A while ago I wrote about my first job ever, working at a pizza place, and a little bit of background on how I landed the gig. Earlier this month I wrote about some of the lessons I learned there. Today is the most fun part as I dive into some crazy stories from my first job.
People Don’t Always Deserve a Second Chance…
I worked with a cook who was probably in his twenties. He was nice enough but he just wasn’t mentally stable. He’d go to Barnes and Noble on his lunch breaks and go steal CD’s and DVD’s then come back and brag about it. I don’t know if they were actually stolen or if he was just trying to show off. Regardless it was stupid.
Things got crazier. One day he wanted to go home from work early and the shift manager told him he couldn’t, after all, he was the only cook that night. So what did he do? He stabbed himself in the stomach with a kitchen knife. It wasn’t very deep but it definitely needed stitches. Best I remember he was sent to the hospital.
They told him he could no longer work there. Smart decision right? It gets crazier. He came back and apologized and the manager rehired him!!! You have got to be kidding me… it was insane. He did end up quitting a few weeks later but man… craaaazy.
We Got Robbed… Twice
The first time we got robbed was November 9th, 2004. Luckily I didn’t work that night but how do I remember the exact date? It was the Halo 2 launch date. I didn’t own an Xbox and I didn’t play Halo but you’ll understand in a minute…
Basically a group of three people came in through the back door of the restaurant after they thought everyone but the manager went home for the night. The office was downstairs and they went down and robbed him at gunpoint. Scary stuff. Luckily the cook was putting some items back in the walk in fridge and heard the whole thing go down. He freaked out and ran out of the restaurant to the near by mall.
Normally the mall wouldn’t be open at midnight but it was the Halo 2 release party. He had someone call the police but unfortunately the robbers got away that night. The manager was shaken up but didn’t get hurt. Fortunately the robbers were stupid and got caught a couple days later.
The Second Robbery
We got robbed again just a few weeks later. The assistant manager was alone closing the store one night and claims to have gotten robbed. This time the robbers broke a few things, locked the manager in the office and disconnected the office phone. He was found the next morning.
I’d feel bad for him except it turned out that the assistant manager actually orchestrated this robbery himself. See, he was a bit of a crack head and owed his dealer some money. He staged the robbery to pay off his crack dealer. No one could prove it but the manager was promptly fired… this place was seriously messed up.
That Manager Wasn’t the Only Druggie
We had other managers and employees that were druggies too. In fact I’d say probably 75% or so. I witnessed cooks snorting pain pills with shift managers in the office with dollar bills out of the till. I kid you not!
We also had a cook who didn’t do drugs but dealt drugs. He used the money to pay his way through college. I don’t know what brought him to do it but I know he made a ton of money. He did get in a quandary once when someone didn’t pay him for a large amount but I think that worked itself out one way or another.
I Could Go On For Pages…
… but I won’t. Thinking back on it I know exactly why I didn’t turn out like my coworkers. My parents. They taught me well and while I didn’t agree with the majority of what went on there it was an easy job with a paycheck that would schedule the hours I needed. I witnessed a lot of crazy stuff but did not participate. Did I get made fun of? You bet, but I wasn’t about to become one of them. Only a couple of them went on to college and I bet many of them aren’t much further along in a career than where they were many years ago.
Do you have any crazy stories from your first job? Please share 🙂