Just had to share this.
Things started a little slow last night, and as I began my station prep I notice one of the waitstaff wander back to the back room and chat up one of the commis. No biggie, but when I look up about 15 minutes later he's still there, still BSing with anyone who walks by. I still don't say anything (don't want any BOH/FOH issues, you know) then after another 15 minutes I check and he's STILL THERE only now he was sitting on a milk crate and texting while he's talking, so I finally head back and ask him if there's not something else he was supposed to be doing. He jumps up off the milk crate he was sitting on and he goes off on me, telling me that I'm not his boss, so I offer to go get the FOH manager and discuss the matter with him, at which point he actually storms off and gets the FOH manager himself. So the two of us stand there and this waiter actually argues that since he didn't have any tables (how he was aware of this while sitting in the kitchen, I have no idea) he should ABSOLUTELY be able to sit around and chat up anyone he wants.
Obviously the FOH manager just shook his head and told him to back in the dining room. Why he's still employed I have no idea.
I mean, can you believe anyone would actually be dumb enough to argue to their boss that they have a right to sit around and text for 45 minutes in the middle of a shift?
Can any of you top this for sheer cluelessness?