r/prorevenge | I Shut Down My AWFUL Restaurant…

tour manager thinks he knows better than the
technical staff for a big name comedian, probably cost his job…
So this happened quite a few years ago. I used to work as a senior technician for a
large entertainment venue (around 2000 standing capacity). Most of the time we would have
private events etc, but this particular day a very well known comedian was booked to do
an hour at the venue. Before the show I was expected to meet with
his tour manager, discuss his needs, set up stuff etc. He arrives and immediately sets
the tone. Personally I think they thought they were “too big” to play our venue, but
they clearly didn’t know what they got into. “Dave wont use any of your crappy mics, he
tours with his own sound system” “Sure, when is it getting here” “I’ve got it with me” the manager said in
the most condescending tone ever. He proceeded to pull out a self contained speaker system,
no bigger than a suitcase. There was no way it was going to fill the first two rows of
tables, never mind the rest of the venue, which would be at capacity that night. “No problem, I can give you a tie line so
you can use our speakers” “That’s not acceptable. Dave will only use
our speakers and mic.” To cut a long story short, I spent about 15
minutes arguing with the guy who was belligerent and refused to acknowledge that his crappy
system on its own wouldn’t fill the venue, and there was no way I could let them do it,
without support from us. I explained he would have full control over the sound, my gear
was there just to amplify it, I wouldn’t need to touch the desk. This still wasnt good enough
for him and he threatened to pull Dave from the show. (Edit for clartity: he was very aggressive
and condescending. At a few points he tried to claim I didn’t know what I was doing, and
that I shouldn’t be employed by the company as I was clueless – no matter how much I explained
the science etc. He tried to scare me into doing what he wanted by threatening to pull
the show – there was no need for this, it was him being stubborn and trying to pull
power thinking I would back down and let him cause serious complaints for the venue because
of his poor tech knowledge) He eventually backed down when I told him
fine, I’d call the venue manager and explain the situation, I’d get a night off and he
wouldn’t get paid. Much rather that then hundreds of complaints and refunds. He backed down
and we set up for the show. But he was still a jerk and the act was no better. They clearly
thought they were better than us and it showed. The act even walked around backstage in his
boxers into different peoples dressing rooms without knocking etc. Between them they both
managed to annoy everyone. I had enough. The tour manager had set up a little sound
desk at the side of the stage for him to use for “Dave’s” microphone. He was standing their
throughout the show “mixing his mic”. Where he put himself meant he couldn’t hear how
it sounded, but could be seen by everyone. My lighting OP and I were at the back of the
room a few hundred feet away and hatched our plan. The first few minutes of the show were fine
until the tour manager moved away from his desk to listen. As he walked away for some
strange reason Dave’s mic would feedback. He would run back to the desk, try to correct
it, but it would solve itself. A couple of minutes later he would walk away and it would
start to get that horrible feedback again. Nothing that the audience would notice too
much, but Dave and his tour manager certainly did. The tour manager was puzzled. He couldn’t
understand why this was happening and Dave was getting more and more irate, glaring at
his manager throughout the act. What they didn’t know was that I was watching the manager,
and every time he stepped away I turned up the high frequencies on my desk causing the
feedback. As he got to the desk I would correct it and get rid of the feedback myself. Rinse
and repeat. He got so annoyed he came to the back of the
venue, barged into our control box and looked at my desk, which of course was set naturally
as we had discussed. “Have you touched your desk?” “No mate… actually I did once. Seemed like
you were struggling with feedback so I took a bit of the top out.” He walked away sheepishly back to his desk,
about halfway there the mic started feeding back again, this time quite aggressively.
He had to run the last 50 foot or so which only drew more attention to him, especially
from Dave the comedian. On his way out the venue I heard the tour
manager being chewed out by Dave, about how incompetent he was. Few years later I meet Dave at another venue
I’m working at. Turns out hes a decent enough guy. Didn’t mention the revenge I did on the
tour manager, but told him about the gig. Turns out it was one of the last times he
used that manager, one of the reasons being how bad that gig was… Terminated me while on medical leave, put
them on permanent leave. So first, your typical backstory. I was an
employee at a well-known breakfast chain, particularly popular for their wide selection
of pancakes, for nearly three years. I was decently well-liked among the employees, and
had a very good friend who had just been promoted to a shift manager by the former general manager,
who was a really great guy that unfortunately got transferred to a different store against
his wishes. He was replaced by a horrible, power-hungry shift manager that no one cared
for. So a typical work week for me was six days
a week, between 60-70 hours a week, with Tuesdays being my only day off. My shifts ranged from
eight hours to as much as an 18 hour double-shift (important later). I worked this schedule
without complaint for years of my life. Unfortunately on September 10th, I fell very ill while at
work with no known cause. This was accompanied by very severe, stabbing pain in my lower
right abdomen. I called the general manager (it was about 12am at this point) and informed
her I planned on leaving to go to the ER, to which she told me if I left, then I would
be fired. Now at the time, I really needed this job, so not wanting to be fired, I decided
to work through my shift. I had two hours remaining, but it was heck to work through.
Finally, 2am rolled around and I immediately left to drive to the hospital. Upon arrival,
I was admitted almost immediately into the hospital due to scan results showing an inflamed
appendix. I called the general manager, and let her know that I was being admitted to
the hospital, and would keep her updated. Her response? “If you’re going to try to get
out of work, can you at least find someone to cover your shift in the morning? Some people…”,
note at this point, it was around 3:30am, my next shift that she wanted me to cover,
was at 8am the next morning. A few hours later, I was notified that I needed an appendectomy,
and it would be scheduled for the following morning. I agreed, signed the release, and
called up my manager to notify her. I told her that I would be out of work for at least
a few days, but after surgery I’d let her know. It is important to know that I kept
her informed throughout my entire absence. I even sent her a picture of myself laying
in a hospital bed after multiple accusations of faking (I still have the texts if anyone
is interested.) So surgery went smoothly, however they found that I had a gangrene infection
in my appendix that appeared to have spread. Due to complications involving this, my hospital
stay ended up being two full weeks. I was discharged at noon, and drove to work
almost immediately after discharge to inform them I was out of the hospital and cleared
to come back, as well as turn in the hospital note, proving I was there. To my surprise,
the regional manager is there. I walk in and find both the regional and the general manager
at the front counter having a conversation. I slide the note towards them on the desk,
and inform them that I was cleared to come back to work. The general manager looked at
me in utter disbelief. “Excuse me? You’ve already been terminated for no-call-no-showing
for two weeks.” I reminded her that I did, in fact, keep her informed, and had proof.
She cut me off, and with an annoyed tone, said that she’d give me another chance. I
came back in that night for my shift, luckily working with my friend the shift-manager.
I was also training a guy I had never seen before (not uncommon, as I was a floor supervisor/trainer.)
My friend later called me into the office, and that’s when I learned that I was only
rehired so that I couldn’t file a wrongful-termination suit, and said that the person I was currently
training was my replacement. The general manager had plans to fire me the next morning. As
shocked as I was, we immediately hatched a plan. So this restaurant was dirty. Huge roaches
infesting the kitchen and dining room, black mold, rotten food mixed with fresh food, water
leaks so bad the carpet in the dining room is literally decaying, you name it. We have
reported these issues to the general manager multiple times, but nothing ever happened.
My friend sent the trainee home, with the excuse that our labor was too high, and I
spent the remainder of my shift taking pictures of every continuous health-code violation
I seen. I went as far as cooking orders, just so I could get pictures of the grills and
kitchen areas without suspicion from other employees. Finally, the next morning rolled
around. I woke up to a call from the general manager. Sure enough, she demanded that I
turned my uniform in because I was being terminated immediately. I drove up there and asked for
the reason behind my termination, and she replied that I was a “lazy worker who always
complained that they had hours.” Please remember, I averaged about 64 hours a week, and never
complained. Not in the mood to argue, I simply turned in my uniform, and left. But that’s
not the end of my plan. I was one of the only food-safety permitted
employees. I had just renewed my permit, so all of the information in the class was fresh
on my mind. I also distinctly remember the health inspector teaching the class stated
that if we wanted to report our workplace, just come in, ask for him, and bring evidence.
I went straight to the health department, asked to speak with him, and supplied seven
written paragraphs of every violation, as well as all of the pictures I had taken to
back my claim up. He informed me that with the picture evidence, it would be hard for
the restaurant to fight. He also informed me he would follow up with a surprise inspection
the next morning. The next morning, I woke up, and found messages from my general manager,
calling me a “snitch” and a “greiner (whiner)”. Luckily, my friend recorded the entire inspection
from the office. Due to how recent this story is, I will not be releasing it due to it showing
faces as well as names being mentioned, but it was beautiful, and it showed who the true
“whiner” was in this situation. The regional manager was slapped with a hefty $7,000 fine
for allowing unpermitted employees to work, and the restaurant was ordered to shut down
operations to clean, however, being a barely-profitable franchise, the franchisee (who owned many
other locations) closed it down and ran off. Now as much as I want to feel bad for the
people left without work, I don’t, and for the decent employees, the story actually has
somewhat of a happy ending, as many have moved on to better things.

  1. So Many Humans, So Little Common Sense

    After having heard the obvious IHOP story a couple times, this time I did a search for "IHOP location closed for health violations" and was shocked. I may NEVER be able to eat at an IHOP again! Yikes!

  2. Lukas Reichenberger

    As a local and touring sound engineer I do not approve of beeing a dick to the touring guys on purpose. Doesn't matter how much of an asshole they are, don't be that guy back. Let them do their show, don't touch the desk, let them do whatever they deem good or bad. Whenever there is a production being really annoying, I just put my hands up and let them do whatever. As long as they don't hurt our guests they can do what they like. I just feel that dialing in the highs to produce feedback is a real dick move that is nor professional or standard. That is just petty.

  3. Robert Lockard

    Tip for roadies & managers – if the venue has it's own sound system and sound techs, THEY know the venue's acoustics better than YOU, so play nice and ask for help with their gear.

  4. Jack Harter

    Interesting so your ego got hurt so you spoiled some of the show for the two thousand people that came to watch it. Seems to me the last person that should have got fired

  5. Samsonian

    Let’s just say OP may have left something on the table…as he/she could have sued for wrongful termination despite the GM trying to be slick with the 1-shift 2nd chance. According to OP, they had evidence (recorded convos of calling to explain no-show, text messages, etc.) so all they had to do was get a lawyer. However, if you’re already poor it’s not much of an option as you’re never sure you’re going to win the case no matter how good your evidence is. OP got their revenge, however and probably served COLD!!

  6. The Food Truck Junkie

    Entitled Manager: "You are a such an evil person for snitching!"

    Me: "Take a look in the mirror first before passing that judgement. In the meantime, wait in line and burn in hell."

  7. Scorched Earth

    If you're going to destroy a restaurant like that you should be inside the place as a customer when the inspection is being done. All the easier to tell the manager face to face "I did this to you".

  8. Christopher Babilon

    How ironic, the same Pancake House which rhymes with OP, just happened to close by a major highway here where I live. A new Diner will be opening in 2020. I wonder could it be a coincidence?

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