Tales from the bakery - war stories 2
I quit working at the bakery yesterday. Sad but true. I could not take it anymore. This is what happened :
My boss asked me to empty the dough from the mixer after bulk ferment. I had to dust flour on top of it, so I did. The head baker once told me that I also had to put on the mixer and dust some flour to the sides too in order to easily remove it without sticking. So I did. My boss freaked out. He was seriously pissed. I was stunned because of his reaction and could not say a word.
After that I kept on shaping bread while my boss was saying : "This dough is like concrete, otherwise it is not as hard, this is because of turning on the mixer." He said this like 20 times. His wife tried to calm him down but without succes and she left. After that I pushed the dough on the table in order to prevent it to slide off the side of the workbench. My boss freaked out even more. He said he did not want me to touch the dough at all. He said I could play with dough in culinary school but not at his bakery. Stunned for the second time I could not react at all and kept my mouth shut.
I had to leave right after that second incident, but I did keep working. I told the pastry chef that I could not keep on working here. I did for the rest of the day until it work was done. After changing clothes I went to the bakery store and told his wife I would stop working there, that I just could not do it anymore like this. She called her husband and I swear if he could knocked me down with his eyes he would have. He told her that he was in charge to keep the work go fast forward and left. I told him I did not know he did not wanted me to turn on the mixer but that the master baker (who was in the hospital because of his illness) had once told me to do it this way. He left again.
His wife asked to change my mind and show up Friday to give the boss a second chance. I left. That night when my wife came home I explained what happened. We argued and she told me that if I had to come home all stressed up every day that it was better to quit immediately. I drove to the bakery once again and told the boss his wife I would not show up anymore. We had a good talk and she regretted I did not try to stay and give it another try. She told me her husband is not an easy person to live/work with (I already knew that.) She told me he might call me. She asked me to rethink my decision but I asked to pay me for my work and I probably would not change my mind and wished her good luck finding someone else.
That night I sent an email to the pastry chef to chit chat a bit more about what happened. The phone rang and his wife told me he was already in bed because he had to start early working the next day. She asked me what happened and I explained. She said that her opinion is that the boss is like not normal. She said he is like impossible to work with and that me leaving proved this. She also felt bad for her husband, because he really liked working with me. So I feel a bit better about the situation, knowing my ex-boss is a difficult guy to deal with.
I wanted to share this with you guys. Any feedback is more than welcome. Thanks.
Bart - Belgium