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Mice Net : August 2009
surprise site inspection “Upon completion of our grand ballroom renovation (15,000 square feet) my general manager decided to show off the new space to a few of his close friends. He was particularly pleased with this project because with my design skills and his aggressive bargaining tactics we came in under budget. On this particular evening my manager requested my master keys to enter the space, and since the room was completely empty the impact would be very impressive. The GM entered the room in complete darkness while the guests waited by the doors while my GM proceeded to the control room to turn up the lights. As he was doing this the waiting guests were surprised by unusual noises coming from a far off corner of the room. My GM turned up the lights and shouted “surprise” hoping his fellow friends would experience his pride and joy. But to everyone’s horror the unusual noises were coming from two employees engaging in extra-curricular activities on the dance floor. The turning up the lights didn’t act as a deterrent for the highly focused couple. I met my manager later that evening who told me that I had been working very hard and could have the rest of the evening off, keeping me in the dark, as it were, about how the surprise site inspection went. On my return to work the management were all abuzz and filled me in on all the details. The entire management team was called into the executive office and told of the story and asked what should be done. We all thought that immediate dismissal for both individuals would be the natural response. But one employee had been with the property for years and had never been reprimanded for anything. We were all asked our opinions, and when it came to my turn in true “smart mouth fashion” I asked “Who was on top”? They were not impressed, but I never had to work an evening shift after that encounter.” loss of appetite “While working the front desk a gentleman came up requesting I enter his friend’s room for he had not turned up for his meeting. I asked him to come with me and we would both check that he was okay. We entered the room and discovered the gentleman was face down in his bed. We tried to revive him but there was no response. I called an ambulance and then the manager on duty to assist with first aid, but all the staff were in a meeting and the executive assistant would not interrupt them. She did interrupt when I told her the severity of the situation. In the meantime I proceeded to do mouth to mouth on the guest until an oxygen tank was provided. The paramedics arrived, checked his pulse and stated the man was dead. We requested they remove the body by way of the back door to avoid upsetting the guests, but they got confused and wheeled the body past the restaurant and the lunch crowd waiting at the buffet. Bon Appetite!” funny ha ha It wasn’t good news for this corporate event when a high profile (and extremely unpredictable) comic television personality took an impromptu tap dance on one of the formal dining tables. Of course, the table toppled over – plates, centrepieces and the entire table setting fell to the floor, as did the client’s jaw… Same event but different year, another disaster (albeit of a much minor scale) when the female comedian host who was instructed to dress in formal evening wear turned up in cowboy boots and an ensemble that can only be described as a smock. With a subtle prompt from the events team, she duly booked a hair appointment to try and glam up her wardrobe for the evening.