No Point Lying Over Soiled Milk

| Working | January 21, 2015

(I am working as a hostess in a popular restaurant. A couple has come in to celebrate finding out the wife is pregnant. They have ordered our most popular drink that includes milk and vanilla ice cream, but without the alcohol. The host stand and bar are next to each other and I was good friends with the bartender that night. A few minutes after the drink was delivered, the waitress and the manager call me over.)

Manager: “[My Name], can you go to that table and spill the drink at their table?”

Me: “What? Why?”

Server: “I made the drink instead of [Bartender] since it wasn’t alcoholic and I used expired milk. So I want you to spill it so we can make a new one.”

Me: “I really don’t want to spill expired milk and ice cream all over the table when they’re celebrating.”

Manager: “Well, [Server] can’t do it because it could affect her tip and I’m the manager, so they wouldn’t believe I could be so incompetent. You’re just the hostess so you can do it, no problem!”

(I’d worked as a server at another restaurant for years and even if I hadn’t, I was very taken aback by the manager basically telling me I was incompetent because I was working as a hostess.)

Me: “This doesn’t sound like it has anything to do with me. I’d really rather stay out of it.”

Manager: *shoves a bowl of bread in my hands, pushes me over to the table and says this before running away* “This is [My Name]. She has some bread for you to start with!”

Me: “I heard about the happy news! Congratulations! I was actually just talking to the bartender who said she wanted to put some extra chocolate decorations into the drink for you as a congratulations present. Would you mind if I grabbed it for a second? I promise to bring it right back with some extra goodies on it.”

Customer: “Thank you! That sounds wonderful!”

(I grabbed the drink, asked the bartender to quickly make a new one with non-spoiled milk, and added some extra chocolate to it. The customer was thrilled, and the manager and server just stared unbelieving at me while this happened. The manager took all the credit for the idea afterwards. Thankfully it was only a summer job and I left shortly thereafter!)

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