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    Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Good News:

    For those of you who may recall:
    I had a huge fight with the restaurant I dance at, with the owner, about issues of pay, and waiting around.

    LONG story short,
    I'm head dancer at said restaurant. Lots of complaints from dancers and myself with the
    "I'll pay you next time"
    "Just wait another hour"
    I tried talking to them, reasoning, sitting down with meetings, nothing worked, it was always,
    "Yeah, yeah, whatever"

    I PUT MY FOOT down right before Christmas and QUIT because I gave them one more chance to pay when they were supposed to and they didn't.

    The other dancers on the schedule BACKED ME UP and were going to quit too unless we got paid when we danced and we didn't sit and wait around.

    The restaurant sat and stewed for a couple of days with no dancer, leaving me many voicemails to come back.

    Called back a few days later, sorted things out, and guess what?

    We get paid with NO PROBLEMS when we are there,
    We Do Not Wait Around any more.......

    Moral of the Story:
    Putting your foot down and
    HAVING THE OTHER DANCERS on the schedule support you works.


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    WAHOO! Good for you!!! It's good to see that when the community stands together, things get accomplished! Way to go!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by zahena View Post
    WAHOO! Good for you!!! It's good to see that when the community stands together, things get accomplished! Way to go!
    That is they key, the community has to stand together.
    If other dancers ran in during that weekend, we would have been all out of a job for good and nothing would have changted.


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Congratulations Maria! Both for the win of standing up for your rights and for the solidarity you were given to make it happen. Kudos to you and your "posse"! (Is that how you spell it?)


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    That is awesome. I keep thinking of a gang of kohl-eyed, bejewelled, chiffoned ladies in a standoff with the restaurant owner, waving their sagat menacingly: "You want a piece of this?!!!"


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Congratulations to you AND your community, Maria!!!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Yea i am glad it worked for you. good to see the girls working together .


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Wonderful! Standing together is what its all about! I know from first hand experience what happens when dancers DON'T stand together.

    YAY!!!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    WHOO-HOOO!! I love stories with happy endings!! Way to stick together!!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Awesome job Maria! Yay Boulder Belly Dancers!! Sticking together is a GOOD thing. :)


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    This is wonderful to hear!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by CFerhat View Post
    That is awesome. I keep thinking of a gang of kohl-eyed, bejewelled, chiffoned ladies in a standoff with the restaurant owner, waving their sagat menacingly: "You want a piece of this?!!!"
    I love this visual, Cferhat! ..l;,

    Maria "BD Norma Rae" & "Bellydancer Coalition/Union", I salute you!!! This is absolutely FANTASTIC news! Bravo on your united front & Congrats on "The Win"! Score for the Bellydancers!!!


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    Yay, Maria!


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    Woo hoo!!!!!

    I love good news. :)


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Maria, You're my hero! Great job!!!!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    That's great news Maria!! Congrats to all of you!!!


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    Maria, congratulations for taking the risk, and for achieving success!

    I'll bet part of the reason for your success is that you have been selective over the years with respect to which dancers you recruit and keep on the schedule. Ie, you've chosen dancers with enough intelligence to understand the need for solidarity, and enough maturity to see that standing with the group would benefit them more than trying to push an individual agenda.


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Right on!


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    Yay, Maria and Boulder dancers!

    I'm so glad this worked out. I know it was hard for you to quit... but it was obviously the right thing to do!

    Latifa


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Very inspiring!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    YAY Maria!!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Good to hear this, Maria! I second what Shira said. So, were you nervous in the meantime? Or just ticked? ;)


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Outstanding. :0)


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Congrats Maria!!! Way to go!!!!!!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Congrats Maria!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Very well done dear. Glad you stuck to your guns.


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Solidarity forever!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Congratulations, that's wonderful news!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    Brass Cymbals Award!


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    Re: Took a Stand at restaurant, AND IT WORKED!!!!!

    You know, I was going to write you before ...when you quit...because you did the right thing! I am so glad it worked out! It is refreshing to hear that the other dancers backed you up....sometimes you here that "we all stick together" and then they don't follow through when it gets down to it! I have quit over such issues before...stood up for myself and always will....I never had much "back up" from ANY other dancers....so sad! BUT YAY..for you and all of the dancers that were there for you!


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