Ever since my first walk-out with these assholes:
I Remember What You Look Like!!!
I'm always hesitant when I sense a weird table that might not pay, pull a "hair in the cake" maneuver, or yell at me over nothing to get a free meal.
As soon as I walked past this table at 3:30pm, I knew I was in for trouble. Crazy Lady #1 looked homeless, which is fine with me as long as she can pay for her meal, "Derek" the guy in the middle was mentally challenged, which is also fine, but "Linda," who was in charge of the group freaked me out the most. She started our interaction making it clear that Jesus Loves Me, and proceeded to say my name repeatedly..."It's so beautiful!"
I got the OK for them to do light Family Style, even with only 3 guests. But I was already nervous.
My heart jumped a bit when Crazy told me she was going to the bathroom, but put her napkin over her food and told me not to take it away while she was gone. ...kinda sad, right?
I started to sweat when Derek threw a mini tantrum, and Linda fled the scene on her phone. Umm....Linda??
Then Derek went to the restroom.
OMG they're going to leaveeee! And I'm going to get in trouble!
Linda was gone for about 15 minutes when Crazy started to cry at the table because she had an eyelash in her eye.
Omg. Omg. Omg.... Where's Linda?!?
I run to our Maitre D, who was with me on my first instincts about the table. We get the Asst. Manager who tells us to "guard the door" to make sure they aren't going anywhere without paying.
Ok, now I'm panicking.
After 25 minutes, Linda returns, asking for the bill quickly. I'm not gonna lie, I was wondering if the credit card would go through.
But it did. And she actually left me a huge tip.
My nervous breakdown may not have been worth the $20.