Hello there! It's Abby,
So, I'm at my new job, waitressing mostly 3rd shifts at a waffle
I get lot's of crazies, as you can imagine, but my biggest problem
at the moment, is not with customers, coworkers, management, or anything
of that sort.
It's with my coworkers's children.
Now, my poor coworker, I'll call her K., has two children, ages 10
and 7 or 8. Her husband is gone due to work, which I believe is why the kids
behave so badly...
Before I get too into this, a story!
I go into work, K's kids are there, K is stressed [she asked for
1rst shift so the kids wouldn't have to sit in the business for four to
six hours until someone picked them up, obviously, management didn't
I get to work, we only have a few customers, and the oldest kid, 10
ish, has this HORRIFYING conversation with his MOTHER..
Kid: I'm hungry.
K: Well pick something to eat and let Abby know.
Kid: I want a hamburger steak.
[the most expensive thing on the menu, about $11]
K.: No, it's too expensive, how about a cheeseburger or something?
At this point the kid gets up, runs over, KICKS HIS MOTHER and screams 'NO YOU STUPID BITCH I WANT A FUCKING HAMBURGER STEAK!'
I am speechless. This sort of thing happens DAILY. He and his
younger sister, though she'll pretty much listen after a minute.
The other day we had customers, and the kids were fighting and I
went over and screamed, yes screamed, 'GIVE ME THE FUCKING SALT AND PEPPER NOW!' The girl gave me hers, but nooo, the boy THREW his across the
restaurant and said 'Go pick it up yourself you dumb bitch.'
Now. I grew up in the era where if you got spanked, it was
discipline, not this, 'if you hit your kid it's abuse' bullshit people
are trying to pull.
I really just feel completely helpless, these kids flip off
customers, call their mom a bitch and God knows what else, and hit her.
It's been all I can do not to jump over the counter and slap the
piss out of that little asshole, but I just have no idea how that would
Does anyone have anything helpful I could use in such events? Do I
slap the kid? Do I slap K for not slapping the kid? Do I bitch at
management about how if they don't want people complaining about them,
they should schedule her accordingly?
Oy. If my children ever speak to me that way, they're gonna be
standing up for a week...
Anything will help...
P.S., My [now] husband and I are doing great! We were so blessed at
our wedding, and had an awesome honeymoon! Thank you all for the good