The original owners of the diner retired. They were literally the greatest people, both very sweet, but kept the place running like a well oiled machine. They took pretty good care of us and their restaurant.
When they left, they gave the restaurant over the their nephew who at the time was a busboy/waiter, kind of standoffish, didn’t really interact with us too much, a bit lazy at times, but for the most part did his part and went home. He seemed okay. Until he got the power of being the owner.
He fired four people, including two of the four cooks, and two of the three dishwashers, literally that same day, on a Friday night just before the dinner rush, all because he ‘didn’t like their attitude.’
He refused to allow people to take vacation that they’d already requested and had confirmed by the original owners, would change the schedule randomly without telling anyone and then scream at people when they missed a shift or came in late because of it. He’d refuse to replenish the kitchen until we were literally already out of things, then take forever to put in the orders. He showed up randomly and would drink at the bar (for free of course) because he was the owner, and then bring in all his buddies to drink with him. Together they’d get way out of hand and grab at women and try to start fights.
Within the first month of him being the owner, over half the staff had quit, usually walking out literally in the middle of their shifts, after being screamed at. They’d basically throw down their aprons and tell everyone else that they were so sorry but they couldn’t do it anymore.
One night the last cook, this big dude who usually kept the kitchen laughing, started crying in the middle of his shift and dropped everything he was doing after the boss came and yelled at him for being to slow and making ‘slop’. He then walked out and the rest of us just bailed along with him.
Four months later the place was closed. His aunt and uncle were absolutely furious and devastated that he’d run the business they’d built up for over 30 years into the ground.