Problems with my summer job

I live in a city and I love it. I don’t know why I decided to work in a hotel in the countryside in the summer. When I was little I loved the countryside and I still do, but working here every day is not fun to say the least. I chose this job mostly because my parents pressured me into it. Their reason was that it is well payed and it’s hard to find a summer job that’s this well payed. Yes it is true, this job is quite well payed,  but a big part of the money is tips that foreign costumers give us. This job is kind of a hotel job but it’s smaller and more personal than in big hotels. There are usually only 7-10 costumers at a time staying here. My job involves pretty much everything that has to do with service (cleaning and serving food), but also other things that need to be done and make me very tired during the day. Most of the foreign costumers that come here are very rich. I have no ability to even imagine how rich some of them are. This is my second summer here. Last year I swore to myself I wouldn’t do it again but here I am. And now I have promised myself not to come here next year again. I will not let my parents decide this.

Why do I hate this so much? There are many reasons but the biggest one is probably the fact that I am stuck here all summer. I don’t have a car so I can’t go anywhere. I am literally stuck here. And this is no town or anything like that. It’s only this ,,hotel’’ in the middle of nowhere. Nothing to do and nowhere to go. I can’t express how draining it is for me to be stuck here, because I am so used to living in the city. I just really want to go home. Every day I wake up and just think about how much I want to go home. I also feel like I am always at work, and I do feel like I’m doing more work than what’s allowed, but I won’t talk about that for now. I’m also very tired of serving. Just always being under that pressure of placing other rich, snobbed people as a priority. It just makes me sick and tired.

I would say I have two bosses. One actual boss and one who is also working the same job as me but she’s been here so long that she is pretty much my boss too. My real boss is hard to describe. He is in his late 60’s and let me just say I don’t like him very much. He is just very old fashioned and we all kind of laugh at how weird he is. It’s very stressful to have him around because he is always finding new stuff that needs to be done and he judges you a lot. Just not a very relaxing person to be around.

Anyways, about the other ’‘boss’’. Let’s just call her Lily. When I first started I was very open and thought she was nice. She had to teach me everything I needed to know for this job which must have been very tiering for her. She is 8 years older than me (I am almost 20) so there is kind of a big age difference. She does not come across as a nice or a warm person. I’m just gonna be frank here, she isn’t nice. Now I’m not saying she’s a bad person or anything and in some cases she is nice, but overall it seems like she is bitter and doesn’t feel like being nice. It’s like she doesn’t want to be my friend. This is her sixth year here so she is very experienced and everyone working here looks at her as the head girl. I feel like she thinks she is better than me and more of a grown-up because she is 27 and she makes me feel like I am not as smart as her because I am younger. Honestly, I feel like she is bitter over being so ‘‘old for this job’’ .

The whole time I’ve been here I’ve been trying to be friends with her. I am always nice to her and I’ve tried to make some jokes with her but she doesn’t seem to get my humor. I’m sorry but I don’t really want to waste my time with people who don’t like or get my humor. I don’t like people who dislike my humor (there aren’t many who dislike it because it is awesome). So I’ve gotten kinda tired of trying to be friends with her because she just gives me no chance. That is what I felt in the beginning and still feel, like she already decided she didn’t like me because I’m younger and not her friend. I strongly sense that she doesn’t really like me and that pisses me off. There is no reason not to like me. I’m always nice to her. Anyways, I want to tell you about something that happened recently. So the other day we were talking and it had actually been a good day. We were just having kind of a good time, laughing and chatting. That day I actually thought ,, hey she might be a little nice after all’’. But noo! Three days before this happened we had changed the sheets on the guests’ beds even though they weren’t leaving because apparently that is a rule. We are supposed to change the sheets every three days if the guests are staying more then three days. I am a very environmental person and I care a lot about the environment. This day we were supposed to change the sheets again so I said ,,this is a pretty stupid rule, it’s a waste of our time and it is bad for the environment. It’s not like the sheets get very dirty in three days!’’ And I said this in a really nice tone. This is what she said (in a mean and bossy tone); ’’you have nothing to say about that! Those are the rules because these men are paying a lot for being here. You have no control over this. You can just go somewhere else, in a cheap hotel, if you want!’’ And at that moment I instantly disliked her again. All those previous thoughts about how I thought she was nice disappeared and I scolded myself for even thinking that. I just had this feeling of dislike and I all of a sudden couldn’t wait for her to leave (she was leaving the next day and another girl was coming, to switch things up). She could have just nicely told me that those were the rules because these costumers are paying a lot, but instead she just decides to be mean. (She thinks that she is an environmental person because she doesn’t want the guests to have butter in little plastic containers, but that is obviously just fake caring, since she didn’t get my point in this matter). This just made me mad because she made it seem like I was complaining, when she knows I was only saying it isn’t a smart rule. I am mad at myself for not daring to stand up to myself and explain my reasons. I wish I had had the guts to fight back, but instead I just said ‘‘yes’’ and let her walk over me. She left today and didn’t even have the courtesy to say goodbye to me. Just rude.

I am the kind of a person who gives everyone a chance. Even if people don’t seem nice in the beginning I don’t judge them too fast and I try to put myself in other people’s shoes. But Lily has just ruined all her chances. No more chances for her. She just isn’t nice and there is nothing I can do. So next time she comes, I’m not going to let her negative energy bother me and just do my job.

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