There was an urgent tone to Pat's voice as she called my name. I had been been absorbed in payroll reports, thinking this was the most totally inefficient way to spend the morning. I was so wrong.
The prerinse sprayer had sprung a leak. A BIG leak. Think "shower head gone wild."
I knew I had to do something, but today is payday and the end of January when W2's are due, and I had to finish my reports first. Number one rule of employers everywhere: Never delay the paychecks. So I said to turn off the water to the sprayer until I could give the situation my full attention.
Unfortunately, the sprayer is attached to the rest of the sink, so that meant (temporarily) no dish washing -- which wasn't really a problem for anyone but me. "Don't forget to tell Ben not to use the sink if he comes in before I'm done here."
Ben comes in while Pat and I are both busy with customers. He sees the mess and goes straight to the sink. Sink gone wild all over again. We have an open kitchen which means everyone inside the bakery is at risk. Luckily the water did not go so far as to hit the customers before he turned it off.
The fix was rather easy. We are fortunate to have the only restaurant supply store in West Alabama within a mile of the bakery. and while they didn't have the part in stock, they did take apart an entire new (in the box) prerinse unit and sold me the part I needed. Across the street to the hardware store and an 11-cent washer and we were back in business in less than 20 minutes. I even replaced the sprayer head.
Now if only the payroll reports were that easy.