Short Staffed

Miami Police
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Several years back I worked in a chain seafood restaurant in Dallas in
the old restaurant row. We were short staffed on a busy Saturday lunch
period. I was working in the bar when two Dallas detectives came in
looking for “John” a waiter. The manager actually told them that we
were very busy and short staffed. He asked if they could wait until
after the lunch rush. He even bought their lunch which they ate at the
bar. I never had a chance to tell “John” that the cops were waiting
for him. after the lunch rush “John” cashed out and was told that the
police were waiting for him. He took off out the back and we all
laughed as the detectives chased him. They got him the next day.

– Big C

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  • TMS

    January 10, 2011

    What did they want him for?

  • SkippyMom

    January 10, 2011

    Obviously not much if they took the time to get lunch. Sounds like a bench warrant that needed cleaning up. A free lunch is worth it I guess.

  • Kara Hoag

    January 12, 2011

    Even though I hate working in a restaurant, this is one of the reasons that I love it; so that I can relate to stories like this. This is one of the best ones I have heard yet, though.

    visions unto myself

  • kay bearry

    February 16, 2011

    Is it rude for a waitress to explain to a customer if the resturant is short staffed and she has multiple tables?

  • Samir

    July 21, 2011

    This is awesome! I’m not a fan that he ran off and the cops did not immediately catch him, that can get the restaraunt in trouble and make the cops look bad, which in turn can also influence them to make trouble. It is hilarious though that they waited and also that you’re manager asked them to. I’m guessing that the cops knew that as soon as they arrested him, they would need to bring him back to the station and process him, and then get going another thing…this way they got a free lunch break.

  • server_in_mt

    October 17, 2011

    This totally happened at my work too. Cops wanted to pick up a cook on a warrant (it was for marijuana possession, no big deal, to everyone up in arms about the evading). Busy Sunday morning breakfast rush, the cook hid in the walk-in freezer. He was in there like twenty minutes. He was blue when he came out! LOL

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