A category 5 hurricane is going to steamroll over us...

  1. A tornado steamrolled through my community back in January. The Waffle House closed the next day. The place I worked did not. We had like 4 customers all day.

  2. Waffle House index is used to determine the severity of a storm by FEMA. Trust Wafflehouse and they can be your wafflehome. Edit: wiki link

  3. Had a snowstorm in early 2000s where our power was out for three days. You can bet Waffle House was open cooking EVERYTHING THEY COULD on gas … boiling water for coffee, pancakes, toasting bread, anything they could make and they place was PACKED.

  4. They've closed 11 so far in Punta Gorda and surrounding communities. They never close a head of landfall.

  5. I definitely remember an intense “Ah shit” feeling when the Waffle Houses started closing at the start of the pandemic

  6. Isn’t that how they measure possible storm, and hurricane impact by how many waffle houses in the path of the storm close?

  7. This hurricane is bad enough that I’ve heard about it prior to it making landfall from out of the states all the way in Australia. Usually not something that happens until we’ll after the fact

  8. Waffle House will get employees rooms in a nearby motel (there is usually one next door) before a bad storm hits the area, just so they can stay open.

  9. Just call your coworkers, tell them you're not going in and neither should they. When no one shows up, they'll have their answer.

  10. "But I have to work to pay rent this month" and thats how you know you're fucked. If there is money to be made, people will show up. Unpaid day off isn't the highlight for some people

  11. I remember an old chef of mine told me how he crawled through a blizzard to be the only one in the kitchen one day as a story of his dedication to work.

  12. I've done that before to bartend. Granted it was only 3 blocks, but I ended up making an insane amount of money that day

  13. Longhorn steakhouse has a legend that the one downtown during a huge ATL snow\ice storm winter of '81-'82 was the only restaurant that opened the next morning. Supposedly they called all their competition and bought every bit of product they could get their hands on in the surrounding area because no one else was actually staffed to serve food, so they made a killing and that's what gave the owner the capital to start opening more restaurants, turning it into a chain.

  14. The place i worked at during a freak blizzard was open for two days. But then had to close cause the truck drivers couldn't make deliveries. That was the best two days off in a long time.

  15. I'm considered a hero for working through the COVID pandemic. Still waiting for that medal of honor.

  16. Back in my restaurant days, when i was just a lowly shift leader and not the AGM, i was told that i MUST come to work during a blizzard. Now, having grown up in a state without snow (i mean, i saw a little flurry once in my 20yrs there and the entire state shut down for it), i was afraid to drive in it, but i did. i got there safe and sound. Two of my coworkers also showed up. We dutifully prepped and set up the store for opening. NOT A SINGLE CUSTOMER. i was even prepared to give first responders their food for free, as i always did, because i figured they'd be the people showing up. Nope. No one. Nada. Finished out about 2/3rds of that shift and the district manager called me to tell me to shut the store down and send everyone home. Fastest close i'd ever done.

  17. Kinda shows how we've all been taught to put work on the highest pedestal and that risking life and limb is the right thing to do if it involves work.

  18. I have lived through a category 5 hurricane. Whatever you thought doesn’t need securing, go secure it right now. Fill every spare container you have with water. If you can, get new (ie clean) trash cans (the big ones) and fill them with water too. This is for toilets and basic cleaning. Whatever amount of batteries you think you need, double them. Whatever amount of food and drinking water provisions you think you need, double them. Do not count on government services being available for at least a week afterwards. Depending on where you live and the stability of the infrastructure, it might be a lot longer than that. Fill up gas containers for your car. If you have a generator, do not count on gas stations being available for refills. Buy whatever gas you need right now. If you have anyone in your house that needs refrigerated medications or otherwise need power, make sure you have enough gas and that your generator is working. If you do not have a generator, start making alternate plans right now in case the power goes out. Category five is a beast. Not just for what happens during the hurricane, but for how hard the recovery is afterwards. And tell your boss that it is a much better use of his time to start filling up the freezer and the refrigerator with ice right now then to have dinner service. You guys need to fill it up floor to ceiling or risk losing tens of thousands of dollars in produce

  19. Same here....add to that, your phones won't work for days or possibly weeks. Cell towers will all be down, damaged or overloaded. Only SAT phones will work.

  20. and if you have the money, and the hardware stores haven't sold out, a chainsaw or two comes in clutch and you can always sell them after you clear your neighborhood.

  21. We just went through a category 2, and it was worse than any of us could have imagined. I live in Atlantic Canada, and the Juan was the worst we ever had before.

  22. Having formerly been with the Red Cross for 19 years, and having seen up close and personally the insane level of death and destruction a hurricane of this level can cause? Think whole city blocks turned into piles of gravel and matchsticks. Not kidding. Depending on location, you'll be lucky if the restaurant is still standing after this hurricane hits. Get the fuck out of town if possible. No job is worth risking your life. Your bosses are out of their minds.

  23. For me it’s cyclones, but I’ve never even gone to work or school during a category 1 while it was making landfall, there’s literally no point to take that risk

  24. I had a chef call me and said he’d personally pick me up during a blizzard after telling him I was snowed in. He was ready to risk my safety and his for 0 covers. BOH/FOH absolutely refused to come in and they were forced to close. They wouldn’t stfu about it for two weeks, then after those two weeks, we had an even worse blizzard.

  25. Had a restaurant owner try to do that for me after I told him I wasn't gonna risk my life for his shift. He came and picked my roommate coworker up but didn't know I lived at the same place. I told him I wasn't gonna come in and "no" when he said he was gonna pick me up. If he had found out I lived there, I'dve still refused. Guy was a pushy dude.

  26. If your margins are so slim you can’t close to compensate for an emergency, is it a successful business? Shouldn’t there be money set aside for something like this to happen? Because it has to be dire for you to risk your employees well-being and safety to keep it open. And it’s STILL not the right choice. I am always so thoroughly confused by this type of response to a natural disaster and it makes me question how bad things are. I know running a restaurant is tough but for fucks sake!

  27. Same thing when owners say they can't pay servers a living wage. If you have to pay slave labor wage and hope customers pay your payroll then you shouldn't be in business.

  28. I work at a bar in Louisiana, and every hurricane season it’s the same shit. They wait till the absolute last minute to let us know if we’re closing or not. And some people end up evacuating when they were scheduled to work. So it’s always a cluster fuck.

  29. Why waste the money on labor during a slow day due to a hurricane. Thats ridiculous, if they open and i was you id give my 2 weeks when they announce theyre open and go find something else that values their staff

  30. My mom lives up near the Orlando area and works in a store that hasn't made up it's mind either. I told her if they try and call her in to say no and stay put at home because her safety is worth more than the shit money they pay her. And with the flooding expected it's possible she'd be able to get to work but not get home. She's older as well so I assured her if she has storm damage I'll drive down over the weekend after the storm passes to bring her what she needs or help clean up if it's necessary.

  31. Damn right. We'd be in the middle of the zombie apocalypse and some pretentious fuck would be tryin to figure out how to plate brains on a Friday night.

  32. And some 40 year old alcoholic drug addict chef that looks 70 would be the first to say, “IT WAS WAY HARDER BACK IN MY DAY!” Like it’s a badge of honor or some shit.

  33. I worked at a pretty big corporate home office when a hurricane was bearing down, and there were evacuation orders. A companywide email was sent out that said, “you can’t leave until we give you permission.” Nobody paid attention to it, and left when they darn well felt like it.

  34. Seriously? What idiot would open during a category 5 hurricane. The labor percentage is going to be well over 84%.

  35. We boarded up for Ian this morning and aren’t opening until maybe Saturday. Stay safe out there

  36. A Huge snowstorm came up the coast one year. The local office insisted they could not close without permission from company HQ in Washington, DC. By the time they actually called HQ and discovered that it was already closed, the local office stayed open, even though 80% of the employees had already left.

  37. I work in New Orleans, been through this, it sucks. Don’t put your self at risk. If they fire you then fuck em and blast them on social media.

  38. I worked at PF Changs in a hurricane and they were all about being open til they lost power. Risk our lives til they can't...

  39. How long on my eggs? I've been spinning in this hurricane for 20 minutes! It's unacceptable. I want to speak to a manager.

  40. It boggles my fucking mind what restaurant owners are thinking. I’m not in the most dangerous area for this one but we’re going to get hit. My boss wants to reopen before it’s even completely gone. Like who the fuck do they think is going to come in while it is still storming?

  41. I'm used to them by now, I've had to stay overnight a couple times at the hotel I worked in to ensure guests had food in the morning, even without gas running we hooked up to propane canisters outside which was so perfectly ghetto

  42. Wya? My baby sis is a bar supervisor in Tampa, n they had her working last night, and this morning. I understand there are guests etc., but like wtf. Can’t get a response from her or her gf. High key freaking out rn from Texas.

  43. It’s been awhile but some years ago OKC had a huge blizzard. Of course some restaurants stayed open. A busser on his way to his job at The Cheesecake Factory got in a wreck and died. Not worth it. I hope you stay safe OP.

  44. It’s my opinion that if restaurants are able to open during a disaster they should serve as a resource for people. Providing food/water/shelter/comfort and the disaster relief fund should subsidize it. During the snow-pacolypse in Texas in 2020 I was the chef of a co-op brewery. We were one of the lucky few with power and water. We didn’t ask anyone else to come in but myself, the head brewer, and GM, made our way to the restaurant. I turned everything in the walking into soup/chili/curry/bread pudding and sold it for a dollar. We filled up people’s water containers from the brewhaus and let people stay as long as we were there. Played movies and board games and to this day it still makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. We lost a lot of money but we gained a lot of new patrons from the community who came for water and soup. Win/win.

  45. Its just a breeze with some light showers. Yall will be fine. Workers comp if you get launched to your death

  46. That's the industry for ya in Florida. I earned my stars working in Florida kitchens under some bad ass chefs. Hurricanes are to Florida as snow blizzards are to Colorado. To the rest of the country, it's unimaginable. To that specific state, they've dealt with it enough that they have a phenomenal plan in place. You damn well better be at work as well sir!!!

  47. Not to sound like an ass, but where in Florida are you? I used to live there, have worked in the biz there, and yeah, you're in Florida, but if you're all the way in the panhandle, you'll likely be okay, same with some parts of the east coast. The media really hypes it up.

  48. No kitchen job is worth risking your safety for. If the owners can't make the decision to close when it would be unsafe to stay open, make the decision for them.

  49. Earlier this year we had a huge storm and it was "code orange". In The Netherlands this means, don't travel unless it's an emergency. Every restaurant was closed. Even McDonalds. But our place HAD to stay open. It was such bullshit. We had 6 customers who came in to eat fries and chicken satay. All the employers together probably drove the numbers in red for the evening.

  50. This sounds like my boss being indecisive on whether we should be open when the wind is supposed to be steady 70mph with gusts near 100 and near whiteout conditions by noon in the winter and expected to be that way all day. Like who TF is going to be out driving around in that shit? Sure, I'll come in because I only live a half mile away, but you better believe if my car is stuck in the back lot by the time my shift is over tonight I'm going to be drinking shifties on your dime until the weather clears tomorrow morning. She usually decides to close when it's explained to her that way.

  51. In our area as of yesterday...no water or gas available anywhere. I ran to the store after work and got some bread and soda, fruit and crackers. Now it seems to be bypassing us (so sorry for everyone else, but I'm thankful, been thru some that just brushed close to us, and we were out of power for 3 days, most people it was 5, and the whole experience was horrible). No stores open today, and the ATM's are acting wonky.

  52. It's fucking ridiculous what restaurants will pull. The last one we waited until the absolute last minute to decide to close (an hour before opening). It had to take a power outage to come to that decision. Not even a single minute goes by, by the time I'm walking out the door, winds and rain are slamming the area.

  53. Not-so “Friendly” family ice cream gimmick restaurant I used to work for called me in in the middle of a Nor-Easter and during a State of Emergency. Regardless of the literally 5 foot wall of snow burying my car, no, I’m not coming in, and you shouldn’t be there either Bill. Go home to your family bruh.

  54. As someone who has been in the same situation I say go to work and when the power shuts off loot the liquor and have a hurricane party.

  55. Worked in a place that was open during a hurricane. We could say no to coming in but it was “encouraged” to come in. Fuck that place. It’s closed now. COVID killed it. Good riddance.

  56. I am right here with you my dude. We have 4000 mouths to feed and that's not counting people working rideout with families. We got this!

  57. At my last job, the owner made us stay open even though there was a wild fire raging less than 10 miles away. We could step outside and watch it spread. Took them 4 hours to get it under control; 2 hours past service. They seriously endangered us and the lives of their customers for a few thousands dollars. The thing that shocked me the most was the fire department and police letting people through blockades on the highway if they said they had a reservation at our store...

  58. If you live in an area where hurricanes are common, i could easily see this happening. That's part of the reason why it was so hard to get people to evacuate ahead of Katrina. People on the Gulf of Mexico are constantly having threats of hurricanes in the Autumn. It's hard to take them all seriously. It's been long enough, now, that a lot of people that are working have only vague memories of that time, since they were children. One of the more unfortunate parts of the cycle of time. Event happens, people are horrified, then slowly move on, event happens again...

  59. Am a manager and got into it with my GM today about being open, very few tables and barely passed the window of profit. Was frustrating mostly because owner and Gm of said place were both at home and didn’t have to worry about getting home in what could of been not great weather conditions.

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