Friday, August 7, 2015

Cover My Shift!!!

The anxiety of trying to get your shift covered at a serving job ranks up there with wondering if the pee stick is going to turn positive or negative after a long night of having shots with your coworkers, and you ended up hooking up with one of them.  Eventually, the pregnancy scare turns out to be negative, you get your shift covered, and everything is right with the world.

But trying to get your shift covered is never easy.  Especially when you feel like you go out of your way to cover other people's shifts when they ask, but when the time comes for you to ask them, it becomes an entire ordeal.

"Hey Steve, would you be able to cover my shift next Wednesday night?  My parents are going to be in town," I asked last Saturday night.

"I might be able to, but I won't know until Tuesday.  Can I get back to you then?" Steve replied.

"That's cutting it close," I said.  "Would you be able to tell me by Monday?"

"I can't cause I have a thing.  And I won't find out about that thing until Tuesday."

And so I waited.  And of course, didn't find out until late Tuesday, that the thing that Steve was waiting for, actually turned out to be, a thing, and he couldn't cover my shift.

Such is the case for a lot of servers.  The whole reason why so many of us work in this industry is because we are pursuing other endeavors.  Such as the entertainment industry.  The service industry allows us to have flexible schedules, so hopefully when we have an audition, we will be able to get the shift covered, go to the audition, book it, and then end our penance of working in the service industry.

So this is meant for Steve, and all of the Steve's out there.  Cover shifts, because sometimes that thing you're holding off on covering someone's shift, may cost you.  And in Steve's case, that thing was drinking on the job, or in other words, alcoholism.

Until next time... Server's don't pay their rent with compliments.

"Bitter.  Party of 1?  Your table is ready."









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