Chapter 9, Part 3: Workplace Etiquette According to Bratty McBratFace
In 2017, during Summer of Terror 2.0, Bratty McBratFace was eventually hired as a part-time hostess at a local chain restaurant. The good news is Bratty did not get fired this time as she did during her high school part-time job (spoiler alert – that wasn’t her fault! She was discriminated against! The store manager was against her! She was the victim!). The bad news (for the restaurant, the other workers and customers) was that Bratty did not get fired so unfortunately they were stuck with her.
On Bratty’s first day, the manager (a male, and not an evil middle-aged woman this time!) was showing her around and training her on some machines. Obviously he was unaware of that Bratty McBratFace was already an expert at everything. Bratty mentioned she used a similar machine at her prior job and the manager said ok, but let me show you anyway as a refresher. When Bratty came home from her first day, she told SO she was very upset by this. How dare he train her on something she already had knowledge of! Who did he think he is? He was clearly mansplaining and how was she expected to bear this? I was listening while getting dinner ready but stayed silent since as SO noted ‘I was not Bratty’s mother’. SO just sat there and nodded.
The next day Bratty was sent home early. SO asked her why, and she was again upset. She was told prior to being hired that the role required her to wear black pants, a black belt and a shirt the restaurant provided. Well Bratty wanted to wear a white belt. They sent her home and told her not to return until she had the proper attire. Bratty again ranted to SO about the ‘man’ keeping her down with these made-up rules. SO again nodded.
A week or so later, Bratty came home upset again. SO asked her what happened. A waitress complained about her to the manager saying she was seating people in the wrong sections. Bratty said this waitress didn’t like her and had it out for her. The manager went over the seating chart with Bratty again. However, the drama with the same waitress flared up again when her family came for dinner there one evening and Bratty deliberately seated them in a different section (even though they asked specifically for this waitress’ section). Bratty claimed she wasn’t aware of the request. The manager reprimanded Bratty again.
Another week or so passes and Bratty again comes home upset. A customer came into the restaurant wearing a shirt with a political slogan on it that Bratty did not agree with. Yet Bratty had to seat him anyway! Oh, the inhumanity! Why did Bratty have to serve people like this? (Um, because they are the customer and you are paid to). SO told Bratty she didn’t have to do anything she was morally uncomfortable with and could quit if it was upsetting her. (WTF!!!) Bratty said she wanted the money though and would work there a little while longer, at least until she quit to do some travelling before her summer was over.
Which will bring us to our next installment…Summer Vacations According to a Mini-Wife. Coming Soon!