A woman told Redditors how she’d managed to get one up on her sexist coworker who had tried to assert his dominance in the workplace.
Working as a Waitress In the Family Restaurant
Meet our protagonist – Naomi, a 23-year-old university student working part-time as a waitress at her aunt’s restaurant in Asia.
Her job is pretty simple – she takes people’s orders, sends tickets to the kitchen, calculates each table’s bills and handles the payment, and then clears their table. Essentially she’s just a waitress.
A Foolproof System
She’s been working for three weeks and has devised a foolproof system to handle the busy lunch hour.
The system involves, keying in orders according to the table number, allowing customers to pay at the counter whenever they want and clearing tables promptly.
One other part-timer works with her, but he hasn’t been around for a while, so she’s been left to sort out most waitressing matters.
A Busy Kitchen
Full-timers are busy in the kitchen preparing people’s food and drinks, and part-timers only need to bring food to tables occasionally since the restaurant employs them more as front-of-house staff.
Naomi’s manager lets them dictate how to handle tickets since it’s them handling them for the most part.
Customer Pour in at Lunchtime
Naomi’s shifts get particularly busy during lunch hour, and her system has become integral to keeping the workflow super smooth – that’s why her new system is so important.
She explains that at lunchtime, the moment after customers settle their bills, tables need to be cleared immediately. New customers come pouring in, and some insist on being seated before the tables have been cleared or wiped down.
Naomi’s Dear Coworker Comes Back
One day, Naomi’s colleague, who’s been away for a few weeks, returned to work.
What he said to her was an eyebrow-raiser, for sure.
Resisting ‘The System’
He said that her system made it difficult for him to keep track of additional orders at each table and asked her to stop doing it this way.
She’s not the type to argue, so not wanting to start a fight, she agreed to his demands and changed her system for the day.
She stopped punching in people’s orders, collecting tickets without keying them in, and let them pile up at the counter.
The result? Chaos.
Customers came pouring in, wanting to be seated, but the line at the payment counter snaked halfway through the restaurant.
When Naomi noticed customers standing up and walking to the payment counter, she would speed walk to the cleaning supplies and start collecting plates to show that her hands were busy and that she couldn’t sort out people’s bills.
Struggling to Keep Up
She left everything to her dear coworker, who tried telling her what to do and how to do it. Her colleague must have regretted what he said to her – he was struggling intensely to keep up with additional orders.
Naomi smiled to herself, happy to have proved her colleague wrong.
Once the lunch hour died down, she went back to her usual system. Since then, her colleague has sheepishly approached her with new additions to existing orders. She feels victorious, having shown her colleague that her system was efficient and effective.
She also has the approval of the customers – they’ve been practically gushing about the efficiency of payments since she joined.
But let’s take a step back and appreciate the humor in this situation.
Naomi had to deal with a colleague who thought he knew better, even though he hadn’t been working for the past few weeks and had no idea how busy it had been getting.
He was so insistent on changing her system that she decided to let him have his way, only to show him the consequences of his actions.
It’s Not Bad to Admit You’re in the Wrong
Naomi’s actions were nothing short of malicious compliance, and it’s hilarious how it all turned out.
The line at the payment counter was a mess, and the customers must have been wondering what was going on. But Naomi stayed calm, collected plates, and pretended to be busy, leaving her colleague to deal with the fallout.
It’s also interesting to note that Naomi’s colleague was a man, and she was a woman.
It’s possible that he thought he could boss her around because of her gender, but she wasn’t having any of that. She knew what worked best and wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself.
A Lesson Learned
In the end, Naomi came out on top, having proven her colleague wrong.
It’s a lesson that sometimes, the best thing to do is to let someone have their way, even if it means chaos will ensue.
It’s a lesson in humility and humor, and Naomi handled it like a pro.
Is It Right to Set Someone up to Fail?
Redditors loved this woman’s tale of revenge.
One user said, “Some people learn better when they experience the faults in their plan. Hopefully, he’ll be more receptive to other people’s ideas in the future. He seemed to take it well if he didn’t double down.”
What do you think about this story? Was it wrong of her to completely abandon her colleague for his mistake, or did he deserve it?
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