No Glitz And Glamour

Before I got my ever so illustrious job at KFC, I would get mega-pissed off if I had to wait longer than about thirty seconds to get my meal at a fast food restaurant. My thinking was “it’s fast food. I deserve to get it NOW”. The reality is, I have discovered however, more often than not, there is only one person making burgers during extremely busy periods, and when that person is a trainee like me, well, it gets stressful. I now spare a thought for the poor burger-maker, as they likely have numerous burgers to make, and numerous workers all wanting their burger done first. They’ve probably run out of key ingredients, and that damn microwave just won’t hurry up. There’s a fair chance you’ve asked for something toasted, which of course takes extra time, or maybe you’ve asked for a new burger that the person just can’t get right, dammit.
Let me tell you now, when you’re making the burgers, fast food can go very, very slowly.
When I tell people I work at KFC, nine times out of ten, they laugh. I know it’s not the most amazing, or glamorous job, out, but it’s teaching me skills for life. Giving me skills of appreciation. Making me realise just how lucky I am to be bright and be getting an education and have a very large chance at university and a successful career. Because, let me tell you, a lot of my co-workers aren’t as lucky in that aspect. It’s teaching me patience and how to deal in stressful situations, and honestly, who doesn’t want to know how to make a BLATZ burger?
When I go into fast food restaurants now, I spare a thought for the poor workers out the back, and realise with a new understanding just how much work ‘flipping burgers’ really is. Society might scoff at us, but honestly, I think everyone should have to work in fast food at some point. Especially if they come from a well-off family. Office jobs and mixing with the elite is all fine and dandy, but the knowledge that comes with realising that for some people, fast food is their full-time job, is something everyone should have. Even if it is just so you don’t snap at the poor server next time your meal has a delay (I totally haven’t done that before *shifty eyes*).

frangipani princess xoxo

4 thoughts on “No Glitz And Glamour

  1. I don't snap at them. I was at McDonalds the other day, and I told the guy the order was wrong and his eyes just got really wide and he was like "I'm SOOO sorry" and I said "It's okay, it wasn't your fault." And then I had to wait for a minute or so. My mom said "I would've been mad if they messed up my order" and I said "Mom, give em a break."So I know what you mean. :)xx,~Abby~

  2. completely agree. everyone should have to work a retail/fast food job where they deal with the public. honestly, people would be so much kinder to each other if this were the case. i worked at a super busy newsagency (one time kevin rudd came in; that was pretty rad) for about 2 years and it sucked away at my soul a little bit. my boss said working in retail sometimes made her lose faith in humanity. i can kind of give people the benefit of the doubt at a fast food place because they're hungry and everyone gets a little cranky when they're hungry (i worked at a fast food place for 3 years in high school). but man, the newsagency customers were the worst! being nice takes so little time and effort. i don't care how busy you are, being an asshole to me (or anybody) isn't going to make this exchange faster when i'm already going at capacity. it's how someone treats the 'little people' that shows their true character.sorry for the long ranting comment but things like this bug me. i feel sometimes that empathy, respect and just plain kindness are becoming rarer and rarer in society and it makes me sad.

  3. I totally agree with what you said. I work at a local supermarket and deal with angry customers everyday lol..:)I think it is important to work in retail during your younger years. The one thing that I do not understand is why they only have one 'trainee' making burgers during super busy times? lol xoxo

  4. People working in fast food need more respect, I don't see why it should be alright to be mean to someone just because they're working at a fast food place. (I've seen it regularly)Everyone knows if I tried to make my own twister it'd be a royal mess. I need my KFC people to make my twister 🙂

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