Actually, I don't. Presumably he's not the only person who can cook there, so why can't someone else take over for the day? He asked for his kid's FIRST Christmas off, not the next 18! Sure, being in the service industry means not getting EVERY holiday off, but it doesn't mean NEVER getting holidays off. There's usually some give-and-take. So he gets Christmas off but has to work on Other Holiday so Other Cook works on Christmas but has Other Holiday off. No big deal. Maybe Chef has to do some extra prep work Christmas Eve to make sure everything's ready to go for Christmas. OK.
Having a child does not automatically mean that everyone acquiesces to your wants wishes and desires. Maybe Other Chef just had a kid too. Then what?
And maybe another chef doesn't celebrate Christmas, and maybe another chef moonlights as a priest, and maybe another chef only works on holidays containing an "e".
Sorry to single you out iridaceae, that is not my intention, but the venom against this chef in several posts is honestly surprising me. In my experience when it comes to swapping shifts there is literally no harm in asking provided you are willing to take no for an answer. If another chef has had a baby then they say "Dude, are you kidding me? I just had a baby too! No way!" Frankly, if he had asked someone else who just had a baby I would agree that is an SS action and highly likely to lead to unpopularity in the work place.
However the story as we currently know it is 1. He ASKED for Christmas off. 2. He was fired. 3. He (very unprofessionally) hijacked the restaurant's Twitter feed to announce his departure and the reason why. I will admit that number 3 inclines me to think that the fault was probably on his side and there is undoubtedly more to the firing than meets the eye, but I think we can safely assume that he didn't ask for the next 18 Christmases off all at once.
Seriously, DH has swapped shifts to attend children's birthday parties, he has also swapped shifts for other people so they can go to a Bachelor party, or on a fishing weekend, or to a wedding, or just out drinking with their friends. As a general rule what goes around comes around and a lot of it is based on good will. So a single person may agree to work Christmas day in order to have a family man cover his New Year's Eve (or morning after
) shift. Families do not have a monopoly on wanting special times off nor is it any more entitled to ask for time off for one reason than another.