This week is Thanksgiving.
Our process for requesting days off is relatively simple. There's a small datebook, and you write your name under certain dates, and get it initialed. (That's the important part. The initialing makes it legit.) On holidays, only four people are allowed to get initialed off.
I don't drive, I take the bus everywhere. Also, Thanksgiving is the one holiday I get to spend with my hodge-podge family as if we were a normal one. So, two months ago, I made sure to take it off and have the Head Waitress initial it herself.
Schedule came out. Not only am I working Thanksgiving evening into late night, but I am working the overnight on Wednesday, barring me from any holiday festivities...at all.
I went to the manager to try and figure it out, because I can't get there, and I took it off two months ago. People who took it off two days ago have it off. People who have worked there for way less time than I have, have it off. Head Waitress' defense for herself is that "I have to work holidays too. If she doesn't like it, she can find a new job!". The response I got from the manager was that I was giving him attitude (by panicking), and that if I did not show up on Thursday, I would not be working there anymore.
Who's wrong here? Everyone in my life is saying that the restaurant is really twisted and "effed" up, and I'm inclined to agree....but what say you in the restaurant business?