Apparently, I’m it. Every two weeks Pro Rodeo figures our tip percentages and writes it on our checks. I keep track of my tip percentages every day, but he likes to know how we’re doing as well. Out of 5 servers, I led the pack in percentage and sales. There were some near tears over this news, and I soothed one server by telling her I have a great mentor, so it really wasn’t fair.
If anyone at the Harribalsac cared enough to keep track of tip percentages they would have realized that I was consistently one of the top money makers, and therefore one of the top servers. Money talks, bullshit walks. I had the reputation for being the worst server who had the most complaints, a rumour started by a hostess who didn’t like me. In nearly four years no one ever took the time to see if her claim was valid, so “The Worst Server” title followed me around. All I can say is “Fuck you, you stupid assholes.”
Pro Rodeo is way impressed with me. He seriously can’t say enough good things about me, and my head is getting really big. But then, he cares about his business and he’s out on the floor every night seeing what goes on rather than listening to bullshit gossip.
Not only am I Hot Shit, but the Spaghetti Western is as well. I keep track of my money; how much I make, my percentage, my hourly rate, how many tables I had, my tip average per table, and night shift versus day shift. OCD has its advantages. About mid-month I compared this year versus last year at the Harribalsac. I figured I would come out about even for June, but I told myself there was no way I could beat August, my busiest month at the Harribalsac. The Spaghetti Western just isn’t big enough. We can’t do that level of business.
So, the month is nearly over and colour me flabbergasted. I made more money in June, my slowest month at the Harribalsac than I did in August, my busiest month. Not only that, I made more money working fewer hours, with fewer tables. Add in a free shift meal, a free shift drink, an air conditioned dining room, and co-workers who rock, and I’m truly blessed.