Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Cleaning the Bathrooms
Usually it is no big deal as these places where I worked were not humming with tons of people a day heading to the washroom.
However there was this one place I worked where the freakin' owner would want you to start doing the floors of the bathroom and cleaning the sink fixtures etc... while there were still a couple of tables eating in the restaurant.
Now I always wondered what would the guest think if I was bringing out their food after they might have noticed me mopping down the washroom floors. I mean did it have to be done in such a hurry so the owner could scram home after being there so many hours?
How that job ended for me went like this. He was watching me mop the floors and what I used to do was leave the bucket just outside on the rug outside of the bathroom. This way I would squeeze the mop out and go in and start in the far corner and work my way out mopping as I went along till finally I reached the door. Then I would just take the bucket away with the mop to empty the water.
When he saw me do this leaving the bucket outside the bathroom door he reprimanded me for doing that and told me I had to bring the bucket inside the bathroom with me so I wouldn't get the rug wet.
Listen I told him. For first of all I wasn't getting the rug wet and second of all with it the dead of winter perhaps you should supply slippers to people coming in the restaurant rather than have them stomp around in the snowboots getting your rug all wet! If he was so worried about the rug. I was livid.
Listen if you want me to clean your bathroom for pete's sake let me do it! Oh by the way my table still needs dessert. Do you want me to Ajax the sink now or later!
Radio talk show host of "The Hospitality Industry News Network" and author of "You Only Live Once" about his early years traveling around and working on ships and foreign countries Steven blogs about his thoughts on the restaurant industry as he sees it today.
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