In my years I've seen Red Lobster (Darden) do some pretty petty and asinine things to screw their best employees. They do it regularly enough that it has become par for the course.
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The blog formerly known as "Red Lobster hates its employees".
I've been sounding this warning for years now. Red Lobster hates its employees. You are just another cog in the machine. Start squeaking and you don't get oiled, you get removed and replaced with another nameless cog.
What am I talking about you ask? Well later this month all servers will be REQUIRED to have their earnings garnished as a "tip out" for bartenders and bussers. Further, the bartenders, many of whom have a lot of years with the company, will arbitrarily have their hourly wages significantly reduced.
What are the ramifications of this? First, it shits on the experienced day time bartender. Sales are low during the day time shifts, but they often do a vast majority of the prep for the night time crew who will be too busy to do so. So now in its corporate incompetence Darden thinks adjusting the business model to screw the hand that stirs their drink is wise business. Pathetic abuse of some exceptional employees.
Further, it disproportionately punishes any sever working a daytime shift where far fewer alcoholic beverages are being served, because regardless of whether you sell a drink, the communist party at Darden is taking your money. And if you live in a region of the USA where there is limited alcohol consumption *looking at you closet alcoholics in Utah* then you're just fucked and asked to like it and come back tomorrow for two more servings.
Now here's where I'm going to piss off some of my fellow servers, but I'm calling some of you lazy dogs out here.
How will this impact servers? For a lot, especially the shitty ones, it'll cost them money. Here comes the rant.
If you are a lazy incompetent server, this is going to cost you a boatload of cash. So hopefully it'll make some of you whiny bitches hit the bricks.
What do I mean? If you were all selling drinks like you were supposed to, and my drink sales are evidence that it IS possible, then this wouldn't be such a massive clusterfuck. Furthermore, if you tipped out as well as you claimed you did you stingy chintzy bastards, none of this would matter.
What do I mean? For years now I've tipped out AT LEAST 10% of all my bar sales to my bar tenders. It's only fair. And 10% of my bar sales on 90% of my shifts is a shitload more cash going to the bartender than this new system. So in reality, because I'm good at my job, because I can sell shit - ketchup popsicles to ladies in white mink gloves biatch - I will actually take home more money due to this policy. But I know I am in the minority in this. And I ALWAYS tip my busser(s) prior to my shift so I know they'll be working their asses off for me rather than waiting and wondering. And when I do well, I give them more at the end of the shift. And believe me, the bussers do work their asses off in my section while...not so much in the other cheap prick's areas.
Why is Red Lobster kicking their front of the house employees in the balls (again)? Because it will save them $4-5 million on the bottom line. Never mind the fact they'll likely loose some of their best bartenders over this. Never mind the fact they'll have training costs because of it. Never mind the fact that they will have reduced productivity because of it. Never mind they further reduce already shitty moral in many stores across the country and did nothing but generate ill will towards themselves. You can only fuck with your people for so long and then things happen. It would NOT surprise me if a movement begins in Red Lobsters across the country to move towards unionization because of this. Check out UNITE HERE if you are interested.