So, when I was 18, I worked for a sandwich shop down the street from
me. It was right next door to my favorite coffee shop, so at least I
could enjoy that much of it. I had worked at another popular deli
before, and so I already knew a thing or two.
My first day there, I noticed a few health violations. They had open
drippy meats stored over open cheese, and their condiments on the line
were not stored in the line, but on the countertop where they got warm
during the day. I pointed this out to the employees there, and it was
fixed. Over the next few months, I began to find myself working 7 days
a week. Literally 7 days. Whats worse, I would come in for the lunch
rush, have an hour or two off, then stay to close. So, basically, I
stayed pretty much open to close.
I was the only person there after 4, and I would generally make a
decent amount of tips for the dinner rush. Of course I would never see
all of those tips since they were split “equally.” How is it equal if
I am there 7 days a week, and yet a chunk of my tips goes to someone
who only works a few hours a week? Not fair.
I kept asking for time off, and for help on the evening shift, but
none came. The final straw, was after a few months of doing this, I
had to come in late, and couldnt help with a large lunch order because
I had a dentist appointment. He threw such a fit, I ended up skipping
my appointment and going in.
He had the nerve to start giving me the 3rd degree, asking why I was
in my uniform if I was going to the dentist. (I was going to go there
right after my appointment… hello?) I was too angry to keep dealing
with that guy. He was the owner, but didn’t even know how to make the
A customer actually liked my customer service enough, that she offered
me a job working at a major commercial airplane company with better
hours, benefits and better pay. I walked out on that deli that day,
and never bothered looking back.
The deli isn’t there anymore. I guess he ended up having too many
violations to keep the doors open. Oh well, not my problem anymore.