Michael Randall will turn 52 next week on September 19th. He works at 3Sixty Restaurant and has by far, the most difficult and stressful job in the entire Food & Beverage industry. Yes folks, he is the restaurant's dishwasher. As many of you know, a dishwasher's shift can be a nightmare. Typically 8-10 hours on your feet, scraping food residue and particles in trash bins and rinsing filth down the drain. Dirty dishes are constantly brought to your dish area in a seemingly unending game of washing. The smell can be overwhelming at times, and servers (waitstaff) can be rude and insensitive without even knowing that they are. I could go on and on about how difficult this job can be. Surprisingly enough, in a fine dining restaurant, the dishwasher is the 2nd most important person on the team next to the Executive Chef. On a busy Friday or Saturday night, a dishwasher who walks out on a shift or fails to work up to speed could literally bring business to a hault. I've seen it happen several times in my career in the service industry. Without clean flatware and wine glasses, chaos ensues and guests get angry! Mr. Michael Randall has worked almost every night for the past six months cleaning and washing dishes and performs to a high standard daily. He is always upbeat and cheerful. I will admit, he has brought tears to my eyes more than once because just as I was sad over something personal or petty, I watched this man being thankful and cheerful. When I've pulled him to the side to ask him why he is so happy, he just smiles and tells me it's because he HAS A JOB, and the Chef and staff treat him good. He has shared pictures of his kids, grandkids, and his dog with me. He is proud of them, which is very evident in his words.
I overheard a co-worker talking to him the other day as I was leaving for the night and heard the word "eviction" being spoken. This really bothered me and hurt my heart. I just left my day job and came to the restaurant on my "night off" so I could talk to him for a few minutes to see what was going on. He is just going through some rough waters right now. He doesn't drink or do drugs, just has an atypical bunch of extraneous circumstances that are plaguing him and his situation right now. He deserves some help. Trust me, if I could, I'd do more.
He gets a meal from the restaurant at night and he usually eats half at night and half the next day in order to make ends meet. His phone is off because in doing his budget, the $65 dollars to keep it on a month was considered "extra" right now. He shared ALL of his expenses with me, and believe me, he has nothing out of the ordinary or extravagant; Unless you want to consider denture glue as a luxury.
He wanted me to go tour the homeless shelter with him to see if that might be an option, but I wouldn't want that for him. He is close to making it over the hump, and I'm hoping some friends might be able to assist.
I'm waiting tables this week, and was able to make a nice donation to his cause, and another co-worker helped with some of his vehicle expenses/tag, but I'm hoping to help him get a month ahead so he can breathe a bit easier for a change!
Thank you for taking a few minutes to read this, and know that a collective caucus of Facebook Peeps can make a difference! For what you might spend on a few soft drinks, you could radically help a good soul.
On behalf of everyone who works with Mr. Randall, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
I will present the donations to Mr. Randall on his birthday and record his reaction! Thank you in advance to those of you who can help!!
Whether it's $5.00 or $20.00, every donation is GREATLY appreciated!!!
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