So I'm looking for a new job.
The gig I got hired for the day before the assault (yeah timing, gawd, I started three days after) sucked. For a lot of reasons starting with the fact that they take terrible advantage of their employees (like hey you're a server but we're also going to send groups of up to 150 through the restaurant via our events department and you don't get a gratuity and good luck taking care of any paying tables you might earn money from because there's only one of you on) and ending with a faceful of lye yesterday.
Yes, lye. Sodium Hydroxide. See, every time it rains that building's plumbing backs up to the point of fountains of shit-water emerging from the floor drains in the dishroom, and yesterday I walked into the kitchen just as Maintenance dumped several pounds of commercial drain unblocker in the form of crystalline sodium hydroxide into the drink four feet away. It coated my face, I couldn't breathe, and I got really dizzy and decided I needed to leave and see a doctor.
My boss? Was furious with me. Told me to mop and wipe down the restaurant before I left. I said dude no I need to go get medical treatment. He claimed there was nothing in the drain unblocker that could make anyone sick. I took a photo of the label demonstrating that Maintenance broke practically every rule on the can and that yes that shit can kill you dead. He said then don't go anywhere until we fill out an incident report. I said respectfully I was having trouble breathing and would have to insist on doctor first, incident report second. He still told me via text message to turn around and come back to work.
My doctor asked me to either go straight to the ER or, if I felt it could wait long enough, go home, bag up my clothes, shower, and THEN come to her office. I went with the latter and it turns out I got really lucky; my glasses saved my eyes, I only have the equivalent of a sunburn on my face, and steroids calmed my lungs down.
So yeah, I don't know whose people I need to let go but damn, I could use a long stretch of boring right about now.
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