Waiter to the Rich and Shameless

Author: Paul Hartford
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692543580
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A down-and-out musician chops off his hair to become a server at the top of the Hollywood food chain, discovering a cloistered world of money, fame, bad behavior and intrigue. Waiter to the Rich and Shameless is not just a peek into the secretive inner workings of a legendary five-star restaurant; it is not just a celebrity tell-all or a scathing corporate analysis. It is a top-tier waiter's personal coming-of-age story, an intimate look into the complicated challenges of serving in the country's most elite, Hollywood-centric dining room while fighting to maintain a sense of self and purpose.

Retail Hell

Author: Freeman Hall
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1440508763
Format: PDF, Kindle
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From Act I: "I think you left these behind," I said, handing them to her. This happens all the time when women try to return bags they've used. Tampons, lipstick, coins, Tic Tacs, and condoms are the top treasures found. "Greasy" let out a sigh as if I were the problem. "I really don't see what the problem is here. It's none of your business what I keep in my handbag." It is when my commission is at stake! I'm not your Designer Handbag Rental Service! My name is not BagBorrowOrSteal.com! This is a place Freeman Hall, a twenty-year veteran "on the floor," knows well. While delivering side-splitting stories alongside brutally cynical commentary, Freeman recounts his most shocking experiences in Retail Hell. From the time he was attacked by a customer's four-year-old, who grabbed onto his leg like a poodle and wouldn't let go, to the day he found the fitting room walls covered in s**t, Freeman has seen and heard (smelled and felt) it all! Horrifying and hilarious, this behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on at the Big Fancy Stores is rollicking, ready-to-wear wisdom for readers everywhere.

Heads in Beds

Author: Jacob Tomsky
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385535643
Format: PDF, ePub
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In the tradition of Kitchen Confidential and Waiter Rant, a rollicking, eye-opening, fantastically indiscreet memoir of a life spent (and misspent) in the hotel industry. Jacob Tomsky never intended to go into the hotel business. As a new college graduate, armed only with a philosophy degree and a singular lack of career direction, he became a valet parker for a large luxury hotel in New Orleans. Yet, rising fast through the ranks, he ended up working in “hospitality” for more than a decade, doing everything from supervising the housekeeping department to manning the front desk at an upscale Manhattan hotel. He’s checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room-service meals, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your minibar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. In Heads in Beds he pulls back the curtain to expose the crazy and compelling reality of a multi-billion-dollar industry we think we know. Heads in Beds is a funny, authentic, and irreverent chronicle of the highs and lows of hotel life, told by a keenly observant insider who’s seen it all. Prepare to be amused, shocked, and amazed as he spills the unwritten code of the bellhops, the antics that go on in the valet parking garage, the housekeeping department’s dirty little secrets—not to mention the shameless activities of the guests, who are rarely on their best behavior. Prepare to be moved, too, by his candor about what it’s like to toil in a highly demanding service industry at the luxury level, where people expect to get what they pay for (and often a whole lot more). Employees are poorly paid and frequently abused by coworkers and guests alike, and maintaining a semblance of sanity is a daily challenge. Along his journey Tomsky also reveals the secrets of the industry, offering easy ways to get what you need from your hotel without any hassle. This book (and a timely proffered twenty-dollar bill) will help you score late checkouts and upgrades, get free stuff galore, and make that pay-per-view charge magically disappear. Thanks to him you’ll know how to get the very best service from any business that makes its money from putting heads in beds. Or, at the very least, you will keep the bellmen from taking your luggage into the camera-free back office and bashing it against the wall repeatedly.

The Bitchy Waiter

Author: Darron Cardosa
Publisher: Sterling
ISBN: 9781454917243
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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At some point in their lives, millions of people have waited tables. And many remain haunted by nightmare scenarios where they are the sole server in a packed restaurant. For all those disenchanted current and former food service employees, Darron Cardosa (a.k.a. the Bitchy Waiter) has your back. Since 2008 he s vented his frustrations about everything from entitled has-beens to what "really" goes on in that fancy restaurant in a popular blog. A snarky mix of Sedaris, Bourdain, Bombeck, and Mo Rocca, Cardosa distills 30 years of food service into dark, funny tales that anyone who worked in the industry will relate to."

Chore Whore

Author: Heather H. Howard
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006210960X
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I have been used, abused, lied to, and cheated on, blamed, shamed, screamed at, and ridiculed. I've been scammed and damned, had my ass kissed, my reputation dissed, and my face spat on. All in the name of working as a celebrity personal assistant . . . a CHORE WHORE! After twenty years of working thanklessly for a dozen high-powered Hollywood hotshots, Corki Brown has had enough. She's sick to death of handling elaborate extortion deals, washing groupies' dirty underwear, and having to whip up intimate dinners on no notice for spoiled stars, each with his or her own bizarre dietary demands. And now her ten-year-old son is starting to exhibit some disturbing signs of Tinseltown weirdness. It's time to get out, but escape won't be easy. . . .

Ghost Run

Author: J. L. Bourne
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501116711
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The acclaimed and eagerly anticipated fourth thriller in the zombie apocalypse series from the author of Day by Day Armageddon and Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile, for fans of the smash hit show The Walking Dead. In a desperate bid to survive as hordes of bloodthirsty undead now dominate the ravaged U.S. population, a Navy commander discovers an incredible secret about the pandemic in this fourth novel in the acclaimed Day by Day Armageddon series. Task Force Phoenix may be humanity’s final hope, and the narrator's agonizing decisions could mean living one more day—or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death. Ghost Run is a suspenseful, gripping, and intelligent thriller that will terrify die-hard horror fans and reinforce J.L. Bourne’s reputation as “the new king of hardcore zombie action” (Brad Thor, author of Act of War).

Hollywood Stories

Author: Stephen Schochet
Publisher: Hollywood Stories
ISBN: 0963897276
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Just when you thought you've heard everything about Hollywood comes a totally original new book - a special blend of biography, history and lore. Hollywood Stories is packed with wild, wonderful short tales about famous stars, movies, directors and many others who have been part of the world's most fascinating, unpredictable industry! Full of funny moments and twist endings, Hollywood Stories features an amazing, icons and will keep you totally entertained!

Flying with the Rich and Famous

Author: Patricia Reid
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692519653
Format: PDF, Docs
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For the first time EVER, come aboard a private jet with the flight attendant and see what it's like to fly around the world with the rich and famous! A never-been-done-before tell-all about life on the road with me: your private flight attendant.I've been a corporate flight attendant for over 25 years. I began my dream of becoming a "stewardess" and ended up on private jets - flying all kinds of celebrities and well known persons of interest. My stories are all real, true and hilarious.They are lighthearted, fun, and will leave you curious for more. This book is a People Magazine on steroids! What current mega million film star won't eat brown M&M's? Who had the most fabulous jewels and furs? Who was the funniest actress, yet was the banned from the airlines? Who pulled out his "you know what" and bragged about it? What are the diva singers like? The rock stars, the famous football players, the Broadway stars, the mega billionaires, the famous authors, the wealthy politicians, the well known actresses? Come on board with me and find out! I'll tell you what a private jet is really like and all the tremendous perks I received from my fascinating passengers. All the amazing luxurious and opulent hotels and resorts I ended up in and the worst I came upon. The ups and downs of life on the road, all while flying the rich and famous - your opportunity to go where only the flight attendant has been before...

The Perfect Mix

Author: Helen Rothberg, PhD
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501127845
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In the tradition of the popular business classics Leadership Is an Art and What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School, Dr. Helen Rothberg, a sought-after consultant to CEOs and entrepreneurs, reveals memorable insights about leadership developed while she worked as a bartender and restaurant manager. Good managers and good leaders are not always the same. Dr. Helen Rothberg trains leaders, from Fortune 500 executives to startup entrepreneurs, with her particular brand of ADVICE—Action, Determination, Vision, Integrity, Communication, Empathy. Based on the management and life lessons she learned from working as a bartender while getting graduate business and behavioral science degrees, each aspect of ADVICE helps leaders hone their vision—of themselves and their business. You will explore who you are and who you need to become, analyze what has worked in the past and what might work better in the future, and realize ways to continually adapt—with courage and grace—to the unpredictable, uncertain business environment. Through the book’s colorful stories of barroom brawls and boardroom bravado, competition and cooperation, conflict and other challenges, you’ll conceive of new ways to develop working relationships with colleagues and customers; keep things running smoothly; and manage infuriating, delightful, and sometimes dangerous clients as well as temperamental and talented employees, and owners or bosses with brilliant ideas who may not communicate well. Leading an organization is knowing when to stir or shake things up, blend or serve neat, and Dr. Rothberg finishes each chapter with the recipe for a creative cocktail that embodies a lesson, to mix perfectly, contemplate, and savor.

Malibu Nanny

Author: Pam Behan
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780989033114
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Malibu Nanny: Adventures of the Former Kardashian Nanny takes you on the real escapades of a small-town girl who becomes enthralled with Hollywood. Pam Behan was one of the original Beverly Hills nannies. She meets many famous celebrities, and even dates Sylvester Stallone at the height of his Rocky and Rambo fame. After three years of caring for Bruce's sons, Brandon and Brody Jenner (The Hills), Pam becomes the nanny to the Kardashian kids - Kourtney (then 12), Kim (then 10), Khloe (then 6), and Robert (then 4) - on the very day Bruce and Kris are married. From lavish vacations in Mexico, to hilarious stories about their daily lives, Pam doesn't hold back and gives readers insight into the trials and tribulations of a Hollywood nanny, and life inside the Jenner and Kardashian homes before they became household names. Read how Pam's desire for adventure eventually takes her from the glamour of Malibu to culture shock in Tennessee, ultimately leading her back home to a simple life in the Midwest, and the greatest adventure of all - motherhood.