So I just got home from work about 2 minutes ago. It would have been about 30 minutes earlier but at 5:01 pm, a father and son walked in the door as I was turning off the closed sign. They just walked in and I said “Hey guys, I’m sorry but we close at 5, but I can hang for a few minutes if ya need something.” to which the father replied, “We are just gonna look around a bit.”.
It seemed as though he completely ignored what I said along with the hours on the door. So I repeated it in different wording while letting him know that he does have a few minutes. “Yeah my kid wanted to stop in and we saw the lights on...so...” is what he uttered to me next. Now I’m usually super patient and accommodating. I have stayed waaaaaaay beyond normal business hours and have even gotten out of my car to reopen the shop if someone pulls up...but I absolutely positively hate how rude and ignorant people are when it comes to this issue.
I’m not a stranger to it. I waited tables for a decade and plenty of times I remember a dead night where I was closing. Side work was all done and one or two tables were finishing up. The remaining staff that included the wait staff, bartender, host, manager, and even kitchen manager would literally be looking out the door and windows of the Outback as it got to a few minutes before closing. Some nights we were lucky and as it struck 10:00 pm, the door was locked and 15 people were able to leave shortly after. But once in a while, a car pulls up...a pair of assholes waltz up and enter at 9:58 pm. The hostess always politely let them know that they juuuuuust made it. This was usually a nice way of letting them know that they were assholes. Sometimes they got the hint and apologized and said they will head elsewhere as they didn’t want to keep the kitchen open and a staff on just for them. In my honest of opinions...that is the right thing to do. But more often than not, people just didn’t care.
It didn’t even faze them that the two of them would be singlehandedly holding up a staff of at least 10-15 people, keeping the kitchen running, and powering up a restaurant...so they could eat their $40 dollar check worth of greasy shit. If you are guilty of doing that...just know that every single person in that building hopes you die in a fiery car wreck on your drive home. Just sayin...
This just brings me back to Father Fuckface & Son tonight. Granted, it’s a small business and I’m just one guy so it’s not like his actions were affecting a bunch of people...or even myself in all honesty. I had nowhere specific to be tonight. It’s just more of the principal of the issue. He ignored me telling him twice that we closed at 5, even though he walked in after hours...he either didn’t get it or didn’t care. They stayed about 20 minutes past and the only reason I let it go that long is because the kid had a few books in his hand. They ended up spending $18 bucks in total. Woohoo!
I do hope I read about their demise on the news later tonight though. Fingers crossed!!! 😜
So in short...don’t be that guy!