So last night, I had one of those “I want to slap that mofo” moments. We have a prep cook named Alvaro. When I first started working at my current job, Alvaro was working as a dishwasher. As changes went on, Alvaro moved on to doing prep for different stations. With Alvaro, there is a huge language/cultural barrier. When I need to get my message across to him, I find myself having to get someone to translate to him. He understands the simple things such as “hello”, “move that”, “finished”, “clean it”, “hurry up”. One thing that has that really pissed me off about Alvaro in the past was that when communication struggles, he has the galls to tell me to learn Spanish. I don’t think so, buddy. I am not going to learn Spanish to convenience people like you that come to a foreign country and don’t even put in the effort to learn the language, expecting everyone else to learn your language in order to make things easier for you. I don’t go to Guatemala (where Alvaro is from) and say…”I’m American. I need all of you to learn English so that I can communicate with you.”
The time was approaching 6 o’clock. We had gotten one order for a tart. I needed the prosciutto sliced before the tart came out. I asked Alvaro to help me move the machine. He was in the middle of doing something and replied, “Me busy”. I told him I had an order and needed it right away. I asked him why the machine was not already at the table. His dumbass reply was, “I don’t know. Me busy”. He continued refusing my request. A few minutes later, the tart was about to come out. The waiter was waiting at my station, ready to pick up the tart. At this point, I was really getting frustrated and wanted to slap him. It’s like he found it amusing or something. And it’s not like I can keep asking him or give him all the reasons why or tell him what I will do if he doesn’t listen. He wouldn’t understand me anyway. So I went upstairs to notify my boss of the situation and to let him deal with it because I did not know what else to do. Boss told me to go down and tell Alvaro to do it or he will get his ass kicked.
I think the next time Alvaro pulls this crap, I will actually slap him.