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Hasty, messy doodles, just enough to tell a story. I don't know how regular these will be, but I plan to upload one strip as soon as the following strip is done.
I don't know how many of these I'll do. Some will be funny, some will be horrifying. All of 'em will be true.

Notes on this strip:

- Yes, it was explicitly stated that we'd be fired for missing one of these meetings. Being late resulted in losing all your shifts for a week.

- Here begins the ongoing theme of passive-aggressive shittiness. It is also at this point that I begin to suspect I'm just oversensitive or something.


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dana-redde Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh man, loving this comic, but OOF, it's reminding me why I always try to be as nice as possible to waiters and retail people. If those jobs aren't purgatory, I don't know what is.

It's a tough call as to what my worst job ever was--working retail in a teen store at the mall, or doing inventory at 4 am in dollar stores and grocery stores with uber creeps. Fewer sex offenders at the mall store, but more rules (at the other job, so long as I wasn't noticeably intoxicated, everything was A-OK!) Now I live in a third world country and work for peanuts doing freelance and it was A FANTASTIC DECISION, holy shit. Honestly, not having hot water is a small price to pay for not having to deal with customers and managers.

Ahahah I LOVE the "I KNOW RIGHT?!" panel.
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
The customers weren't bad at all - even when they were, they paled in comparison to management. Ah well.

At least 1. I'm out of there now and 2. if I ever have to go back, I know I can do it.
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Kagura-Satoam Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Again- I feel for you. It honest to god peeves me off knowing the stuff work can get you to feel. It hurts even knowing that they can make an off handed comment about your figure and get away wit it. Ughh
Again, these strips you do are so awesome, and a much needed reminder for people to learn that being a checkout chick/ waiter does not mean personal punching bag.
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raeraethejetplane Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yep..they know they have you by the balls and take full advantage of it. I hate hate hate my job in food service. Thanks for writing these to tell me that switching over to waitressing is not going to make it any better.
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zyphryus Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
I have worked at bad places, and good places (serving food) thank god the current managers I work for (most of them anyway) are awesome. The last guy I worked under had an anger problem, and I learned how to let the world just roll off my back... It was either that or cry every night because you did something >insignificant< but wrong! :fear:

I so need to upload some of my serving sketches.
and play on words.
...
We are skilled in the art of Fuudforyu-Jitsu!
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
When I first started waiting, I asked one of the veterans for advice - the first thing she told me was "Don't take anything personally."
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FreeRangeDorito Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
How can they say that stuff about the shirts and the bellies and not get in trouble...I just...don't get it... *continues mumbling*

I guess I'm just naive, but man. I don't know how you put up with it. Seriously. You're a tougher woman than I, madam. Thank goodness for your new job.
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
It's not toughness so much as desperation to keep working. ^^;
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FreeRangeDorito Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Rock and a hard place. Well, kudos anyway.
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DarienKMarshelly Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
sucks how people take what they take and the people in charge know they can ram you and there's little you can do. :hug: i wish you the best of luck

and btw: i have a couple shots of me and my roomy as the 63 of TJ and Amal, they are a little dark but im guna work with them to see what i can do ^_^
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
63? :D
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DarienKMarshelly Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
did i get it right? um the female versions.... forgot the number internet lingo... XD they are a bit bright... but i think you can get the idea. we also wanted to do a couple more shoots when it warms up a little here. ^_^
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fox-in-a-box Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
9_9 This is why I quit my job without one lined up. I couldn't take the crap anymore, if I stayed, I'd have been arrested for castrating the manager. And it was a SHE!

And yeah. I love eating out, but now? Now I just want to brown bag it. :\ *HUG*
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
I ended up quitting my OTHER restaurant job with nothing lined up, for somewhat similar reasons.
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fox-in-a-box Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
X_X It's so sad but...so satisfying at the same time isn't it?
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Naranda Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I would be shocked and appalled by this, but at my first job, the boss once held an impromptu meeting to show all office females his discovery of Eva Braun's panties for sale on e-bay, and to "jokingly" suggest it would be a great way for them to make money on the side. This was after a previous employee had threatened to sue for sexual harassment.

So, I think I'll settle for just "appalled". Very appalled. >| Not much really shocks me anymore.
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
And of course if you speak up about it or call out the bullshit, you're NOT A TEAM PLAYER and then everybody gets on your case for ruining their fun and suddenly YOU'RE the bad guy.

Not that I've had bad experiences with calling people on their sexism before 9_9
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silvanoir Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist
That's why I quit working at Sears years ago.... they wanted me to work from 10 in the morning, til closing, then help stock 'til 2 or 3 in the morning, then come in early the next day. And I was like "...no"
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slimgoodbody Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Yeah, it seems everyone I've ever met who has worked food service has these just atrocious horror stories. I guess "restaurant manager" is a position that attracts douchebags in the same way that "priest" attracts pedophiles.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
RAAAARG, RAGE!!! *throws things* Now I see why you have protected the identities of the managers. D:<

I quit the last job I had before I went freelance not too long after a similar incident. It was a mandatory staff meeting (of course early in the morning!), and the bitch owner singled out and embarrassed several people, including me, in front of everyone. Apparently my poor man's clothes were not nice enough for her yuppie sensibilities. *fumes more*
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ichi-tori Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Kinda makes you wanna punch someone in the neck doesn't it? 8D
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Blade-kun Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, that is shit.

I don't work well on massive sleep deprivation, so I probably would've fallen asleep during these meetings.

Fortunately at my job, it's the customers that are assholes, not the managers.
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Bluemutantfreak Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
D=

I'm usually at our place cleaning till 3am...but gesh...they wouldn't make me go into an early morning meeting. Certain words would be said if they tried to make us.

And that was low and harsh for them to say that about the shirts.
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional
Ò_ó my god. this makes me angry as well. that's just- afskbukguksaGRRRR!

You're not oversensitive. ; _; I think I wouldn't be able to handle all this crap. you're so strong.

What I don't understand is why they think it's necessary to treat employees that way.
I find the more someone is happy with their job and the atmosphere there, the better/faster/efficient they do their jobs. At least I do.
You can tell when someone's not eager to keep their jobs without all this crap. >x(
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Not strong, just desperate to hold on to a job in a dead market.
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Sailor-P Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Jeez, the things I automatically tend to file under "Office Politics".

The "Wal-Mart Cheer", at at least one store location, was a required activity performed at the beginning of every night shift, during the shift meeting. It was primarily required to serve as entertainment for the departing previous shifts, office workers, and any petty thieves being held captive at the back of the store at that time. I must assume they made us do it to amuse themselves, because the damn thing certainly didn't raise morale among the workers. Here's the punch line of the joke:

...I was threatened with termination if I didn't perform the Cheer to the satisfaction of our manager.


Yes, they do have us by the short-and-crispies. Doesn't matter where you are - management always stinks )=T
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I wish I could say I was surprised. One friend was a greeter, another one worked stock (different locations) and they were both treated like animals.

Even though things got really tight for us over the year, my husband and I refused to even set foot in Wal-Mart. I didn't want our dollars feeding that kind of abuse.
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Sailor-P Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Yeah, never working for them again. I'll babysit the oven at Domino's again first.
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Kittyjimjams Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
*seethes with you*
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This-Is-Stan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure everyone was freaking out or getting angry just as much. Or some people are just like "this is life, so I have to deal with it. Suck." And if you're going to college you think "I won't have to deal with this shit when I'm a doctor/lawyer/animator/scuba instructor/etc..."

I know I pretend that things are fine sometimes but on the inside I'm fuming and want to strangle someone.
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OllieTeo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Jesus fuck. I would post bad reviews of the place everywhere out of spite, if not for the fact that I'd be hurting the rest of hte poor waitstaff. Jesus.
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Caljiah Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
yep... sometimes we're stuck in a situation we can't claw our way out of.
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spectrosity Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Student Writer
Holy god. This sounds like a nightmare 9____9 The mandatory meetings seem to resemble two hours of absolute hell. And it pretty much defies all logic with the poor Saturday (late) night staff. Ah, man, you poor things.

And the public humiliation... that just crosses the line for me. I can't believe it. I mean, I can, but I don't want to. e_e That's so awful and demeaning. Were you ever humiliated in front of everyone like that, or were you so graciously spared? : <
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Not at the brewpub, but at my second waiting job, yes. And frequently. The harder I tried to be a better worker, the worse it got.

When I had nightmares 5 nights in a row, I knew I had to quit.
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spectrosity Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Student Writer
; ____ ; *hair touch* That's... awful. So awful : < /latch
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sent2ufromheaven Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
oh god, good old food service. I worked in catering for a year, which i guess is like working as a waitress except without tips, and all the costumers/guest are snobby and are usually drunk by the end of the night.
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inkdoom Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know I wish my hasty, messy doodles looked half as good as yours.
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kudukudu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i wanted to say: "that is so unfair" but you already had your share and actually survived, which makes you SO awesome and daaaaamn people shud give you a gold medal for that.

when i grow up i wanna be like you D:>
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Agh, what a jerk.
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pan2dapan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
And that, friends is why I hate the world. haha.
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goldenavatar Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Wow. I'm thinking the military wasn't a bad deal on my end.
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TooDeliciousOrange Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The waitstaff business is basically full of similarly shitty conditions and assholes in management (it's a practically required that you be sleezeball). I actually remember the last job I had in that business, I worked two shifts on Friday, slept in my car to just open Saturday, ate lunch there because I was going to be needed for the Saturday night buffet and didn't have time to go home. I felt really shitty that night, but figured it was due to the lack of sleep and constant work, turns out I had gotten food poisoning from the meal I ate at work. I was physically collapsed in the bathroom, puking my guts out into the toilet around 10pm. My manager was unhappy that I would abandon post for any reason during the busy Saturday night hours. I was fired when I showed up Sunday afternoon.
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
That sounds like what one of the girls at "Roswell's" went through, and what another waitress I've met has gone through.

I think the amount of shit you're expected to put up with is in inverse proportion to the amount you get paid.

lol wut
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TooDeliciousOrange Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It seems that way, though I'm still a bit bitter that they didn't think "Was poisoned by the kitchen staff" was an acceptable excuse for missing an hour of work. Nobody apparently thought twice about the fact that one of the servers, who had not left the restaurant, had come down with food poisoning.
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sarsel Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
This makes me scared to wait tables again once school ends haha ;-; I love these strips though, I always look forward to the new ones!
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laurabryannan Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
It reminds me of the job I had where you had to show up at the bosses kid's football games (he was doing play-by-play for the local cable access, don'cha know). :P
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
D: D: D:
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TheNotoriousSDS Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009
Totally not oversenstive. Guy's a jerk.
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dmarling Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You think THIS means you're oversensitive?

Dude. No. That's called "not liking sadistic, misogynistic creeps."
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
It's just... everyone else I worked with (at both places) just let it roll off their back.
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