Warning: working at Red Lobster could be dangerous to your health. No, I am not talking about grazing on all the fried popcorn shrimp you can eat, I am talking about a particular Red Lobster where customers seem to have no problem beating the hell out of servers.
At a Red Lobster in Fairview Heights, Illinois last week, three woman assaulted their waitress for filling up their water glasses too often. Yes, this waitress was trying to do her job and was paid back, not with a 15% tip, but with a glass that hit her in the back of the head and then a dessert menu to the face. The three delicate flowers are now facing felony assault charges while the waitress is facing a severe case of “why the fuck do I work at Red Lobster?” The server was treated at the scene but stayed at work. I do not understand that. Had a customer hit me in the head with a glass, my ass would be rolling on the floor yelping in pain as I hit 1-800- SUE A BITCH on my speed dial. This is the same restaurant that just six months ago was home to a beat down when four women kicked the ass of their waitress after she brought out the wrong food. I have some advice for all those servers at that Red Lobster:
What the hell are you doing there? Get out, now. Even in the best case scenario, working at a Red Lobster is a crap job but you are willing to be at one where you have to have a security guard stationed at every table? How much money are you pocketing there that is making it worth while? I looked at your restaurant on Google Maps and I see that right down the street is a Joe’s Crab Shack, Olive Garden, TGI Friday’s and a place called Ginger Buffet. Sure, all those places suck too, but at least they haven’t been on the news yet because some bitch is attacking your ass. Red Lobster’s slogan is “Come see what’s fresh today” not “Come sit in my station and kick my teeth out.” This replaced the old slogan “For the seafood lover in you” which in Fairview, Illinois translated to “Fuck you bitch, I ain’t ordered the Seafood Shrimp Trio, I had the Admiral’s Feast. Get the fuck out my face.”
I went to the Red Lobster website and found their mission statement. After reading it though a couple of times, I thought it needed some tweaking. Hopefully, they will see my suggestions and take them to heart:
Here at Red Lobster we’re
passionateambivalent about serving our guests great seafoodeverything. It’s why we go the extra mile tobring you the bestmost dangerous dining experience possible. Our fishermenimporters take pride in catchingthawing out only the highest qualityseafood and the freshest fish. Our grill master’sline cook’s expertly perfect flavors, cooking seafood and steak over a wood fire grillcook. And our servers pull out all the stopswear padding and bullet proof vests to make every dining experience feel extra specialmoderately safe. It’s our passion. It’s our pride. Because at Red Lobster, we Sea Food Differentlythat our customers are trashy but we just don’t care.℠
I wonder if anyone reading this blog works at a Red Lobster. If so, would you care to share with us some insight as to how something like this might happen? I don’t get it. I have had customers get upset about things, but it has never gotten to the point where I felt in danger. Is this something that anyone else has experienced? Also, what would you do if someone threw a glass at you? Continue working or go the fuck home? That question is easy for me. I wouldn’t have been there in the first place unless they were having a “buy one get three free” cocktail special at the bar.