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Confusing Coordinating With Subordinating

| Working | March 10, 2013

(I’m a hostess at a well-known restaurant chain. One of my coworkers who was hired at the same time as me consistently acts superior and treats the other workers like it’s their responsibility to get everything done.)

Me: “Hey, can you fix these menus? We only have two left. I’m going to do a table check.”

(My coworker nods, and I quickly walk around the restaurant. When I get back, he’s on his phone, and the menus are next to him still out of order.)

Me: “Why didn’t you organize the menus?”

Coworker: “Oh, that’s your job. I’m coordinating.”

Me: “But you’re not doing anything right now.”

Coworker: “But I’m not supposed to do menus.”

Me: “Are you kidding me? [Other coworker] and I are running all over the restaurant taking care of customers, and you can’t even put the menus back together?”

(My coworker glares at me then goes back to his game. For the rest of the night, I fixed the menus, sat customers, grabbed silverware and new menus, answered the phone, and opened the door while he was “coordinating.”)

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