Yesterday when I got to work Pro Rodeo asked how good my memory was. Uh… Apparently, on Tuesday night when we were busy as hell, the money from two of my tables vanished. Oddly enough, it was Table 3 both times.
Last week the hostess almost got her very own unkind post. The reason was I picked up a check presenter book in the waitstation and found one of my tickets with the cash payment inside. I took it to her and told her she needed to be a little more careful picking up cash off tables. She said she didn’t have to do anything with the cash, took the book from me and tossed it beside the register before she sat on her ass at the bar. I was fucking furious. Guess who’s name is on that ticket? Guess who is responsible for the cash?
When Pro Rodeo asked me, I remembered the two tables in question and I know for certain I did NOT pick the money up from the tables. We know they didn’t walk on the tickets because when I did my tickets at the end of the night, both were in my box, which is why no one knew anything was wrong until the next day when Pro Rodeo counted the register. The money isn’t there. They didn’t pay with a credit card.
When the first people at Table 3 got ready to leave, I was up to my ass in customers. I saw them leaving and asked the hostess if she had picked up payment from the table. She said she had. The next time I had people at Table 3 was at the end of the night. I dropped off their check when I dropped the food off for Table 4, asked the hostess to collect payment from Table 3 and went outside for a much needed break.
So what the hell? Did she shove their payment in my box? Could she be that stupid? I made 21% that night, which was totally unexpected. Was part of that money the Spaghetti Western’s? I offered to pay for the tickets, but Pro Rodeo declined. I reminded him about the cash in the check presenter, but he looked in all the books and the cash wasn’t there. This means she’s either stealing or too stupid to work with us. And why is it only my tickets? Table 3 wasn’t the only table to pay with cash, but they were the only cash payments I didn’t pick up. Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me.
We now have to initial the ticket anytime we run the register or a credit card, so if there is a problem, it will be obvious who is the problem. I’m betting the problem stops immediately. There wasn’t any accountability before. It is funny though, that there has been trouble with the money only on the nights when she works. That’s a big finger pointing right at her.
In other news, our only male server got fired last night midshift. I stepped outside for a cigarette while Al-Quieda took out the trash. I told him Pro Rodeo was completely pissed off and was going to kill the server. When I went back in, Pro Rodeo told him to get off the clock. Uh…that’s bad. Then I heard him say, “The decision’s been made, this isn’t open for discussion.” I hauled ass to the kitchen and hid. I know his fuck ups have been huge and legendary. The cooks wanted to kill him, so I know it was bad, what with all the teamwork that goes on.
Pre-summer crazies…ya gotta love ’em.