The Gloves Are Off

| KY, USA | Coworkers, Lazy/Unhelpful

(I’ve worked at a popular fast food restaurant for almost three years and I’ve seen a lot of employees come and go. During my first few months, I got to work with this gem of a coworker. The oven is beeping loudly.)

Coworker: *pulling pies out of the oven* “Ouch!”

Manager: “What just happened? Are you okay?”

Coworker: “Yeah, it’s just these gloves don’t work! I got burned pulling the pies.”

Manager: “Gloves? You mean the oven mitts?”

Coworker: “No! The ones on the platform over there!”

(She points to the kitchen platform where we stock latex-free plastic gloves for sanitation purposes while making food on the line.)

Manager: *face-palm*

(And on another occasion when she is taking cash for the drive-thru window…)

Coworker: *turns to shout to the front* “Can someone come and take over for me?”

Manager: “No, why?”

Coworker: “This is too fast for me!”

Me: *to another worker* “There’s a reason we call it fast food…”


Glossy Kiss And Make-Up

| KY, USA | Coworkers, Health & Body

(It’s a slow day and most of our cleaning and stocking chores are done so we’re all talking while we have some down time. One of our coworkers pulls out a tube of lip gloss and begins applying it in the middle of the floor despite already wearing heavy makeup.)

Coworker #1: “What are you doing?”

Coworker #2: “I’m putting on lip gloss, duh.”

Coworker #1: “But why? We’re at work. Since when do we need to wear makeup?”

Coworker #2: “Well, I happen to work around people all day and I’m sure the customers feel better when I wear makeup.”

Me: “You know, our dress code actually states that heavy makeup is prohibited and that the most we should be wearing is a foundation with very small amounts of eyeliner or mascara.”

Coworker #2: “Well, I need to wear this makeup. I’ve gotten a bunch of compliments on it.” *flounces off*

Coworker #1: *to me* “A customer told me she looked like a gothic whore so I don’t think it’s working out for her.”


Gluten Intolerance Versus Gluten Ignorance, Part 2

| NY, USA | Bad Behavior, Employees, Food & Drink, Health & Body

(I always ask for no onions on my burger, but they always put onions on my burger every time, almost like they are doing it on purpose. Today I try something new.)

Me: “I would like a burger with no onions.”

Cashier: “Why not?”

Me: “I’m gluten free.” *I am not gluten intolerant*

Cashier: “Oh, I’m sorry, I’ll make sure you don’t get any onions.”

(I don’t think I was totally in the right, but they made my burger correctly!)

Gluten Intolerance Versus Gluten Ignorance


Not How Diabetes Works But Okay

, | MI, USA | Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink, Health & Body

(I’ve been working at a fast food restaurant for a month and a half at this point, but I have yet to learn everything. I’m making an iced coffee with flavoring when one of the managers comes over to the drink station with an order of her own.)

Manager: “That’s a lot of stuff in there. What did you put in?”

Me: “Cream, flavoring, and liquid sugar. Why?”

Manager: “Oh God, dump that out. You only put the liquid sugar in if there’s no flavoring.”

Me: “Oh, okay.”

(I dump out the concoction and start doing it correctly while my manager works on her drink.)

Manager: “That was going to have too much sugar. That was practically diabetes waiting to happen.”

Me: *without hesitation* “Like the rest of our food?”

Manager: “…Touché.”


Take A Swig Of Swine

| San Antonio, TX, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Workers, Food & Drink

(It’s the late 90s and there is a popular new sandwich. We are going through the drive-thru to get dinner, it was very late…)

Worker: “Welcome to [Fast Food Place]. What can I get you?”

Husband: “I’d like a [Popular New Sandwich] with bacon to drink.”

Worker: *without missing a beat* “Sir, we here at [Fast Food Place] can do many things, but we cannot give you bacon to drink.”

(I wish you could tip fast food workers!)