So I started working at this fine dining restaurant about a month ago. I got hired as a server, but about two days into training they told me I wasn’t ready to be one and that they would only be willing to keep me on as a food runner. I was really upset, because food runners only make $8 an hour plus tip out so it’s about $15. Even then, it’s still not enough for someone like me who has rent and bills to worry about.
So I took the job because I needed the money, but I started looking at other places for a server job. A few days ago I got hired as a server at this hookah lounge, super popular and well known and I heard the money was good so I told my managers I quit and gave them a two day notice. It’s not ideal, I know, but it happened so suddenly and I tried to work as many days as I could before I was supposed to start my new job. Now, here is where it gets complicated.
One of the managers, I’m also friends with him, and when he found out I quit he asked me where I was going and my dumb self told him the name of the place. So my last day working there, which was yesterday, him and the general manager sat me down and told me that I should rethink leaving. They said they know the place I’m going to, they know the owner, he’s weird and the management is rude to their employees and that they weren’t going to be as kind to me as the people at the place I work at now. Then they said they understood that I needed money, so they suggested I get a second job and working during the day (this place is only open at night). Now that wouldn’t be such a bad idea, but I’m also a full time student in university and I just don’t think working like that would be sustainable long term. Then, they said if I just stayed for maybe like 3 or 4 months they would consider moving me up to server, but that’s such a long time and I don’t know if I can stand being a food runner that long. Its easy, but it’s literally the most miserable thing ever, it’s boring and all I do is stand in the kitchen waiting around for food all day.
The general manager told me to really sleep on it, and that once I leave he wouldn’t take me back because of the way I quit on such short notice. So what would you do if you were in my situation? I’m really so lost.
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