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1010505 No. 1010505 ID: 15a025

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No. 1010506 ID: 15a025
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Ugh, about fifteen minutes before opening and only one bartender's showed up so far. It's firday night and a popular band's on for a concert. How am I going to prepare for this under-staffed shitshow?
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No. 1010508 ID: c92a02

Conscript the band's roadie to tend bar.
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No. 1010516 ID: 81ba28

Time to pop open your contacts list and guilt trip every off duty employee
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No. 1010687 ID: 15a025
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>Conscript the band's roadie to tend bar.
I believe they're still setting things up inside. I'll send a text to my co-worker who did show up though to rope him into helping out if no one else comes.

>Time to pop open your contacts list and guilt trip every off duty employee
Time to be the jerk that sends out a group text. This phone is really hard to type on, so I don't want to send out the same thing like, twenty times.
Lana: "Hey, Kaari's th only tndr her e on comcert night. I cant chek tickets ane ID, and deliver drjnks at sane tme. Get your ***** ovr her and hflp!"

Hope they can read my horrible fat paw typing. It's about five minutes before I start getting any replies.

Alex: "Can't, waiting in line for new cd @ midnight."

Timmy: "With Alex, waiting in line for cd n game."

Lana: "Hope they sell out beeore you get 1 then."

I get a few more texts with similar lousy excuses. "Oh I'm on a date tonight." "Busy with friends." Not a word from any of the no-shows either. I'd settle even for just hearing they're going to be late at this point. Finally, five minutes to opening I get some help on the way.

Virgil: "Be there in five."

At least now Kaari doesn't have to deal with bartending and bussing drinks out to tables on her own-

Kaari: "Lana get in. No cold drinks."
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No. 1010688 ID: 15a025
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1010688

I rush inside and head over to bar with Kaari.

Lana: "What do you mean no cold drinks? Did the fridge die again?"

Kaari: "No, whoever restocked our drinks last night didn't put them away!"

Lana: "Are you serious?"

Kaari: "We gotta six pack in the fridge, that's it. Everything else is sitting in the back, all warm and nasty."

Lana: "Ice?"

Kaari: "Yeah...that's another mess back there. Bunch of wet soggy bags."

Lana: "Please tell me at least the kegs are full?"

Kaari: "Doesn't seem like they go refilled either, maybe enough to last us before the concert starts in an hour though?"
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No. 1010712 ID: 08227f

Go pick up a bunch of ice bags at the nearest shop and use them to cool the drinks faster.
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No. 1010726 ID: 2de4fd

Okay, time to go into problem solving. Put a be right back sign on the door, preferably with a nice elegant black sharpie-lined note that says what time you'll let people in before the concert starts. Make it look legit. Then the three of you go out and get as much booze as you can, and pick a few drinks that you can make with what you can find and have the drinks menu be limited. Who knows, maybe "theme drinks" are in vogue.
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No. 1010788 ID: 11f77a

Alright, One of you go buy bags of ice. Whoever has a car can go get it. There's gotta be gas stations and nearby dollar-trees.

The other 'tender can quickly store as much beer as they can in the coolers.
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No. 1010832 ID: 15a025
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>Put a be right back sign on the door, preferably with a nice elegant black sharpie-lined note that says what time you'll let people in before the concert starts. Make it look legit. Then the three of you go out and get as much booze as you can, and pick a few drinks that you can make with what you can find and have the drinks menu be limited. Who knows, maybe "theme drinks" are in vogue.
>other 'tender can quickly store as much beer as they can in the coolers.
I let out a sigh.

Lana: "Alright, we can't open here with barely any cold drinks to serve and no ice to make them with either. I'm going to put up an be back soon sign, then I'm going to the gas station to stock up on ice. Maybe grab a few twenty-four packs out of their freezer section too, if there's still credit left on the company card."

I hear a door close and see a feathered figure run up to the bar. It's Virgil.

Virgil: "Sorry I'm a little late here. What are you two doing not opening up?"

Kaari: "Oh you know, just figuring out how we're going to deal with the flood of melted ice and warm drinks instead of a flood of costumers."

He gives her a puzzled look, so I briefly explain the situation.

Virgil: "What the hell? I know we got some pretty careless co-workers but that's peak incompetence there."

Kaari: "Lana's going to the gas station for ice, while she makes this tiny rabbit do all the heavy lifting."

Lana: "That's what happens to tiny rabbits who lose their license for 'speeding'.

Virgil: "Speeding? Sounds like a story for another time. Anyway, what about me? You want me to come help haul stuff at the store? Or do you want me to stick here and help 'tiny' stock those oh so heavy six packs?"
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No. 1010835 ID: 894419

>>1010832
Tiny can handle it, I need your help on the beer run. Lets get going
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No. 1010864 ID: d052fd

Doesn't matter if they're still setting up, the band needs to know this situation now. They might be able to help out of motivation to not play for a pissed-off sober crowd, they might be dicks about it and then you don't have to feel bad. Time is of the essence though, so get virgil to deal with that while you make the booze run.
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No. 1010991 ID: 15a025
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>Doesn't matter if they're still setting up, the band needs to know this situation now.
>Time is of the essence though, so get Virgil to deal with that while you make the booze run.
Lana: "Actually, someone should probably talk to the band and let them know about this too."

Virgil: "Maybe their roadie will help out too?"

Kaari: "Aw right. Sorry I forgot to ask for his help Lana."

Lana: "Long as you don't forget to put the beer away, it's fine."

Better not waste any more time on moving my mouth instead of my legs. I tape up a be back soon sign on the window, and to no surprise, hear a decent amount of yelling.
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No. 1010992 ID: 15a025
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1010992

I'm going to be hauling quite the load back with me, so I take the bar's truck and head for the closest gas station. First thing I do when I get there is open up the ice box and load up ten bags of ice into the trunk. Then I head inside over to the freezers to start my lil 'beer run'.

???: "Hey there 'Socket'. What are you doing grabbing all those cases of beer?"

Lana: "Huh? Oh hey Luanne. Just making a beer run for work."

Luanne: "For...work? Don't you already sell and serve drinks there?"

Lana: "Some inept jerkwad left all our inventory sitting in the back. Now we've got no ice or cold drinks to serve. On top of hardly anyone showing up to work. Getting this to serve to hopefully last us till the other stuff is put away and cold."

Luanne: "Dang. Yeah that really sucks when you gotta pick up after your co-workers slack."

Lana: "Sucks, cause it's a big night. Concert on a Friday? Dude's on my shitlist now, along with the slackers not showing up to help."
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No. 1011045 ID: 15a025
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1011045

I look back down as I place another case on the ground. She looks a little depressed.

Luanne: "Could be worse though. You could have walked into work and found uh..."

She stops and mumbles for a bit.

Lana: "Uh, a what?"

Luanne: "Horrible accident. Nothing looked right."

I scratch my head for a second. I'm not really sure what to do or say here? Whatever this 'accident' was she seems pretty bothered by it. I do need to get going here, but I don't wanna up and leave her suddenly.
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No. 1011047 ID: dfbac0

I think we can leave those customers waiting for a bit longer, I doubt they can get more disgruntled then they already are.
Be the comforting presence Luanne need for a bit, you might not be able to hear the full story or help her out at the moment but lend a shoulder and an ear for a bit.
"You alright? You seem pretty shaken about about it."
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No. 1011200 ID: 8483cf

Change the subject. If she's still down in the dumps, maybe she'll appreciate something cheery to talk about.
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No. 1011331 ID: 894419

>>1011047
more or less this.
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No. 1011419 ID: 2de4fd

...This sounds bad. Drinks are important but so is this. Ask if they're okay.
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No. 1011432 ID: 15a025
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1011432

>I think we can leave those customers waiting for a bit longer, I doubt they can get more disgruntled then they already are.
Yeah, guess an extra five minutes of waiting isn't going ruin anyone's night anymore than our delay has.

>Be the comforting presence Luanne need for a bit, you might not be able to hear the full story or help her out at the moment but lend a shoulder and an ear for a bit.
>Drinks are important but so is this. Ask if they're okay.
I get down on my knees and give her a lil shoulder pat.
Lana: "You okay? You seem pretty shaken up about it."

Luanne: "I walked into to work the other morning for my internship and. And... they... they were dead."

Lana: "Who was dead?"

Luanne: "Co-worker I liked. Just lying there. Crushed under a van. They're saying the van fell off one of the car lifts.

Lana: "That's really unfortunate, were they old lifts that just broke or?"

Luanne: "No, they're still intact. What really bothers me is I don't think this was an accident. The car's sitting upright and... his head was crushed under a tire. It's a little bit away next to the lift, so it had to have tipped over to fall. It couldn't have tipped over though, it landed straight up.

Lana: "Right, if it tipped over, wouldn't it have landed on its side then?"

Luanne: "Every time I think about it all, it just - nothing seems right.[/smal]

We both stand in silence for a few moments.

Luanne: "Sorry for...breaking down like that suddenly."

Lana: "Hey no. It's fine. If talking is helping you process things, I'm all ears."

Luanne: "Thanks. it's been making studying for those test Monday hard."

Lana: "I haven't had time yet to study for the electrical engineering test. What other tests you got coming up?"

Luanne: [small]"My automotive class."


Lana: "Yeah I can see why that's hard to study for right now."

Luanne: "I better let you get back to work here though. I just stopped in here to fill up and grab a few iced coffees."

Lana: "Well, if you need to talk again, give me a call or text."

Luanne: "Will do."

After Luanne leaves, I stack up all the beer cases I can carry and head for the front counter and pay for everything.
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No. 1011433 ID: 15a025
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By the time I make it back to the bar, it's six-thirty. I put Virgil on unloading and stocking my haul. Then I talk with Kaari and she fills me in that the band's decided to delay the concert by an hour, just so we have time to let everyone in and get their seats and drinks situated.

Kaari: "Oh yeah something else. Do you...have the keys for the big freezer? It's unlocked for now, which isn't it a big deal. That's going to be an issue for closing time though."

Lana: "No, I only have the truck and door keys on me. Freezer keys should have been put back by whoever restocked...last night."

She lets out a sigh.
Kaari: "Uggghhh, guess mister half ass whoever took the keys then probably."
She tries to shoo me away with her tiny lil paw.
Kaari: "Go start letting people in before I find more headaches to worry about. I'll worry about the keys later when we close up."

Lana: "Alright then, holler for Virgil if you need help. Shout for me if anyone gets physical."
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No. 1011434 ID: 15a025
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1011434

Everyone generally starts to calm down as I open up and start inspecting tickets and IDs. There's still a good chunk of rage-o-holics that cuss and holler about the long wait.

Wolf?: "Oh aay. Big cute chick at the door. Wonder if there's more inside?"

Then you got the schmoozers. What's this lil punk trying to hide?

Lana: "Well, keep wondering pal cause no smoking inside. Put it out or get out."

Wolf?: "Hey what? This is supposed to be a smoking bar ain't it."

Lana: "Again, no smoking. Put it out and show me your ticket and ID."
I try my hardest not cough as he blows a puff at me.

Wolf?: "Can I at least finish it?"

Lana: "If you want to go to the back of the line to finish it you can. Otherwise-"

He hands me his ticket and ID. Both check out okay, but the lil punk still puffing smoke around. Not really helping when I could go for a smoke break myself.

Wolf?: "We good now?"

Lana: "You still haven't put out your cigarette, and you're holding up the line here. Make a decision here before I do."

Wolf?: "That dead set on it eh? Well how's about we go to the back and we can even share eh? Big gal like probably knows how to huff and puff pretty good eh?"

I don't think I'm going to get through to this guy. Not really sure how much time or energy I wanna waste on this loser either. Should I just snatch his cigarette and stomp it out myself? Kick him back to the end of the line? Something else?
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No. 1011485 ID: 894419

>>1011434
You're a bouncer, put down your foot and bounce the pipsqueak. You're like 3 times his size lady!
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No. 1011486 ID: afe7de

Snatch his cigarette but smoke it and tell him to get inside he's done smoking. Put the power play on em.
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No. 1011487 ID: 08227f

Tell him to wait off to the side and only when he's done he can go in. If he tries to barge in then kick him out.
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No. 1011588 ID: 15a025
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1011588

>You're a bouncer, put down your foot and bounce the pipsqueak. You're like 3 times his size lady!
>Snatch his cigarette but smoke it and tell him to get inside he's done smoking. Put the power play on em.
I snatch this lil punk's cigarette from him and take a nice long drag on it.

Wolf?: "Hey! I was still smoking that!"

Then I repay the favor and blow out a nice puff back at him.

Lana: "You're done smoking for the night pal. If I get complaint's your lighting shit up inside, you're face is ending up like this cigarette."
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No. 1011589 ID: 15a025
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1011589

I flick it on the ground and put it out with my boot.

Wolf?: "Awoo. I might like that, under differ-

Lana: "Finish that sentence and you're getting kicked out."

As he goes in, I send a quick text to Kaari and Virgil as a heads up about the dude.
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No. 1011590 ID: 15a025
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1011590

Next person to talk to me is some Dalmatian guy.

Dalmatian: "You let him off pretty easy. You get jerks like that often?"

Lana: "Not too often really. ID and ticket please."

He hands them over, both- huh?

Lana: "What's with the money?"

Dalmatian: "It's a tip. Treat yourself to something after work."

I look at his ID and ticket more closely, just in case the "tip" is to get my guard down. Both check out alright though.

Lana: "Thanks, enjoy the concert."
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No. 1011591 ID: 15a025
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1011591

A good chunk of time flies by as I continue checking tickets and id's. Weirdly, there's still quite a line of people here yet? Feels like the concert should be starting soon and the line should be getting shorter. Next in line is a little sheep.

Lana: "Hey nice beanie there. Can I see your ticket and ID please?"

Sheep: "Sure, thanks!"

ID checks out, ticket is... not paid for? I look at it more and see it's also fake. It's not stamped and feeling it, it's not even the right kind of paper.

Lana: "Care to explain where you got this ticket?"

Sheep: "Is... is there a problem? I just bought it half an hour ago and got in line."

Lana: "Try again, we've been sold out for two weeks, there aren't any extra tickets left to sell."

She gives me an annoyed look
Sheep: "How can you be sold out when I just spent seventy-five notes on this ticket?"

Lana: "Look the tickets a fake. It doesn't have this concert's serial number or our paid for stamp on it, which would have our club's-."

Sheep: "Then why do you have a booth setup in the parking lot selling them? This is kinda ridiculous."
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No. 1011667 ID: 08227f

make one of the guys inside guard the door while you go beat the fake ticket salesman real quick
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No. 1011675 ID: 36784c

>>1011591
>”Then why do you have a booth setup in the parking lot selling them? This is kinda ridiculous."
That’s because we don’t have a booth selling tickets. You’ve been scammed.”


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