How I Discovered Bad Dragon
When you are in the food service industry, you have to deal with a lot of nonsense and drama. On top of having to rely on a team of people all doing their jobs to reflect on you as a server, you have to rely on the generosity of others to make ends meet. It can all be quite maddening to endure. Let’s just call the company that I worked for O. Garden. Wait, that’s too obvious, let’s call it Olive G. Working for Olive G. was an exercise in frustration and patience. As with all my jobs, I gave it everything I had and tried to be the very best that I could, but I couldn’t wait for the day when I could work somewhere else and still survive financially.
Through the years I was there (five, to be exact), I had been offered several jobs by customers. Oftentimes, these jobs were in high pressure commission based sales positions. Even more frequently, they were offered to me by individuals who didn’t seem to understand the concept of tipping. My rule of thumb in these cases was to call back the good tippers and forget about the ones who tipped poorly, because I feel that how you treat servers is indicative of the kind of person you are.
One day I had the luck to serve a group of five individuals who seemed pretty close to the same age as me. I sat them at their table, did my thing and went about my business. I don’t mind telling you that I did a great job on the table! They didn’t need anything, as I gave them what I thought they may have required without being asked. Everything seemed pretty normal to me, they were happy and laughing. As their meal drew to a close, I dropped off their check and told them to take their time and I would cash the check when they were ready. Upon dropping off their check, one of the five party members asked me if I wanted something different in a job. I openly expressed my interest in finding something of an alternative. He gave me his card and they went on about their day. I was excited to have been thought of highly enough for these individuals to offer me a job, but there was still the matter of the tip to attend to. I nervously opened the book, closing my eyes and bracing for the usual 10% gratuity. To my delight, it was a great tip (pictured with the article).
I made the call and I’m so glad that I did! After interviewing for a job as a production employee, the executives here decided to place me in a position better suited to my diverse abilities. So now I am the PR rep and social media person as well as a member of our marketing team. All day long, I get to decide how we present ourselves to you all, what we want you to get excited about, and how we will make that excitement contagious. This company is amazing, they treat us as truly valuable assets and equals, which is something I never take for granted considering experiences with past employers. I loved it so much here that I brought my wife on board when things at her old job started to go pear shaped, and now she is happy at work as well. Working at Bad Dragon has allowed me so many opportunities to grow, learn, travel, and do amazing things that I never even dreamed of in my wildest fantasies! All my life, I wanted a job that afforded me the ability to be creative for a living and use my brain instead of my brawn. Happily, I can say that that’s the case here, as my days are spent determining the best way to present our products to you amazing customers!
The lesson here in my opinion is to work hard, reach high, and never give up on yourself or your dreams. Trust me, we can all do whatever we put our minds to. You just have to want it enough, and I did.