Not Thankful For The Early Notice

, , | Working | July 23, 2015

(I’m a waiter at a popular sports bar. I was hired on in August and was told that, due to Thanksgiving being a busy day for football games, I had to let them know if I needed that day off in advance. I know that my family is planning a trip to the beach so I go ahead and tell my boss during the initial training day.)

Me: “I’ve already made plans with my family that week so I won’t be able to work.”

Boss: “No problem; thanks for the early notice!”

(Fast-forward to the morning before Thanksgiving Day. I’m at the beach with my family when I get a call from my boss.)

Boss: “Hey, [My Name], I know you requested this week off to be with your family, but I could really use your help here at [Bar]. Is there any way you could come in for an evening shift after you’ve had dinner?”

Me: “I’m sorry, [Boss], but I’m not in town; we’re at the beach until Saturday.”

Boss: “Wait, what?! You didn’t tell me you were going to be out of town!”

Me: “Well, I didn’t think I needed to specify where I was going to be…”

Boss: “You should have told me you wouldn’t be able to get called in; I was counting on you being in town in case I needed coverage!”

Me: “Sir, I told you I wasn’t going to be available at all this week. Why would you count on me if I requested those days off?”

Boss: “Wait… which beach are you at?”

Me: “Virginia Beach… Why?”

Boss: “That’s, what, four hours away?”

Me: *knowing where he’s going with this* “Uh huh…”

Boss: “Well… if you left at three pm you could be here by seven. That way I can have someone to close.”

Me: “Let me get this straight… You want me to leave my family vacation the day of Thanksgiving, drive four hours to work one shift, and drive back after I’ve closed the bar at two am?”

Boss: *sigh* “…I’ll see if I can find someone else.”

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