I had been working at a local restaurant busting tables for the past 2-3 yrs…. Well the other night, one of my managers, we’ll call her Angela, was handing out tips (personal tips– you’ve got personal tips which are yours and then the tips on the table are supposed to be rationed out at the end of the night)… Well right as I got done busting this table, she gives me my personal tip from last week. Being on disability I only work 2 nights a week.
Well right as I got back to the dish pit, I hear someone mentioning that supposedly $20 was missing from the table I just busted. So, I made extra sure as I was going through my bus pan unloading everything that I didn’t come across any money which I may have accidentally knocked into my bus pan. Of coarse there was no money, so I thought nothing of it. Not even 5 minutes later, another manager, we’ll call him Jason, comes storming in and drags me aside, automatically in drill sergeant mode, accusing me of taking the tip off the table. So I explained that Angela gave me my personal tip, and the money I was counting out was from that, not from the table. he immediately screams at me “where are you hiding it!?!” As far as I knew I didn’t have it. He said he had 2 witnesses, I’m thinking they must have seen me count out my personal. Anyhow jason sends me home and suspends me, tells me he’s gonna talk with Mike (store mgr) and they’d get back to me in a couple days… I was kinda put off that I’m being accused and yet, I’m not even allowed to be present to present my case or defend myself here.
Well I got to talking to a friend (coworker) and I think what may have happened is that I may have accidentally gotten the tip from the table mixed in with my personal tip by accident… I figured this when I was able to have a relaxed, calm conversation to figure it all out. Had Jason approached me differently, we could have settled this a lot easier and with much less fuss. I called work tonight (but chances are Mike and Jason have already made their decision by now). Angela picks up, so I tell her this conclusion I’ve now reached, she said she’d leave it in the books for Mike…. I also told her too that I’d give back the $5 just on principal that I *might* have mixed it in accidentally with my personal tip.
I’m 35, I got more wholes in my employment history than swiss cheese. last thing I need is this on my resume. All this on top of all the other problems I’ve been dealing with…. Nobody will ever hire me if I have this on my resume. It was hard enough finding work before. And I need the money……
So this is the final straw….. If I’m fired and I can’t redeem myself, and I can’t find work, well there’s only one option left, right? To be honest, my life stopped when I reached 30 anyhow.