Evening all, I thought I would share a recent experience with you and see what people think, was it the right thing to do?
I've been in the game for almost 20 years, so am no spring chicken and been working as sous chef for two years alongside the head chef, who I would say we became friends as well as professional work colleagues. About 9 months ago, he was caught by his Mrs cheating with another woman, well sending dick pics etc, his girlfriend was three months from giving birth to their second child and suffers depression.
He also has a serious cannabis problem, where he will have three joints before work, even when on breakfast and go out for a spliff or two in the afternoon also. To be honest, I've never seen him sober and he became a mess. Ordering was haywire, running out of the same things each week, wasting the same things, couldn't seem to get it right. Often rocked up late, was incredibly lazy, always left huge amounts of prep for us to do on his days off and never did any deep cleaning.
Whenever he was working, service was always debilitatingly slow and his quality was inconsistent. Further more, he became very angry at the drop of a hat, once threatening to 'smash the face in' of a 17 years old waitress for making a mistake on an order. On one occasion, he thought we were talking about him (weed paranoia) and starting kicking off and eventually just went home, wish I could do that when I wanted! People rejoiced when they found out he was off and momentum grew to push him out.
6 weeks ago, the owner had me in the office and offered me his job, I'm quite mild mannered and would have nothing to do with the plot. The situation spiralled and every day became unbearable until two days ago, the boss, the other two chefs and I had a meeting. We did an anonymous vote by putting a yes or no card in an envelope, each card said yes, he had to go, the next flare up and he would be sacked.
I felt so bad for him as he has many problems, including financial issues, but these are self-inflicted as he's on 30 grand a year. The next day, he came in and was in a terrible mood, the bad vibes were flowing, the first thing he said to me was having a whinge at something I didn't do, so I told him where to go and I wouldn't cooperate. He stormed up to the boss expecting him to reprimand me, only to get sacked.
Never seen anything like this in all my years, a complete sociopath but I also feel that we may have stitched him up, however much it was deserved. What are we saying, can I sleep easy tonight or should I be riddled with guilt?
Do your worst!