Irene lasted eight days at the Wayside Tavern.
On the 9th day she worked the lunchtime shift, (2 hours) and just before she was due to start the evening meal shift, telephoned to say that she had met someone, & would be having the night off to go out to dinner & drinks, however she would be "back to work" the following day.
The next day Irene showed up ahead of time.
However, it is impossible to be ahead of time when one no longer has a job.
Mine Host advised Irene to immediately vacate her room in the staff quarters.
A firm policy at the Wayside Tavern:
You don't turn up for work = You won't be turning up for staff perks either.
Irene had already been occupying her staff quarters for 24 hours longer than she had been staff.
Irene burst into a tirade about how "hard she has worked for this pub" and how Mine Host had "no right" to sack her, etc etc.
Not turning up for work is the opposite of hard work.
Other staff (ones who actually do work hard) having to do even more on a Saturday night to cover for you, is the opposite of you being hard working.
Later that night Irene's act of petty rebellion was to deliberately breach almost every rule of the boarding house.
The following morning was to be the enforced eviction. However during the night Irene had decided against confrontation, had cleaned out her room, and "gone".
Her pay owing was just enough to cover her room at commercial hotel rates for two days. Due to the clean room she recieved all of her bond back.
Since then Irene has held jobs at several other places in town. The eight days at the Wayside Tavern is the longest she has held down a job.