebrating!!!

we will be celebrating 50 years from first encountering each other in January!
Oct. 23rd, 2016 09:34 am (UTC)
How wonderful! Congratulations!
Oct. 22nd, 2016 10:55 pm (UTC)
LOL, I quite like Hookup-versary! I hope you have a happy one! The glasses sound perfect for y'all.
Oct. 23rd, 2016 12:25 am (UTC)
I do NOT plan on wearing pants today or tomorrow.

i like your plans.

and it never fails to amaze me how ignorant management can be. as though they're the only person who could ever possibly do what they do and everyone else who works under them is too stupid or something. nope - just not willing to take THAT responsibility on.
Oct. 23rd, 2016 09:47 am (UTC)
They can't pay me enough to wrangle those food service cats. I'd end up firing 9/10ths of FoH people, and R and I would be working days without time off for...forever.

I will say that I don't think Manager Tightpants thinks I'm stupid. I DO think, however, that I am frustrating the everlovin' shit out of him because he wants me as a manager and I won't do it. I'll keep a eye on labor and food loss and stuff, but I am not going trade a healthy tip bonus, hours where I don't have to walk to/from work in the dark or have to pay for a cab, and the ability to request a day off for stupid reasons for more headaches and more stress.

I'm such a slacker.
Oct. 29th, 2016 01:14 am (UTC)

Totally seconding the pants thing here, by the way. :P

Oct. 23rd, 2016 01:25 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary of Hooking Up! :)

I so get the not wanting the responsibility of management. Been there, done that, wrote the very frustrated book on the matter. It's just not worth the sleepless night and stress. I just want to bake the bread, man.

Those NBC glasses sound awesome! Our Walgreens has had a lot of NBC stuff, but I haven't seen those glasses! I'd remember those!
Oct. 23rd, 2016 10:01 am (UTC)
I'm not even sure that taking management would make me more money on an hourly basis in the long run. I'd get more hours, sure. But I'm not sure the stress is worth it.

Besides, those tips are awfully pretty.
Oct. 30th, 2016 12:40 am (UTC)
Sorry about the late response, but you're completely right. If it works anything like Panera, management winds up putting in more hours and filling in the work force gaps if people call out and replacements can't be found. I was putting in well over 65+ a week (closer to 70 hours, truthfully) and was on call CONSTANTLY. I was terminal case of exhaustion. Looking back, I'm not sure how I managed to keep up that pace for three years.

It's just not worth it. Not for me, anyway.
Oct. 23rd, 2016 03:52 am (UTC)
Is there a reason you don't go into management? It sounds like they're willing to offer you the position.
Oct. 23rd, 2016 09:32 am (UTC)
It's not worth it to me. The additional money would likely not be enough for the additional hours once I can't make tips any more, and I KNOW they can't offer me enough to herd the cats that are our remaining, bedraggled FoH staff.

I'm also holding out for my one year of employment (I'm halfway there) so I can be part of the crew who opens new restaurants. It's two weeks every 2-3 months. You go, you get paid $1-2 more hourly depending on what position you're training, have unlimited overtime (60-70 hour weeks are not unusual), and get to stay in a hotel and live the Anthony Bourdain lifestyle for a bit. And then get to go back to your job as register jockey/waitress/busperson/ dishwasher/mother confessor/part time shrink.

Sounds perfect for me.
Oct. 23rd, 2016 11:44 am (UTC)
Man, I remember how labor ruled the workplace.
Oct. 23rd, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
The luxury of deciding I really, really want chili dogs and homemade slaw for supper and just throwing them in the cart feels amazing.
I know the feeling...
And your dialogue with the manager really made me laugh.. "It's not just boredom; it's numbers." Brilliant ! lol !
Oct. 23rd, 2016 09:57 pm (UTC)

I love Hookup-versary. I may steal it :-)

Nov. 8th, 2016 02:18 am (UTC)
Happy hook-upversary.
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