The other day I was working a 500 person catering job. I've always understood that in a kitchen you should pretty much shut up and do as you're told. Things move fast, and there's no time for arguing. I understand and accept that concept. To an extent. End of the day, we're breaking down. I decide to take care of the 8 chafer dishes. I have to deal with large hotel pans almost filled to the rim with very, very hot water. The room we're in doesn't have any drains or sinks. I find a big pitcher style container big enough to contain about 1/2 the water in one hotel pan, fill it up, run to the bathroom, come back, fill it up, run... etc. The sous chef sees me and tells me to take the whole hotel pan and go empty it outside in the planters. Only to go outside I would have to go through the room full of guests. Picture 500 people touching elbows, mingling, moving around half drunk, loud music. I tell him: - "Really? You want me to carry a hotel pan full of boiling water in the middle of the crowd?" He gets irritated and starts yelling at me in front of everybody: - "Yes, that's what I just told you to do!!" - "I just don't feel like it's really safe carrying a large hotel pan full of nearly boiling water through a crowd". Nevermind probably killing the poor plants in the client's planters (but I did not mention that). He yells back: - "And yet that's exactly what I told you to do!". At that point everybody was looking at me and I had enough, and I said "OK this is the stupidest idea, and I'm just not going to do it". I saw the sous walking away and I don't think he actually heard me, but I really didn't care at that point. I continued filling my container and doing my runs to the bathroom until I took care of all the chafer dishes. That night I felt really, really good about myself. I just don't believe there's anyway I could have carried that hotel pan through the room full of guests without putting the guests at a pretty high risk, and I feel like I made the right decision. I'm wondering, you who have more experience, have you ever been in that kind of situation or worse? How have you/would you react?