Mark, who takes on the role of manager for a restaurant, faces a crisis when his wife falsely claims to be the manager and embarrasses a waitress, leading to Mark’s confrontation with his wife and in-laws. Here is what Mark had to say:
He Was Seen as Management
Meet Mark, a 37-year-old man who started working at his dad’s friend’s restaurant in 2016. He started off small, but he was able to gain his employer’s trust by managing the restaurant on days when the boss wasn’t available. As a result, he was assigned to handle restaurant management, which meant overseeing day-to-day operations, handling customer complaints, providing service, managing shifts, and putting together schedules, among other things. Although he was not the manager, the staff thought he was, and his relationship and interaction with the staff had changed a bit.
The Wife was Thrilled
Mark’s wife, Samantha, was his biggest supporter. She was thrilled when he told her that he was directly handling management. However, Mark made it clear that he was not the manager and had limited authority. He was not the ultimate decision-maker in the establishment.
She Put It Online
Nonetheless, Samantha went to tell everyone that her husband was now the manager of his workplace. She even posted about it on social media, but Mark told her to take it down immediately.
She Wouldn’t Pay
One day, Samantha showed up at the restaurant with her friends, and there were 5 of them. She invited them for lunch and ordered plenty of dishes. However, she embarrassed the waitress by refusing to pay, telling everyone that she was the wife of the manager and shouldn’t pay.
She started arguing with the waitress and then left. 2 hours later, Mark received a call from the waitress, wanting to talk about what happened and why he fired her. Mark was shocked because he had no clue what she was talking about. She showed him the message that was sent from his Facebook account, but he swore he didn’t do it. He didn’t even know his wife came to the restaurant. It turned out that Samantha sent the message on his behalf and “fired” the waitress, claiming her behavior was rude and unprofessional.
He Was Livid
Mark was livid. He got berated by the manager after he found out, and he begged and explained that it was a mistake and a misunderstanding. He was able to give an alibi as to when this message was sent, and thankfully, the manager was patient and gracious.
He Confronted Her
Mark got home and confronted Samantha. She confirmed everything, even the message. Mark blew up and told her that she almost cost him his entire job with her unacceptable behavior. He reminded her that he was not the manager, and she needed to stop using that as an excuse to behave like this. Samantha started crying after Mark told her to apologize to the waitress, and then she packed her stuff and left.
The In-laws Weren’t Happy
Mark was so angry that he smoked a cigarette, even though he had been trying to quit. Samantha’s parents, Mark’s in-laws, called demanding to know what their daughter did other than be excited about Mark’s new position. They insisted that Mark mishandled the argument and that he was wrong to cause their daughter to cry when all she had ever been was supportive and encouraging.
Straight to the Internet
Mark was frustrated with their response and stopped talking to them. So annoyed by the situation, Mark decided to ask a popular online forum for advice.
The Internet Responds
One person says, “You do not, repeat, DO NOT, owe her an apology for her behavior. Do not support bad behavior by taking on the role of the culprit. I really hope time cools things off, and you all can talk about this with cool heads, but to be expected to apologize for her bad behavior is absolutely insane. I wonder if she felt entitled to behave as such because she’s been pampered her entire life by your in-laws. While it is understandable that she would be upset by the deserved “scolding”, I think the in-laws are sending her the wrong message with their support, that her behavior is okay.”
Another Person Comments
Another commenter writes, “And your in-laws are dictating conflicts in your marriage because…? Just tell them what you expect and block them. They shouldn’t control your response in a marital conflict, your wife needs to handle it herself.”
A Final Comment
A third person says, “Your wife has a lot of problems. You might want to remind her that she needs to handle her own problems, without her parents refereeing. Why are you even entertaining her parent’s opinions? I think you guys need counseling.”
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