that you could get away with anything, the manager was a cokehead and everybody took the piss. Turn up late, pour yourself free pints and get free food. Come in hungover, not a problem. Shut the kitchen early if it was too busy or really quiet. Could pretty do what you wanted. Most of his staff were his cokehead mates who were crap at their jobs.
We had a new manager who put a stop to all of that. All food and drink has to go through the till. Everybody has to turn up on time and in uniform. The kitchen stays open until the time advertised, no excuses.
In 3 months time there was me, one girl behind the bar and a pot washer left of the whole kitchen and FOH staff. They couldn't get free beer and food anymore and sit around getting paid for doing nothing, a couple of weeks of them actually having to do some hard work saw a lot of them handing in their notices. They couldn't bring their mates up and have them all eat for free anymore or come in still pissed from the night before.
3 of us out of 18 or so kept going and the most of the rest of them couldn't give a ***K
There were only 3 of us who were excited about the change and making it more professional, everybody else was in uproar about they had to start paying for everything they ate and drank and they were sent home still pissed and stumbling around when they started their shifts.
If you have it really easy for a long time and blatantly take the piss every day of your working life for a couple of years, it's a big shock then you've someone new in charge . People find it hard to snap out of it when confronted with the fact they've been stealing a living.
He has sounded really hoarse lately. Loads on here have picked it up and they even mentioned it on Talkport. Judging by what went on today he'd done a load more shouting, probably a lot in training too. After the takeover it was going to be a longer than normal post-match interview so maybe he thought sod that, I'll leave it until my voice is back.