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Waitress Will Not Go Back

by Anonymus
(Austin, Texas)

Recently after my high school graduation, I started working as a part-timer for a restaurant in Austin. The owner is the cook and his wife is the person in charge of the waitresses. She would often yell at me, pressing her fingers hardly on my arms when correcting me, in front of co-workers and customers. Sometimes I felt afraid to ask questions and even afraid to ask for my lunch break, which did not last more than 20 minutes.

Once she got mad because I invited some walk ins to sit in a table that was in an area that she had reserved for some customers that had called. I was on the impression that she had only reserved one large table for those guests, not the whole room. That day I felt so bad that I left 5 min earlier with the excuse that I had a date, and did not wait for my tip.

Two days after I called about my tips and 3 weeks of hours that had not been paid. Her husband, who appreciates me very much, met with me. He handed me my paycheck and asked me if I wanted to stay with them. I told him how I felt. He invited me to call his wife and try to straighten things out with her. I did received a phone call from her the day after, on my cell phone. She wanted to know specifically what I had spoken about with her husband. After she insisted so much, I told her and she started yelling and me, using language, and asking me that her husband and me cannot mistake her for a fool.

Of course I will not go back. But it is very discouraging because it is my first working experience and I really liked the dynamics of the job. I was possibly the employee that made more tips, and people liked me. The only thing I did not enjoy about my job was working for this hysterical woman.

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