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    Did I make a wish on a monkey's paw?

    Starting a shift at the casino-resort. Everything went as normal, briefing, staff positions etc etc. It's Sunday so we're bound to get a lot of guests especially for the evening before Chinese New Year.
    I'm taking orders and drinks and clearing tables yada yada.

    As I walk through the kitchen to throw out some beer bottles I notice something odd. I/m usually a food runner so I know what goes on in there. The place is silent.
    The vents are off and the stoves aren't on. The chefs are just standing around. Uh oh.

    We've been open for just over a 45 minutes and we're scrambling to find out what's going on. My manager is trying to find out what's going on and the staff are all trying to go about normally, checking drinks and such. Eventually, we all get called together and discover that the gas lines IN THE ENTIRE BUILDING have crapped out and so we have no way of cooking anything. We settle on a plan: Give everyone some small appetisers and offer them free drinks if they're willing to wait for the gas to come back.

    Needless to say it didn't happen so most of the restaurant cleared out by 8:00PM and we just cleaned the place down.

    So yeah, that was a big yikes. The lines happened to crap out just as we opened so I guess it was a saving grace it didn't happen during rush hour.
    Lots of apologizing happened during those 3 hours. To be fair, this casino-resort has been around for over 30 years now.
    Hoo boy, never thought you could be stressed out from not doing anything.

  • #2
    Oh dear. Stress will get you anywhere, I'm afraid. It certainly does for me. A non-functional kitchen. How did the would-be shoppers take it?
    Customers should always be served . . . to the nearest great white.


    • #3
      Happy to hear that you made it out alive.
      Life is too short to not eat popcorn.
      Save the Ales!
      Toys for Tots at Rooster's Cafe


      • #4
        Quoth Kristev View Post
        How did the would-be shoppers take it?
        Give the shoppers plenty free drinks and they won't care. Usually.

        "I don't have to be petty. The Universe does that for me."


        • #5
          The gas lines crapped out? Does that mean they were leaking somewhere? I hope nobody was hurt.

          I imagine a lot of people stayed just for the free drinks. And you can fill up a lot on appetizers if there's no dinner to be had.
          "I look at the stars. It's a clear night and the Milky Way seems so near. That's where I'll be going soon. "We are all star stuff." I suddenly remember Delenn's line from Joe's script. Not a bad prospect. I am not afraid. In the meantime, let me close my eyes and sense the beauty around me. And take that breath under the dark sky full of stars. Breathe in. Breathe out. That's all."
          -Mira Furlan


          • #6
            I'd check the gas meter for it being padlocked off, Emergency Services for a dug up pipeline and Mountain Fool forgetting to pay Utah Plunder & Loot.
            I am not an a**hole. I am a hemorrhoid. I irritate a**holes!
            Procrastination: Forward planning to insure there is something to do tomorrow.
            Derails threads faster than a pocket nuke.


            • #7
              Quoth dalesys
              forgetting to pay Utah Plunder & Loot.
              I'd be willing to bet this story didn't take place within the service area of Utah Plunder & Loot... Just a hunch
              If you wish to find meaning, listen to the music not the song


              • #8
                Utah Plunder & Loot? Utah Plunder & Loot? Hmmm... Oh! Power & Light. Gotcha.
                "I don't have to be petty. The Universe does that for me."