Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Workplace Fear Factor
I don't know whether naming names in this story will leave me open to legal action, and I don't have the resources or desire to find out. But I still want to let you guys know what happened, so please use all of your critical thinking skills when you read this post.
I, along with several friends were at a national chain restaurant/bar famous for hot wings and busty waitresses with white tank tops, and orange shorts. Our server, whom I'll call Mindy, asked if any of us needed anything since she would be unavailable for a while. I figured it was for a staff meeting, but she informed us that the entire staff was going into the walk-in freezer, and the last one out would get to go home early.
We thought she was joking, but we looked around after she left and realized that all the servers were gone. a few minutes passed and she came back shivering with a smile on her face. She had outlasted the others and had earned an early exit. While we were happy for her, it was a bit unsettling. Mindy told us that one of the managers had come up with the idea, and that it went on in other locations. She also said that she didn't mind doing it and neither did the other girls.
Male Perspective Disclaimer
This guy is a genius for combining the mathmatecal equation:
Cold + White Cotton Tank Top + Buxom Female = Look At These!
with the respectability and authority of management.
End Male Perspective
But honestly, there's just something unsettling about the whole thing. To me, it has all the earmarks of a Dateline investigation. And you just know that one day there'll be an accident where two girls got too intense and froze to death.
So the next time you find yourself at this particular chain, be kind to your server. It might be the last time you ever see them.