Son Of A Bitch Must Pay!

As many a Metroblogging reader knows, I fancy a beer or two at the Big Hunt every now and then. Over the years of frequenting the place, my buddies and I have gotten to know some of the waitstaff very well. In fact just a few weeks back they threw a nice birtday party for my buddy Diamond.

I feel compelled to post because we found out on Friday that our favorite server Lauren was recently fired thanks to the efforts of a group of assholes — who walked out on their bill with Lauren last week and then came back during the week and threatened to take their business to another bar permenantly unless Lauren was fired. Which she promptly was this friday.

There are three things that tick me off about this situation. First, Lauren is the best server we’ve ever had at a DC bar — ever — she was not only a great waitress but she was friend who we looked forward to seeing every friday and now she is gone. Second, it always depresses me that there are people in this world who are such monumental jerks that they would not only walk out on a huge bill, sticking it to a kid trying to make it in the world by serving drinks, but then have the supreme jerkitude to go back days later and have her fired! Where do these corporate dick-heads get off? What fucking sick jollies do they get in exerting power over a kid in a bar? Third and finally I am a tad dissappointed in the Big Hunt’s unwillingness to stand by their employee, but I guess dem’s da breaks in the DC bar industry.

I felt compelled to post, because I am pissed off. But also because I didn’t get a chance to see Lauren before she was fired and if I don’t see her again, I just wanted her to hopefully see this story and know that my buddies and I thought she was the best damn server in town and if she gets a new gig somewhere she needs to let us know — we’d follow her to the bar at the end of the earth.

5 Comments so far

  1. JennB (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 5:26 pm

    What kind of psycho boss would fire a server because a bunch of guys who wouldn’t even pay their tab threatened not to come back – and possibly not pay their tab again?

  2. Jenn L (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 5:28 pm

    There’s nothing worse than jerks on a power trip. Nothing. Actively campaigning to get someone fired – why? Do they ever for a moment think about the consequences of their actions?

    Yet I hear it happens all the time – one of my best friends is a waitress in NYC and the stories she tells about mean vindictive customers… awful.

    I hope you’re ok, Lauren. :)

  3. Don (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 5:40 pm

    I would have thought that when someone “threatens” to not come back and walk out on their bill again you’d take them up on the offer…

    This is a dissapointing story to read about a place with The Best Jukebox In The World. Anyone have another source for the details here?

    Great use of a Big Trouble in Little China line, by the way.

  4. darpino (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 7:32 pm

    Apparently these guys frequently rent the upstairs room for work-related parties and that gave them the clout to threaten to take that business elsewhere.

    I agree that their jukebox is pretty damn sweet and there are still some really good people working there. It is just a damn shame to see Lauren go.

    Don – kudos on spotting the quote

  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 10:10 pm

    Maybe it’s time to stage some sort of protest to get her her job back?

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