What Every Target of Workplace Bullying Needs to Know

Bullied At Work By Other Waitresses

by Ayana
(USA)

I used to work for a small Italian place as a server. I worked with three other girls, two who liked me at first, and one, I’ll call her Sam, who hated me. She’d tell my manager I was playing with apps instead of working (I have a flip phone, is that even possible?) and that I’m rude to the customers. I’m the nicest girl I know, just a little shy. I have never been rude to anyone.

Well, she started spreading lies about me to the other girls. I don’t know what she said, but I knew it was happening because they got cold all of a sudden. Then one Friday night, it was busy as hell and they told me not to take any tables and to just cash people out up front. Which kept me busy.

They were putting tables under my name and I found out later while getting scolded. They said I was ignoring the customers, not cleaning tables, and ringing up food wrong. I lost money that night because waitresses get paid through tips in America. I remember saying that every time it would slow down and I went to get a table or two they would yell at me and tell me to go back up front. But the managers didn’t believe me because 3 other girls were saying something different. They blamed it all on me.

I come in to work on Monday and Sam, with a big smile on her face, says the manager wants to talk to me. I was told “Get out. Nobody wants to work with you.” And later received a text from one of the others girls “that’s what you get for being a dumb bitch.” Called me aloof, and all this other crap. I’ve had trouble keeping jobs ever since.

I’m scared of that happening again. What they did was illegal, they could have stolen money in my name and I would have gotten arrested. Those girls could have put me in prison. I’ll never forget that place as long as I live.

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