Alright guys, I've been loving all these Tales From subs so I figured I'd offer up my only service industry story for y'all.
Worked at a larger indie theater in a big east coast city.
We used to have to give a brief announcement before the trailers for every movie, just introducing ourselves, thanking people for coming and shilling for the concession stand.
As most of us disliked public speaking enough when we weren't also selling the corporate line, we all kind of hated it.
I'm working the floor (cleaning, announcing, theater checks) with my buddy Steven (S) and we decide to do the rare tandem announcement to mix things up.
He comes up with an intro where we each introduce ourselves and then say "welcome to the *movie theater name*" together,
but first announcement he forgets the last part so I jokingly grumbled how "we were supposed to say that part together" and it gets a small laugh from the crowd.
It's not much of a joke, but since even a tiny laugh makes the rest of the announcing much less painful we end up reusing that same bit for the rest of the set, to great (read: mild) success.
Then I'm sent off to cover in the box office during their lunch.
In the box office I become inspired and start planning for our next announcement.
I come out of box psyched to make good on my plans but as we head up to the next theater our manager (M) and the concessions guy (CG) are following us.
It turns out while I'd been planning,
S was going on and on about how we'd been crushing it with our "hilarious" announcements and how they have to come watch us and we're basically the Kaufman of theater announcing, etc etc.
But none of them have a clue what's coming.
So we get to the theater, M and CG wait by the doors watching us, and we go down to the center of one of the rows to announce.
There's about a dozen people, with a mother and teenage daughter right in front of us.
Me: Hi everyone, I'm DJ-LIL
S: And I'm Steven
Me: And welcome to *theater name*
And then I just go off about how we were supposed to say the last part together, but S just keeps intentionally not doing it even though it was his idea in the first place,
and he's just trying to embarrass me so that he can look good, and he just wants it to be all about him, and he's a jerk,
and if that's what he wants then I'm just gonna go and he can do all the announcements himself and we can all just watch the Steven show just like he wants, etc,
until I start sarcastically chanting "Steven, Steven, Steven" and walk out as a couple of bros in the back start joining in the chant.
I get out to see CG dying with laughter as M looks shell-shocked trying to think through all the different ways the theater could get in trouble for this.
since S had the manager come out he's stuck up there going through every corporate mandated point the announcements are supposed to cover as the mother and daughter in front try to give
him words of encouragement/consolement over what a jerk I was.
S was still somewhat shaken when he came out but I like to think he thought it was funny.. He says his favorite part was when the bros joined in on the chant.
AND NOW WE'RE MARRIED!