One of the worst was the time the noobie blew up the bbq AT the function.
That summer was a particularily good one and busy, I was looking for on-call cooks for outdoor bbq events. New guy comes in for an interview fits the bill: Cooking for about 15 yrs, G &CC's, hotels, etc. Told him all you had to do was show up, ride with the crew, set up, flip burgers and dogs and smile. Proceeded to show him around the kitchen, showed him the bbq, and was about to give him a demo when he tells me that "Hey, no that's allright, I've been cooking with these things for years, I'll be here tomorrow at 9, O.K.?"
Famous last words....
The BBQ in question was a commerical s/s monster, 5 valves and knobs, one for each 25000 btu burner. The thing could pump out serious heat, and I personally, all by my lonesome, could cook off close to 500 burgers in under 90 minutes with that thing.
New guy shows up, loads up with the crew and off they go on site, I'm in the kitchen, getting ready for that night's function. About an hour later I get a phone call from my lead girl: "Get down here now, and bring the back-up bbq"
Back-up was a Home Despot $99. special that we used on occasion.
I get there and the new guy is standing around the bbq surrounding by a little pile of brass springs and washers and valve knobs--ALL 5 knobs ....
"I dunno, the things won't turn. I've worked with every kind of range there is, Moffat, Garland, Blodgett, never had any problems. This thing is spooked man."
Well, dip-wad, you never used a bbq, you gotta push in and then turn the knob.
My face must have been the colour of a rotten strawberry, but there were people around, so I kept my voice low:
"Look, you have to push and turn the knob. So you break the first one, O.K., it happens, you can still get by with 4 burners, I've done it many a time. But you break the second knob, large learning curve, eh? Still you could get by with 3 burners, you'd be slow, but you can still do it. Burners 3, 4 and 5 are hooped now too. I can't use you. Finish your shift with the back up and then pick up your cheque. I've got another function to get ready for."
Cost me $60 a burner to get it fixed. I photocopied the invoice and stapled it to his paycheque.....