I started bartending at a private club just under a yr. ago. I got the job, because guy Whit who had that shift, is like 75-80 y/o, & was in the hospital, & they didn't think he'd be coming back to work. The shift was perfect, gave me a little time out of the house, some extra $, & a little self worth.
Whit showed up a few mos. later & was kinda rude, saying, "so you're the one who took my shift" & I just joked that they were big shoes to fill, but I was trying, & let it go. A wk. later my boss called & said that Whit wanted his shift back, & since he'd been there for yrs, that he felt he had to give him back his hrs. I was upset because Whit is retired, his kids are grown, & I understand he just wants something to do, but the extra money was helping me & dh out w/ the extra expenses of raising 4 kids.
There are 2 other bartenders. Marie who had Mon., Wed., & Fri. evenings. Joe had Tues, Thurs, & Sat evenings. Then Whit had Fri. & Sat. early. Marie had mentioned that she was tired of the bar, & wouldn't mind giving me her Wed., but never actually confirmed she was going to do it. Her dh is the head boss, & he's the one who told me, that I could start Wed.'s once Whit came back, & Marie seemed a bit p.o'd. Even though she was the one who brought it up in the 1st place.
So I now work 1 day a wk. which is fine, but we have a new bar manager who had mentioned starting a rotating shift, since Fri. & Sat. are our big tip nights. He said it wasn't fair that everyone doesn't get a chance at decent tip nights.. especially Fri. which is our biggest night. He hasn't done it yet, & who knows if he will, but Marie is thinking that he's just gonna give me one of Joe's days, since he's got 3. When in reality if he does make changes it will be to rotate our shifts wkly, & poss. give me an extra day, so we each have 2, which is gonna make both Marie & Joe mad. Not exactly looking forward to that.
The thing is, that I do the events in our hall, because no one else wants them, or they are working already. And I fill in when needed. But Joe & Marie never give me much notice, Marie always tells me that I'm on call, & she'll let me know if she needs me, & Joe just calls a few hrs ahead of time. I always offer to let them have my day, if they need to miss one of their days, so they don't lose out on $$. This past wk. I found out that my son has a concert on Wed. So I texted Marie & asked if she'd switch her Mon. for my Wed. It being St. Pat's this wknd. She & I will both get more hrs, since i"m working early, w/ Whit, & she's getting the later bigger tip shift, w/ Joe.
Marie texted back just saying "yeah I'll work it". So I asked again if she wanted to switch her Mon. w/ me, & she texted back, "I'll work it"....... So now she gets Mon., my Wed., her Fri., & Sat. evening. I understand I'm working Sat. too, but early shift, doesn't get much buisness, & I'll be splitting tips w/ Whit, & he's got a lot of 'buddies" that come up there, that will prob. slip him the tips, even though he's extremly slow, & forgettfull & I'll be doing most of the work, all of the stocking, & prep for the later shift.
I'm really frustrated & think that it's only fair that Marie should've been willing to switch so I'd at least get my normal hrs, & a few extra's. I depend on that money & she knows it. But I don't want to make waves w/ her, especially considering the changes that may be coming.... She's really nice, & we get along great usually, just when it comes to work, she's not the most fair person... grrr... really don't know what to do. I'm grateful for her taking my shift & helping me out, but....
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