I work in a well known area restaurant, known for a certain menu item. The restaurant remains open until 3 in the morning. Last night, I was working a closing shift. Of course we had the last minute stragglers who walked in at 2:48…It stunk but, of course that is life…The actual story begins shortly after 3 am.
At this time my last table has their food, and I’m doing some closing prep. It’s at this time that the telephone rings. As I am training a new waitor, I informed him to let the customer know that we have in fact closed. (That is in fact if they were asking for takeout, or to be sat.) Over the phone, the person informs my co-worker..”Well I know Joe* and we’ll see about that.” Then they hang up.
All continues until almost 3:30 when the customer is leaving the table. In walks 2 parties, both of which walk into the dining room. They inform me that Joe* says it’s okay for them to be sat. Mind you the restaurant has been closed for for nearly 30 minutes!
In walks Joe* and he tells me I have to take their order…I begin to feel a mix of shock and complete annoyance…As I have worked now since the dinner rush began… (Which is how the shifts work at that place) Unhappily, I take the order..(Which I am sure the kitchen is annoyed with as well since they’ve been cleaning.) After they order they proceed to sit till 4:45. At some point they ask if they’re keeping me…I of course have to say no, although I wish to say yes. They even order a round of drinks on the very last minute they can legally.
Eventually, the table a (whom ordered with the bar) pays their check..And does table b. After the checks have been paid, I run to grab my belongings so I can leave shortly after..It is now about 4:45 when they leave…
I am still floored…How is it that they think it’s okay to walk into a restaurant 30 minutes after closing..Then go over my head and force themselves to be sat…Seriously that is just wrong, and somewhat rude..(Because they not only kept me..They kept the kitchen, and bartender there late.) All of whom were less then pleased.