This is a first for me and left me feeling pretty upset the other night. I have been staging across Chicago this week looking for new work. All of them have required that I stage for a night and at the end of the night they have all offered me a job. This last stage, Friday night, was one I was very excited about. I worked a 10 hour shift for them, garmo, in an open kitchen - very interesting.
The ad said they were looking for a full time line cook with 1-2 years of experience for immediate hire. This is also how I arranged all my other stages this week. 3, and all have offered me a position at the end of the night.
Anyway, I show up, I work and at the end of the night the chef starts ordering all this crazy amounts of foods for me and I start assuming there is bad news. When he sits with me he lets me know that while he was extremely impressed by my performance (ex military, quick learner, I have no problems in the kitchen) the position is no longer available. Not because someone else got it, but because yesterday morning he found out that they in fact did not need a new hire. They are opening a second location and are sending a few of their chefs there, hence why they were hiring. But that has been postponed for another three months. He found this out yesterday morning. I said "I'm not dumb, I think you're just saying that I didn't do well enough because I don't understand why you'd make me work all night (for free) if there was no job". He looked confused and said that he didn't want to cancel our arrangements. He told me to call him in 2 months to a year and they could see what they could do. He said that out of the seven people he had stage for the job, I was definitely the best choice. But, again, that just yesterday morning he got the work to not bring in a new hire.
I requested that night off from my current restaurant, I got a sitter for my kid and I had to pay for a 20 dollar cab ride home because my bus had stopped running -- all for a job that didn't exist.
When I told a coworker of mine what happened he said I should go back and demand pay and if they refuse, tell the labor department. I'm not sure if that's extreme. And I'm not even sure if I should be upset. Does anyone have any advice? Is this normal? Should I even be feeling upset? Looking for any and all advice.
Ps. I accepted a job offer at a kick a** place downtown.