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(AZ Family)   "If your dog died, prove it to us." Wow, this new Olive Garden promotion is aggressive   (azfamily.com) divider line
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2022-12-06 11:23:30 PM  
If there's anything I expect from the food service workers preparing and presenting my meal, it's that they are there, no matter how sick they are. Or, that they bring along their dead dog or relative.
 
2022-12-07 12:05:13 AM  
Bring in your dead dog, but be sure to swing by the Health Inspector's office first. I'm sure they'd love to be there when you bring it in to prove your dog died.
 
2022-12-07 2:45:30 AM  

Bootleg: Bring in your dead dog, but be sure to swing by the Health Inspector's office first. I'm sure they'd love to be there when you bring it in to prove your dog died.


Run through the front of house and announce you are bringing your dead dog into the kitchen at the managers request...oh and enjoy your meal.
 
2022-12-07 2:47:30 AM  

Bootleg: Bring in your dead dog, but be sure to swing by the Health Inspector's office first. I'm sure they'd love to be there when you bring it in to prove your dog died.


To be fair, I've heard of sillier examples of a support.
 
2022-12-07 2:48:36 AM  
Cue "This is not representative of who I am" non-apology in 3...2...1...
 
2022-12-07 2:52:16 AM  
The Olive Garden
When you're here, you're obligated™
 
2022-12-07 2:57:27 AM  

Caelistis: Cue "This is not representative of who I am" non-apology in 3...2...1...


It's in TFA:
«The restaurant representative stated: "We strive to provide a caring and respectful work environment for our team members. This message is not aligned with our company's values. We can confirm we have parted ways with this manager."»
 
2022-12-07 2:57:42 AM  
Will they cook it up for me? If not what's the point.
 
2022-12-07 3:03:41 AM  
"If your dog died, bring it in. We can't let good meat like that go to waste!  Now get to work on that 'chicken' parmesan."
 
2022-12-07 3:08:10 AM  
If this thankless serving / bussing / bartending / hosting / prob some of the above job isn't working out-if it's anything like the recent labor market in two of the major ND cities-Bismarck and Fargo are paying a premium per hour.
 
2022-12-07 3:09:41 AM  
Sounds like a Darden foods true believer went a bit too far. They probably had fantasies of riding into Valhalla with unlimited breadsticks, shiny and chrome.
 
2022-12-07 3:09:51 AM  

The Third Man: "If your dog died, bring it in. We can't let good meat like that go to waste!  Now get to work on that 'chicken' parmesan."


Bowwownaise sauce...
 
2022-12-07 3:09:52 AM  
"Do you know in my 11.5 years at Darden how many days I called off? Zero. I came in sick. I got in a wreck literally on my to work one time, airbags went off and my car was totaled, but you know what, I made it to work, ON TIME!"

lol that is some pathetic fealty to the corporate overlord
I bet they have more than the minimum pieces of flair on their uniform

fark. I've called in sick and went fishing even when I was the owner/operator. Living > working
 
2022-12-07 3:10:28 AM  
Do you know in my 11.5 years at Darden how many days I called off? Zero. I came in sick.

Doubtless the staff, customers and health authorities truly appreciate your serving food to people while carrying communicable diseases.
 
2022-12-07 3:10:51 AM  
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My dog died :(
 
2022-12-07 3:11:45 AM  

DarksideHalo: Caelistis: Cue "This is not representative of who I am" non-apology in 3...2...1...

It's in TFA:
«The restaurant representative stated: "We strive to provide a caring and respectful work environment for our team members. This message is not aligned with our company's values. We can confirm we have parted ways with this manager."»


Aka: "we fired them for being stupid enough to put into writing what everyone else says verbally....something something values something something representative of company something something"
 
2022-12-07 3:13:07 AM  
This world is farked enough that the outcome of this manager's shiatpost is going to be a new underground market for dead dog rentals to use as get out of work passes
 
2022-12-07 3:13:18 AM  
As someone who waited tables in a lot of restaurants in the 1990s, I have encountered more restaurant managers with this attitude than not. When you're a server and broke with no health insurance, going to the doctor for a note is not practical if you want to pay rent, so if you're sick and want to keep your job you better just deal with it.
 
2022-12-07 3:14:09 AM  
'Why are you sub-minimum wage schlubs who we treat like dog-dirt and make rely on the goodwill of customers to pay your rent not committed to working for the company like you own it? what is wrong with you?'
 
2022-12-07 3:14:33 AM  
I wonder why nobody wants to work with that delightful representative of humanity.
 
2022-12-07 3:22:57 AM  
Obviously they're paying too much if their employees can afford to keep a dog.

/ Maybe that's not true in Kansas
// living in a housing crisis for this many years, being able to afford a pet-friendly place (they go at a market premium) AND keep a pet "automatically" means "rich" around here
 
2022-12-07 3:33:22 AM  
Nobody tried to get him to play 'fetch' with endless breadsticks?
 
2022-12-07 3:39:41 AM  
The manager's frustration is misplaced.  The real problem is not being allowed to keep enough staff scheduled to overcome an employee out sick.

Life happens, including illness and deaths in the family. You need enough staff to absorb that.
 
2022-12-07 3:48:43 AM  
I'm a teacher. At my first school I made the mistake on a snowy day of commenting to my department head something like why am I here? I should be skiing? She was like ... in a snide voice ... because it's your job.

Fark that. I left that school shortly after. But made sure to take some ahhjhhhh errrgggh **sick days**  on big snow days to stick it to them before departure.

Let people enjoy life you know? Bit more flexibility now at the current district I teach at but I don't ski as much anyways now so no need to worry about it.
 
2022-12-07 3:56:13 AM  
Okay then, one dead animal or grandma on desk, one vomit-covered boss, one soot-covered fireman from my flaming car wreck, and one pissed-off health inspector that would like to discuss the working while sick thing.
 
2022-12-07 3:59:37 AM  

Bammer71: Bootleg: Bring in your dead dog, but be sure to swing by the Health Inspector's office first. I'm sure they'd love to be there when you bring it in to prove your dog died.

Run through the front of house and announce you are bringing your dead dog into the kitchen at the managers request...oh and enjoy your meal.


"That's not chicken"
 
2022-12-07 4:00:56 AM  
There's nothing worse than a boss with no life outside of work.
 
2022-12-07 4:03:25 AM  
I left work early one day because my cat was dying from cancer, had stopped eating, and I had made the difficult decision of putting her down rather than watch her starve to death.  My manager was actually surprised I showed up the next day for work.  She thought I'd take a day or two of bereavement time.
 
2022-12-07 4:07:45 AM  

bighairyguy: There's nothing worse than a boss with no life outside of work.


Even those CAN be tolerable, there are a few that are freak-ass work monks but they actually understand not everyone else is.  They're kinda unicorny but worked for one.  He would ask you to work stupid amounts of whatever, but if you have a sane/legal reason why that's a no go he would go, "Ok then" and move on to asking the next person.  He also upped your wages even before overtime kicked in for unscheduled shiat, so that made it a lot more tolerable.  He asked, he didn't demand, and if you had a reason like illness or a funeral or something as long as it wasn't happening twice a month he'd accept that

/he was also a yeller of stupid shiat when things went sideways
//which nearly caused me to walk away from the job day one
///until the other employees clued me in that you could and should yell right the fark back - long as you had sense to make he'd listen to it
////it was still annoying, but at least it was equitable and if you could back it, he'd back off
 
2022-12-07 4:10:55 AM  

OgreMagi: I left work early one day because my cat was dying from cancer, had stopped eating, and I had made the difficult decision of putting her down rather than watch her starve to death.  My manager was actually surprised I showed up the next day for work.  She thought I'd take a day or two of bereavement time.


Some people gotta.  Friend of mine ended up taking a week off when her dog died - in the same year her grandmother and mother both died of unrelated medical crap out of nowhere.  Dog dying just finally broke her ass.  Her boss told her to take a week and see, if she needed longer they'd talk.  They knew she wasn't farking around - she damn near lost her mind for a bit there.  She managed with the week, more or less

/still was prone to crying jags outta nowhere for about 6 months
//they dealt with it
///she could keep it down well enough to get off the phone or whatever first and just close her office door for a bit
 
2022-12-07 4:23:22 AM  

SumoJeb: "Do you know in my 11.5 years at Darden how many days I called off? Zero. I came in sick. I got in a wreck literally on my to work one time, airbags went off and my car was totaled, but you know what, I made it to work, ON TIME!"

lol that is some pathetic fealty to the corporate overlord
I bet they have more than the minimum pieces of flair on their uniform

fark. I've called in sick and went fishing even when I was the owner/operator. Living > working


Never trust anyone that toes the company line that hard.
 
2022-12-07 4:25:00 AM  
My mind just crossed Seth Godin and exurb1a... Godin, "you built a business on interchangeable cogs and you pay them like the fungible resource they are, so the individual shouldn't be critical to your operating". Exurb1a after a recent briefing on existentialism and absurdism, "you are a human first, before any gods or countries or employment, and you should find a way to be a human first, with your emotions and needs before all other junk in the modern life".

Now, that might all be BS. But I'm thinking the manager has never dealt with a dead pet. Animal dies, local ordinances will require proper disposal (especially if you don't have a yard). So by demanding an employee come in instead of carrying out local ordinances about companion animal disposal, he might be subject to an ordinance regarding the suborning of public health code in a restaurant employee.
 
2022-12-07 4:26:30 AM  
I think the manager over estimates the amount of time her family wants to spend with her.
 
2022-12-07 4:29:10 AM  
She got fired for saying company policy out loud.

I feel sorry for her. 11 years and they cut her loose just like that. She should have realized the leopard would eat her face, but that's a pretty brutal example of it.
 
2022-12-07 4:52:24 AM  

Lsherm: She got fired for saying company policy out loud.

I feel sorry for her. 11 years and they cut her loose just like that. She should have realized the leopard would eat her face, but that's a pretty brutal example of it.


Don't feel sorry for this manager. She's a POS human being. Let her reap what she has sowed.
 
2022-12-07 4:57:52 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: OgreMagi: I left work early one day because my cat was dying from cancer, had stopped eating, and I had made the difficult decision of putting her down rather than watch her starve to death.  My manager was actually surprised I showed up the next day for work.  She thought I'd take a day or two of bereavement time.

Some people gotta.  Friend of mine ended up taking a week off when her dog died - in the same year her grandmother and mother both died of unrelated medical crap out of nowhere.  Dog dying just finally broke her ass.  Her boss told her to take a week and see, if she needed longer they'd talk.  They knew she wasn't farking around - she damn near lost her mind for a bit there.  She managed with the week, more or less

/still was prone to crying jags outta nowhere for about 6 months
//they dealt with it
///she could keep it down well enough to get off the phone or whatever first and just close her office door for a bit


Imagine a world where she had access to counseling and adequate time off, instead of having to cry alone in her office for 6 months at random due to multiple bereavements. A week, while an almost unbelievable level of compassion from an American company, just doesn't seem to cover a loss of a lifetime. That's me though, I'm sure other people would process it differently, prefer the distraction, etc.

/Sounds like commie pinko crap to me.
 
2022-12-07 5:00:49 AM  

Ostman: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: OgreMagi: I left work early one day because my cat was dying from cancer, had stopped eating, and I had made the difficult decision of putting her down rather than watch her starve to death.  My manager was actually surprised I showed up the next day for work.  She thought I'd take a day or two of bereavement time.

Some people gotta.  Friend of mine ended up taking a week off when her dog died - in the same year her grandmother and mother both died of unrelated medical crap out of nowhere.  Dog dying just finally broke her ass.  Her boss told her to take a week and see, if she needed longer they'd talk.  They knew she wasn't farking around - she damn near lost her mind for a bit there.  She managed with the week, more or less

/still was prone to crying jags outta nowhere for about 6 months
//they dealt with it
///she could keep it down well enough to get off the phone or whatever first and just close her office door for a bit

Imagine a world where she had access to counseling and adequate time off, instead of having to cry alone in her office for 6 months at random due to multiple bereavements. A week, while an almost unbelievable level of compassion from an American company, just doesn't seem to cover a loss of a lifetime. That's me though, I'm sure other people would process it differently, prefer the distraction, etc.

/Sounds like commie pinko crap to me.


In this case, they woulda let her do that.  Working was her choice, seriously.  They told her to take the time she needed to do what she needed, she said if she stopped working she'd just have more time to sit around and be upset.  And she was indeed that sort of person.  She did go to grief counseling, and it helped.  But this wasn't a the company failed thing - it was a she wanted to do it this way thing.  Her therapist considered it to be damn good time for as much of a mess as she started in

/now mind you, your point stands in general
//not arguing
///but in this case that kinda thing woulda happened if that's what she'd needed to do
 
2022-12-07 6:40:01 AM  
The dedication this manager shows for a shiatty job at a shiatty chain restaurant is a clear sign of Stockholm syndrome.
 
2022-12-07 6:41:11 AM  

SumoJeb: This world is farked enough that the outcome of this manager's shiatpost is going to be a new underground market for dead dog rentals to use as get out of work passes


I believe that Elon has big plans for dead dog rentals.
 
2022-12-07 6:42:27 AM  

wingedkat: The manager's frustration is misplaced.  The real problem is not being allowed to keep enough staff scheduled to overcome an employee out sick.

Life happens, including illness and deaths in the family. You need enough staff to absorb that.


Bellend bosses don't listen to reason. I once had a team of 12 test leads. Each was at maximum capacity. I reasoned that as each staff member gets four weeks holiday per year, and scheduling meant I limited overlap then on any given day one person would be absent. Add to that potential illness and I needed a 13th member for cover. I was denied.

Sure enough, most days I had to promote a senior tester to cover test lead duties and got asked 'why is X not testing, we're losing hours?' . That boss was a farking twat.
 
2022-12-07 6:47:51 AM  
I understand it.  Management's tough in a place like that.

You'll get 10 times more work (at a minimum) for a tiny bit more money.


It can break you.
 
2022-12-07 7:03:21 AM  

shamen123: DarksideHalo: Caelistis: Cue "This is not representative of who I am" non-apology in 3...2...1...

It's in TFA:
«The restaurant representative stated: "We strive to provide a caring and respectful work environment for our team members. This message is not aligned with our company's values. We can confirm we have parted ways with this manager."»

Aka: "we fired them for being stupid enough to put into writing what everyone else says verbally....something something values something something representative of company something something"


This. What food-service manager doesn't act like this? They're probably already getting hell from corporate for their restaurant being understaffed which prompted this in the first place.
 
2022-12-07 7:14:14 AM  
fark it, I'm calling out sick from work today in honor of this story.
 
2022-12-07 7:19:04 AM  
I demand a sick note from your Doctor said the company that doesn't provide health insurance.
 
2022-12-07 7:26:07 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Do you know in my 11.5 years at Darden how many days I called off? Zero. I came in sick.

Doubtless the staff, customers and health authorities truly appreciate your serving food to people while carrying communicable diseases.


This! I always ask managers why they have ill staff. They always act like they didn't know.
 
2022-12-07 7:54:41 AM  
No, do NOT go to work sick.  It was stupid even pre-covid that people thought it was a brave thing to do.  It was ALWAYS a selfish thing to do.

But now in the post-Covid era, we should know better.  You do not go to work sick.
 
2022-12-07 8:06:29 AM  

IDisposable: No, do NOT go to work sick.  It was stupid even pre-covid that people thought it was a brave thing to do.  It was ALWAYS a selfish thing to do.

But now in the post-Covid era, we should know better.  You do not go to work sick.


Some people can afford it. Some of us have side hustles that will carry us over.

Most don't.
 
2022-12-07 8:17:49 AM  
Just a reminder - that manager worked with Darden for eleven and a half years.

It took that long to figure out that manager wasn't "[striving] to provide a caring and respectful work environment for [their] team members"?

No. It took that long for the press to notice a message from that POS manager that got leaked, and the company cut him off as soon as that manager embarrassed them in public.

Darden was quite fine with his performance for eleven and a half years. They're just upset that folks now know that Darden doesn't walk the talk - that the "company values" are for show, because this manager retained their job for over a decade with that bullshiat and Darden liked that just fine.
 
2022-12-07 8:18:34 AM  
*them
 
2022-12-07 8:23:46 AM  

SumoJeb: "Do you know in my 11.5 years at Darden how many days I called off? Zero. I came in sick. I got in a wreck literally on my to work one time, airbags went off and my car was totaled, but you know what, I made it to work, ON TIME!"

lol that is some pathetic fealty to the corporate overlord
I bet they have more than the minimum pieces of flair on their uniform

fark. I've called in sick and went fishing even when I was the owner/operator. Living > working


Wow, I bet they wish now that they had showed that amount of loyalty to a company that respected them back. Guess they've learned their lesson.
 
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