Top Text: “MANAGERS TELL YOU NOT TO USE YOUR CELLPHONE ON THE CLOCK.”
Bottom Text: “10 MINUTES LATER WALKS BY WHILE TEXTING.”
Now I know most stores have a policy that says something along the lines of you can’t use your cellphone while at work, on the floor, at the register, blah blah blah. At my store we have signs saying we can’t have our cellphones out, to text or make calls on our break. Not everyone follows that rule, including myself. At times I have returned a text message, but been smart enough to not do it while I am with on the floor, infront of a costumer, or working. In most times its when the store is dead, and I have nothing to do so I do it. Everyone in my store does it, but the managers are the worst offenders.
What makes it worse, is they catch you on your phone and will tell you “put that away do it on your break” but then i will see them walk on the floor, clear as day texting away. I’ve even walked up to the service desk and seen a manager with their phone charging just texting away as someone is talking to them. But if myself or a coworker goes to the bathroom or goes to get something in the backroom we get told “dont go on your cellphone while you are back there!” its bullshit and annoying. And when they are asked about it we get told “its store related” yeah that photo you are posting on instagram of your lunch is so store related. And I have had this discussion with other robins too and they all agree its in their stores also. It pisses me off, and their excuse is “we are management” Cool I get bitched at for checking the time on my phone, while you can scroll through facebook all day.
Chelsea Welch, the US waitress who was fired after she posted a picture of a tip receipt on Reddit, wrote for us:
I was a waitress at Applebee’s restaurant in Saint Louis. I was fired Wednesday for posting a picture on Reddit.com of a note a customer left on a bill. I posted it on the web as a light-hearted joke.
This didn’t even happen at my table. The note was left for another server, who allowed me to take a picture of it at the end of the night.
Someone had scribbled on the receipt, “I give God 10%. Why do you get 18?”
I assumed the customer’s signature was illegible, but I quickly started receiving messages containing Facebook profile links and websites, asking me to confirm the identity of the customer. I refused to confirm any of them, and all were incorrect.
I worked with the Reddit moderators to remove any personal information. I wanted to protect the identity of both my fellow server and the customer. I had no intention of starting a witch-hunt or hurting anyone.
Now I’ve been fired.
The person who wrote the note came across an article about it, called the Applebee’s location, and demanded everyone be fired — me, the server who allowed me to take the picture, the manager on duty at the time, the manager not on duty at the time, everyone. It seems I was fired not because Applebee’s was represented poorly, not because I did anything illegal or against company policy, but because I embarrassed this person.
In light of the situation, I would like to make a statement on behalf of wait staff everywhere: We make $3.50 an hour. Most of my paychecks are less than pocket change because I have to pay taxes on the tips I make.
After sharing my tips with hosts, bussers, and bartenders, I make less than $9 an hour on average, before taxes. I am expected to skip bathroom breaks if we are busy. I go hungry all day if I have several busy tables to work. I am expected to work until 1:30am and then come in again at 10:30am to open the restaurant.
I have worked 12-hour double shifts without a chance to even sit down. I am expected to portray a canned personality that has been found to be least offensive to the greatest amount of people. And I am expected to do all of this, every day, and receive change, or even nothing, in return. After all that, I can be fired for “embarrassing” someone, who directly insults his or her server on religious grounds.
In this economy, $3.50 an hour doesn’t cut it. I can’t pay half my bills. Like many, I would love to see a reasonable, non-tip-dependent wage system for service workers like they have in other countries. But the system being flawed is not an excuse for not paying for services rendered.
I need tips to pay my bills. All waiters do. We spend an hour or more of our time befriending you, making you laugh, getting to know you, and making your dining experience the best it can be. We work hard. We care. We deserve to be paid for that.
I am trying to stand up for all of us who work for just a few dollars an hour at places like Applebee’s. Whether a chain steakhouse or a black-tie establishment, tipping is not optional. It is how we get paid.
I posted a picture to make people laugh, but now I want to make a serious point: Things like this happen to servers all the time. People seem to think that the easiest way to save money on a night out is to skip the tip.
I can’t understand why I was fired over this. I was well liked and respected at Applebee’s. My sales were high, my managers had no problems with me, and I was even hoping to move up to management soon. When I posted this, I didn’t represent Applebee’s in a bad light. In fact, I didn’t represent them at all.
I did my best to protect the identity of all parties involved. I didn’t break any specific guidelines in the company handbook – I checked. But because this person got embarrassed that their selfishness was made public, Applebee’s has made it clear that they would rather lose a dedicated employee than an angry customer. That’s a policy I can’t understand.
I am equally baffled about how a religious tithe is in any way related to paying for services at a restaurant. I can understand why someone could be upset with an automatic gratuity. However, it’s a plainly stated Applebee’s policy that a tip is added automatically for parties over eight like the one this customer was part of. I cannot control that kind of tip; it’s done by the computer that the orders are put into. I’ve been stiffed on tips before, but this is the first time I’ve seen the “Big Man” used as reasoning.
Obviously the person who wrote this note wanted it seen by someone. It’s strange that now that the audience is wider than just the server, the person is ashamed.
I have no agenda here. I seek no revenge against the note writer. I have no interest in exposing their identity, and, at this point, I’m not even sure I want my job back. I was just trying to make a joke, but I came home unemployed.
I’ve been waiting tables to save up some money so I could finally go to college, so I could get an education that would qualify me for a job that doesn’t force me to sell my personality for pocket change.
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I’ve made two new Star Wars Episode 7 mashup movie posters, done in the same spirit as my last Star Wars/Little Miss Sunshine mashup poster. This time they’re a riff off the Star Trek: Into Darkness poster now that director J.J. Abrams has been announced to direct Episode 7.
One of the fun things about making Episode 7 fan art is sitting back and coming up with scenarios that might theoretically occur in the new sequels. There are many unanswered questions for them to address, such as which principle characters will drive the plot, which locations will be used, and which “wow” moments will be created. I tried illustrating two very different directions for these mashups, both involving the silhouette of the Rebel Alliance logo replacing the Star Fleet insignia from Star Trek.
For this first poster, I went to the Star Wars canon from the novels, where Luke Skywalker, now a Jedi Master, returns to planet Yavin IV with R2D2 to set up the new Jedi order at the Massassi temple. I’m fairly certain the Jedi order will begin to be remade in Episode 7, and will continue to grow throughout the new trilogy.
Insane fan-made Star Wars Episode VII poster by Lyndon Berresford and Paul Bateman
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[Image Description: Background is several triangles in a circle like a pie alternating from true red, scarlet and black. A robin is sitting on his perch looking to the right.
Top Text: “MANAGER SAYS TO CALL THEIR CELL PHONE IN A STORE RELATED EMERGENCY.”
Bottom Text: “DOESN’T ANSWER.”]
Before you assume anything, or think, “Oh, managers have lives too,” this has happened far more times than I can count.
I work in a small, independently owned bookstore. The owner has implemented a ridiculous rule stating that in case of any sort of emergency, big or small as it may be, it is mandatory that we first contact our manager. We are not allowed to call any of the emergencies contacts, like the security company or IT guy etc. (excluding 911) if something goes wrong unless we have permission from our manager to do so.
Yesterday evening, the alarm went into trouble mode on it’s own, two hours before closing. As instructed, my coworker and I called the manager’s cell phone asking for permission to contact the security company, and were promptly directed to voice mail. Sure, no problem, we’ll just call back again later. We did this, and again were directed to voice mail. In total, we probably left nine or ten messages asking them to please call us and either give us permission to call the company or to give us further instruction what to do next.
Closing time rolls around, and the manager still hasn’t called. We are not allowed to leave until we know what to do about the alarm, so the two of us take our time doing the nightly chores. Almost a half an hour passes from the time we’re meant to leave, and finally we get the call we’ve been waiting for. Their phone had been on silent, and then, supposedly, had died.
Human error, sure, I’m forgiving of that, but things like this have happened more than once. If you cannot fulfill the promise of always answering your cell phone, maybe it’s time to come up with another way we can contact you, or talk to the owner about changing the rule.
It’s a gym with elliptical machines are connected to video game devices. Most of the people I know, who don’t work out, would go there.
I don’t work out. I would totally go there.
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