“Half of my co-workers got stuck at a conference because of the hurricane, so the rest of us had been working ridiculous shifts to cover. I didn’t mind the overtime and it couldn’t be helped, so it was what it was.
Yesterday I worked 12 hours, after having worked 12 hours the two days prior, and knowing I’d have another 12 today. I changed out of my work shirt before I even left the building, so I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt when I wandered like a zombie into a fast food place to get something to eat.
I got my food and kind of tucked myself into a corner to eat. At one point, I heard a bit of commotion but ignore it. As I got up and throw out my trash, I heard an old man say, ‘Her! She should be fired!’
Oooh man it is going down and I was curious, so I looked over and the guy was pointing at me with this super angry look on his face. I glanced behind me, no one, oh man, he was definitely pointing at me. He started yelling about when he was here yesterday and how rude the cashier was and how she (I?) messed his order up. I was half awake and just confused, looked at the manager like ‘What?’ and he gave me the scared/apologetic ‘I have no idea’ look. The old guy was still ranting when the manager said, ‘Sir, I’d love to help you get this fixed but she doesn’t work here. I can help you figure out who it was but it wasn’t her.’
The old guy didn’t listen. ‘No, I know it was her! I wouldn’t forget that nasty face!’
Ok, now I was awake and increasingly getting angrier. I said, ‘Well, you apparently did because I seriously don’t work here and never have.’ I had enough and started to walk towards the door.
This dude threw a chair at me. A chair! It didn’t hit me but he sure did try. It got a bit fuzzy with everything going on at once but the manager grabbed him up so fast in a bear hug and walked towards the door saying, ‘That’s it, you’re out of here, if you come back again I’m calling the cops. That is if this lady doesn’t do so first for you trying to assault her with a chair.’
The old guy said something about ‘she turned her back to me now let me go! The manager responded something like, ‘That’s not how this works.’
He pushed him out still screaming and held the door shut. He offered me all the free food in the world and told me he’d happily help me press charges. Had the crazy guy left I honestly might not have, but he was still yelling and banging on the door so we basically had to just to get him to leave. So we called the cops to remove him, while were waiting the manager mentioned the cameras. He sent back someone to pull the footage up so the cops could see it.
The cops got there, got the old guy in cuffs, and started asking what happened. The old guy lied through his teeth, saying I threw the chair and the manager assaulted him and lied about being my boss. It was easy to prove otherwise with the cameras, so he’s in jail now for a list of charges. After one cop left with the old guy, another stayed to get statements and all that.
For a giggle, they also looked to try to figure out what cashier was apparently so horrible. There were only guys working the entire day. They couldn’t even find the old guy, we’re sure he never came in.
As I was finally leaving the cop looked at me and innocently asked, ‘You sure you don’t work here?’
I don’t know why but I lost it and started laughing. I asked if he wanted me to show him how to teach a chair to fly and he lost it.”