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    Burning To Try

    | Denver, CO, USA | Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink

    (My boss is known for being extremely difficult. This particular morning she is explaining how the breakfast buffet works even though I have been in catering for ten years and worked at this venue for three months.)

    Boss: “The scrambled eggs need to be replaced every 45 minutes or they will dry out.”

    Me: “Okay, I can handle that. I have made my fair share of scrambled eggs.”

    Boss: “No, you can’t touch them; there is a certain technique. You get one of the chefs or wait until one is available.”

    (As she walks away one of my coworkers bursts out laughing.)

    Coworker: “Yeah, the technique is don’t let them burn. That’s it.”

    (Now every time I do anything extremely simple my coworker yells at me about my technique which has gotten us some very strange looks as we collapse into giggles.)

    What An Alco-Hole

    | Port Townsend, WA, USA | Employees, Family & Kids, Food & Drink

    (I’m only a witness to this encounter. While checking out at a self check out, another pair of customers is using the one to the side of me. They are obviously father and daughter, she looks very young. The father is buying a six pack of beer.)

    Employee: “Sir, I don’t need to see your ID but I do need to see hers.”

    Customer: “She’s my 10 year old daughter!”

    Employee: “You can’t buy alcohol for a minor!”

    Customer: “I’m not buying it for a minor; I’m buying it for myself. She’s 10 years old and my kid. Are you serious right now?”

    Employee: “Sir, I cannot let you buy this alcohol for your daughter. She’s under-age.”

    Customer: “Are you even listening? I am buying it for ME, not my 10-year-old daughter. What kind of person do you think I am?”

    Employee: “I need to call my manager to figure out what to do here.”

    (Several minutes later, the customer is fuming, and the manager turns up. At this point, I am just watching curiously.)

    Manager: “What seems to be the problem?”

    Customer: “Your employee here refused to sell me alcohol and accused me of trying to buy it for my daughter!”

    Employee: “No, he said it was for her!”

    Me: “What? No, you said that you didn’t need to see his ID but that you did need to see hers. When he responded that she was his 10-year-old daughter, you said you couldn’t sell it to him. He has repeatedly told you that the alcohol was for himself, not her.”

    Manager: “Really, [Employee], this is the third time we have gotten similar complaints. People are more than allowed to buy alcohol in the presence of their kids.”

    (The employee and manager then argued for several minutes about what was and wasn’t allowed. I haven’t seen the employee in there since.)

    Bin There, Ate That

    | Australia | Bizarre/Silly, Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink

    (I have just finished clearing a table after a group of customers have left. While emptying the leftovers into the bin the manager comes up to see what I am doing.)

    Manager: “They didn’t even touch half the food on their plates!”

    Me: “I don’t think they realized how big our serves are.”

    (The manager then takes out several food items that I have just put in the bin and starts eating them.)

    Manager: *realises that I, and several coworkers, are looking at him in disgust* “What?! It’s still good!”

    Never Too Chicken To Feed The Rebellion

    | MA, USA | Awesome Workers, Family & Kids, Food & Drink

    (My mother and sisters and I have gone to a popular amusement park in the area, and have not eaten dinner yet. It is 9:30 at night, and we’re starving now that we’re not on any rides. We pull up to the drive through for Popular Chicken Restaurant, which is combined with Taco Restaurant.)

    Speaker: “Hi, welcome to [Taco Restaurant]! [Popular Chicken Restaurant] is currently closed”

    Mother: “Oh… sorry, we only wanted [Popular Chicken Restaurant].”

    Speaker: “I’m sorry, ma’am, [Popular Chicken Restaurant] closes at nine.”

    Mother: “Oh, that’s all right. Have a good night.”

    (We start to leave, and pass by the window as we go. Just as we’re passing it, suddenly we hear a man shout.)

    Man: “Hey! Wait!”

    (My mother pulls up to the window.)

    Mother: “Yes?”

    Man: “[Popular Chicken Restaurant] is closed, but we do still have a bucket of some leftover chicken if you’d like”

    Mother: “How do I pay?”

    Man: “There’s no need. It’s leftovers and we’re going to get rid of it anyway.”

    Mother: “Thank you so much!”

    Man: “No problem.”

    (The workers gave us a whole container of chicken and ended up giving us another container filled with biscuits and grilled chicken.)

    Man: “I have five daughters at home, and they always ask me after work if I can bring chicken home. I understand how it’s like to feed a hungry family.”

    Mother: “Thank you so much. We just came from [Popular Amusement Park], and haven’t eaten dinner.”

    Man: “Well, no wonder they’re so hungry. They might rebel for food.”

    (Just before we leave, my mother rolls down the middle window of the van so we can thank the man. We all wave, and I can’t help but add this last thing.)

    Me: *waves happily from the back seat* “Thank you for feeding the rebellion!”

    Man: “No problem. Come back again any time!” *waves back*

    (My family appreciated this man’s kindness gratefully. I’ve always read things like this before, but to experience it myself is truly the greatest feeling. I will never forget this moment.)

    Try To Ketchup When You’re Walkie-ing

    | PA, USA | Employees, Food & Drink

    (I work at a fairly popular freshwater diving facility situated in a flooded quarry. I recently asked my friend to get me a cheeseburger since he was going to the snack stand on the other side of the park anyway. We use walkie-talkies to communicate, and they are all on the same channel.)

    Coworker: *over walkie* “[My Name], come in. [My Name].”

    Me: *thinking he had an issue on the way there I need to help with* “This is [My Name]. What do you need?”

    Coworker: “Do you… uh… do you want ketchup on your burger?”

    (I pause for a good 10 seconds because I’m aware that every employee in the park, including all three of my managers, as well as the company owner, can probably hear this.)

    Me: *awkwardly* “Uh… yeah sure. Just a bit.”

    (Suddenly, one of my managers cuts in. Thankfully he’s pretty laid back.)

    Manager: “…Are you two seriously coordinating food orders over your walkies?”

    Coworker: “Well, I’m not going to walk all the way back to talk to [My Name]. It’s hot out.”

    Manager: “Eh, fair enough. I’m at the changing rooms. Can you bring me a soda on your way back? I’m thirsty.”


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