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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

The Waiter Chronicles: Nightclub

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

About a month ago, Pepe and Junior began talking to the Owners about promoting a club-night at the Ristorante. Junior has some friends who promote after hours club-nights at some other places around town, with reputable success. Those conversations turned into plans, and the first one of those club-nights is tonight, from 10 pm to 1 am.

Now, from the outset of these conversations I made it clear to Junior and Pepe that I'm probably not available to work these events. They protested that we'd be making all kinds of money, but still I demurred. So imagine my surprise when this week's schedule appeared and I was slotted to work at 9 pm tonight.

First, that the event found its way onto the schedule means that it's got a lot more Owner backing than I thought. But secondly (and more obviously), I repeatedly made it known that I am unavailable, especially for this first one, since I have a friend in from out of town.

Two conversations with the Owner followed.

Saturday, November 3
Me: "[Owner], I'm not available to work these Wednesday night events."
Owner: [hastily eating pasta and not looking at me] "Why not?"
Me: "They're way too late. I have a pregnant wife at home."
Owner: "So. She doesn't need you to be pregnant."
Me: "Well, this Wednesday, especially, I'm not available. I have an out-of-town guest staying with me over night. I can't be gone."
Owner: "That's okay. Just don't let it happen again."

Monday, November 5
Owner: "How late are you available on Wednesday night?"
Me: "Uh, [Owner], I'm not available at all. I have someone staying with me from out of town."
Owner: "So, if I need you to come in at 10 for a couple of hours, that would be okay?"
Me: "No it's not. I don't want to be a bad host."
Owner: [silence. No response]

I resent simply being expected to work an event like this. It's Junior's and Pepe's baby, they can staff it themselves. I'm not staying out until 1:30 in the morning to work a nightclub.

But I resent even more the complete disregard for my wishes. I know in the service sector you work when the schedule says you work. I know that any time "off" you may get is an accident of the scheduler, if not an all-out gift. But this seems flagrant. This makes me mad.

Am I being unreasonable?

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posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 8:43 AM


I don't think you're unreasonable at all... if you hadn't have been so clear from the beginning that this was something you're NOT interested in then it would be a whole different matter, but this wasn't the deal you signed up for.
commented by Blogger Jerilyn, 1:31 PM  
Thank you, Jerilyn. Thank you for the validation.
commented by Blogger Not Prince Hamlet, 1:32 PM  
I think you made an excellent choice.
commented by Anonymous Friend from Out of Town, 5:54 PM  
I think you're being very unreasonable.

And selfish.

And stubborn.

commented by Anonymous landon, 6:42 PM  

Friend from Out of Town and I drove past the Ristorante at 10 pm last night. The place was empty.
commented by Blogger Not Prince Hamlet, 7:09 AM  
Hey Bro, you're not being unreasonable; your boss on the other hand is being unreasonable and disrespectful. You signed up to work in a restaurant, so yes, you need to be flexible. but there were no club nights when you signed on, so it can;t be expected for you to work. And as for his flip remark about your pregnant wife...I was surprised by your restraint..I woulda decked him.
commented by Anonymous edub, 6:49 AM  

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