Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fast Food Woes

This economy has made jobs hard to come by, let alone good jobs. That, coupled with living in a small town with very few options to choose from, has led me to accepting a job I normally wouldn't consider.

I have been working at a fast food job for the last few months. I won't say where, but it is a popular non-burger place.

I never considered myself "too good" to work in food service, but it isn't job I would have chosen for myself... The fast pace, the rude customers, hateful managers, hard work for low pay. It just wasn't something I ever wanted to do; but these days a job is better than no job, and money is money, I guess.

Many people think those who work in food service are uneducated losers with no futures. That isn't true. I'm a college student and am almost finished with my degree. I'm not making food service a career. But I know people who do work in food service as their career, and I don't judge them for it.

I don't understand why so many people look down on fast food workers. You aren't better than them. We are just trying to do our jobs the best we can, as fast as we can, and with as much accuracy as possible. At the end of the day, we are just trying to earn some money, just like anyone else.

Mistakes happen, unfortunately. When they do, please just calmly let us know and we fix it. Yelling at us or insulting us is hateful and unnecessary. It isn't like we made an error on purpose. Working at this job, I have really seen how rude and childish people can be.

Thankfully, I have some coworkers who make me laugh and that helps reduce stress.

Even though I feel stressed, feel like crying, or want to snap at a customer, I still manage to be polite and give good service with a smile.

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