A waiter found himself in a tough spot when his manager rejected his request for sick leave, demanding that he report for duty or face severe repercussions. Fearing the loss of his job, the waiter reluctantly showed up at work despite being unwell. But what happened next left his boss filled with regret and embarrassment. Here’s the full story, as shared on Reddit:
The original poster (OP) starts by explaining one thing that all waiters know to be true: “when you call in ill, they never believe you.” Whether through pessimism or past experience, the boss always thinks you’re faking it.
He Was Definitely Sick
However, on this occasion, OP definitely wasn’t pulling a sickie. He was just plain sick. He’d been throwing up all night. So, when 10am came around, he called the boss to say tell him the bad news.
The Manager Didn’t Believe Him
As OP expected, his manager didn’t believe him. In fact, he was rather effusive in his disbelief. He began by calling OP a liar, then quickly moved on to saying he was “scr***** him over.”
It Wasn’t Chicken, So…
His manager then started asking what OP had eaten. In a strange expression of his beliefs about food poisoning, when OP admitted he hadn’t eaten any chicken, the manager said he “must be lying because why else would [he] be sick?” As if you can only get sick from bad chicken…
His Job Was On the Line
If that wasn’t enough to turn you against OP’s boss, maybe this next bit will be. The boss ended up saying he’d make OP’s job hell if he didn’t go into the work that day. With that threat looming over him, OP chose to bite the bullet – a decision his boss would definitely live to regret.
He Couldn’t Do It
Apparently, there was a big table event at the restaurant that day. As a high-end venue, OP and his manager were “out front presenting the food to the table.” However, OP didn’t feel right and had to leave in the middle of it. His boss wasn’t happy…
His Manager Asked to See Him
When his manager came to the back, he told OP to meet him in his office. OP told him he really needed to be close to a bathroom, but he wouldn’t listen. With nothing else for it, OP followed him in.
His Boss Got What Was Coming
His boss told him to sit down and immediately started laying into him. But OP had bigger fish to fry. After a minute or so, he got an intense wave of nausea. With nowhere else to go, he leaned over the desk and vomited all over the boss, who promptly sent him home.
Reddit Loved It
People on Reddit were delighted to hear how things turned out for the boss. One summed the story up by saying, “He played chicken with you and lost.” And, on a similar topic, others were struck by the manager’s apparent belief about chickens and food poisoning. One asked, “Why would chicken specifically make you sick?”
The Manager Was Being Foolish
Others chimed in to criticise the manager’s decision-making. One popular comment said, “Making people who claim to be sick handle food seems like a health violation. Here’s your steak with a side of influenza.”
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