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I was working at a small family-owned business and one day it was extremely busy. The tables were pushed too close together and I kept bumping into this woman’s chair. As soon as the waitress notified me, I went directly to the table and apologized. As the birthday girl at the table accepted my apology she reached out for a hug. When hugging her, my hair fell off of my shoulder and into her food (there were two bites left, if that). After I hugged her, I pulled my arm back and it spilled her drink all over their table. Everything was going wrong. I went to the manager/owner of the restaurant and apologized for messing up the table. He was cursing at me and yelling in the middle of the restaurant. He made me pay for their food with the tips I made that night. He also grabbed my hair and pulled on it, while cursing at me and telling me to put it up. I immediately had an anxiety attack, and closed out my last table by saying, “I think I just lost my job”. That night, the $180 I made in tips was confiscated by the owner due to the issue. So far I have begun the process of suing him for the financial and emotional stress caused on my family. I share this story to let others know that it’s NEVER okay for anyone in the workplace to put their hands on you. If this ever happened to you, seek help from someone, because it is extremely illegal. In addition, stealing tips is also illegal. Never let anyone, regardless of their social status, money or power take advantage of you in any way ever. - The server asked to remain anonymous
"I was working a double at my place of employment. The outside of the building has cedar beams and siding, they were being refinished so the company that was refinishing them was outside pressure washing and prepping them to be resealed. At the time they were doing that it wasn't busy and had no customers in the building, so my manager decided to run to the bank to make the daily deposit and swing by the post office to mail the daily mail. She had been gone for no longer than 20-25 minutes, I was in the kitchen getting ready for the evening rush, I came out of the kitchen to make sure no one had come in to be waited on and I looked out into our indoor patio area and seen a slight haze as the sun shined through the floor to ceiling windows. I went to our head cook and asked him to come out and look at it, cuz it just didn't look right. He saw the same thing I did. So when my manager came back I told her immediately about it. Well, come to find out that while the building was being pressure washed it caused some wires to start a fire! Thank goodness it had also been caught in time that we didn't have to close the place down but we did have to close that section for a couple hours so they could get it fixed. We were able to open the section back up right before the supper rush that evening. There were a couple that had came quite frequently to eat, I created them at the door and asked where they wanted to sit. The wife said they would like to sit out in our patio area, so I brought them out there sat them at a table and told them their server would be with them shortly. She thanked me and said I just love sitting out here the view is just fabulous and then she went on to also comment about the "fresh cedar smell!" I just smiled and said ya it's really nice! All the while laughing inside and thinking if she only knew the reason for the fresh smell of cedar was because of an electrical fire in the ceiling a couple hours prior!!" - Renee

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