80. Toilet Water For The Gentleman
I worked in restaurants during college in various roles from 2003-06. Server, bartender, in the kitchen, etc. I once picked up a catering shift for an event of a few hundred people.
We had a few bars set up and a handful of food stations with people at each location to serve the guests. The rest of us were to keep the place clean by walking around and picking up glasses, plates, and trash.
We were NOT supposed to serve drinks or food, as that was handled by the people at their respective stations. As I was walking around tidying up, a man physically grabbed me by my arm (I’m a tall male) and proceeded to demand a glass of water.
I calmly told him that I wasn’t allowed to serve guests food or drink. He squeezed my arm harder and told me to get him water, and said, “Why don’t you understand what I’m asking? It’s quite simple.”
The bartender at the bar, 10 feet away, was watching this happen. I loudly asked the bartender if he had any water for the man, and he said, “Nope, no water.” I told the man there wasn’t any water and I’m sorry. He wouldn’t accept this and told me, “You can go find water, and I will stand here and wait.”
I went to the bar, grabbed a glass of ice, had another server watch my back as I scooped water out of the toilet. I put the glass on a tray, added a paper napkin, a lime slice, and a straw before going back to the man.
I handed him the water and apologized for the inconvenience. I watched as he drank the glass of water. He handed me the empty glass and told me, “See, that wasn’t so hard?!”
I told him I know where to get him water if he wanted more later on. Turns out he was the man that paid for us to be at the event and owned the venue. Eff that guy.