Brit Brat

, | Working | August 26, 2014

(We have a bus full of Brits come in.)

Coworker: “Nope. Not gonna serve them if they don’t speak German.”

Me: “What! Why?”

Coworker: “I don’t speak English. They’re in Germany. They can f****** speak German.”

Me: *out loud to all customers* “Would everyone who doesn’t speak German please come into my line? Thank you!”

Coworker: *looks at me as if I have killed someone* “That’s so rude of you!”

Me: “Not worse than denying them service. Go and take care of the other customers, please. The ones who speak German.”

(I spend the next half hour serving only Brits while she was done after only five minutes.)

Me: “Can you at least help me prepare all the food?”

Coworker: “No. I’m gonna go for a smoke.”

(Apparently, some of the guests do understand German because as soon as my coworker is gone they start moaning about her. I am left speechless while this group of people start telling me how nice I am, how great my English is, and that I should keep my chin up and not despair.)

Me: “Thank you, but it’s okay. Really.”

(After all the customers are done and served, the oldest of them comes up to me and hands me €10!)

Oldest Customer: “Here you go. I know you don’t usually get tips, so this is from us to you because you’re awesome. Treat yourself.”

(I tried to decline but then just thanked him. That’s when my coworker came back; she took a 20-minute smoking break while I worked. I was thinking about complaining to our supervisor for a while but then just thought it was not worth the hassle. The kitchen crew had noticed the whole thing. An hour later our supervisor came and asked me what had happened (my coworker was smoking again) and I told him the truth. She got a very strict warning from him – apparently not her first!)

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