Customers kept whinging at me – 27th August 2000

Sunday 27th I started work at 2pm today. I was absolutely wetting myself about it all morning! I went in and Gethin spotted me and took me to a manager type person called Sandra. She took me upstairs and gave me a shirt that’s about 5 sizes too big which she found on the floor in a cupboard-style room.

I then had to follow some woman round so I could get the hang of it. I did quite quickly but once she left me to it, I couldn’t get the cutlery right! The children’s knives and forks are almost exactly the same as the adult ones! I don’t think any customers would’ve noticed though. Some food doesn’t need any but she didn’t tell me that.

I spent most of the day either folding napkins (I think that was the best bit!) or cleaning away people’s mess. Then there was ages when I had nothing to do (cos I wasn’t serving food) so I was wandering round feeling like a spare part really cos I had no idea what to do with myself!

The main problem I had though was when customers asked me questions and I couldn’t answer them cos I had no idea of the answer! Luckily there was usually another member of staff about at the time. Customers kept whinging at me that the food took ages or asking when it’d be ready. I know it’s part of that job but I didn’t like it!

Gethin was working today too. He was a right pain! He thinks he knows everything already and kept trying to help but it either confused me or made me feel stupid. Everyone also kept telling me how quickly Gethin’s picked it up and how well he fits in. I think they’re expecting me to be the same but I’m not half as forward as he is so I don’t think it’s going to happen somehow.

The only thing that made me feel a bit better was when one of the girls told me she hated her first day! Let’s hope it gets better!

I was sooo glad to finish and I really don’t want to go back tomorrow. I’m on from 5pm ‘til it closes but I’m not sure what time that is.

Jake phoned me tonight after we’d exchanged these e-mails. →

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Jake and dolls

He still had a signal cos he was still near land. He’s asked me to ask if there are still any jobs going at the pub cos he wants another one to fill the time between now and Canada.



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