Fast Food Workers: Love ’em or Hate ’em

,In the past few years there has been a lot of controversy about how much money fast food workers should make. I feel like people have some very strong opinions about how much money these guys make. “The guy shouldn’t make $15 an hour flipping burgers,” or “we’re paying them that anyway in food stamps and welfare.” That’s not to say that everyone who works in fast food deserves $15 an hour or that everyone in fast food is on welfare. Merely just an observation about people caring too much about stupid shit.

I made $6 an hour when I got my first job at a deli and a lot of people use this logic to say that people don’t deserve this pay. When I was getting paid this wage, I had my parents who were really paying for my things. They just wanted me to learn the value of money. I wasn’t trying to take care of myself on this salary. So, if you’re asking me if I think fast food workers  deserve that money…I’d have to say yes. Fuck the guy that’s charging me $12 for a big mac at the airport. The company shouldn’t get to rape us and the people who work for them.
But that’s not really what I want to discuss today. Fast food workers can make or break your day. I don’t often have fast food, but I do stop at a Starbucks once in a while. A few too many drinks and I end up at a Taco Bell for my fourth meal. Maybe a rough night lands me at a McDonalds in the AM. My boss might take me to a Subway for lunch one day (yes, I am going to label Subway as fast food). In these instances I don’t want my food to be messed up and I don’t want to wait a long time. I hope the higher rate of pay makes people care more about their job and, therefore, care more about me. That is not always the case though. There are just some people who are morons. It’s not always the worker’s fault either. We have to discuss both the moron working and the possible morons ordering food.

First off, any morning can be ruined at a Dunkin’ Donuts. There are more than one way that they have destroyed many people’s mornings. Sometimes it seems as though they are trying to move so ‘fast’ that they ruin everything. They get coffee all over the lid, all over the napkins, they don’t put the cover all the way on the cup so you spill it all over your car, or the “egg sandwich” they give you is so fucking mismatched its like a two year old was trying to make a god damn play-doh meal. When I used to go to work with my dad we would stop at a Dunkin’ Donuts and one time his coffee was completely watered down. I remember he actually called the fuckers to say “what the fuck.” That’s right around the time he switched to 7/11 coffee.

Second, is the late night foods. How many times have you gone to a Taco Bell and it was almost as if they didn’t even listen to your order? They just put together their own assortment of foods. These tasks aren’t difficult so I understand when it pisses people off.

Finally, let’s talk about the idiots who go to fast food restaurants. Imagine being the guy who works a late night shift at Taco Bell and has to deal with your drunk ass. Someone’s mother who works in the Penn Station Mickey D’s after 12 AM getting yelled at by the privileged of Long Island. You think she wants that job? Like she enjoys customer service or something. No, you are part of the problem. Treating fast food workers like shit makes the service shit. People will not care about their jobs if people make them feel worthless.

You know what bothers me even more than that though? The person who goes into a fast food restaurant and has to ask questions or modify menu items. I went to a Subway with someone recently who had way too many questions. These are the types of place where you should know what you want. This person asked the guy what he thinks of the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sandwich. He responded, “Uh, well it’s been on the menu for like ten years, so I guess people like it.” Then she asked, “what’s on it?” He said, “Uh, sweet onion and chicken teriyaki. Whatever else you want, I guess, have you never been here?” He was so confused he didn’t even know what to say. If you’re at a fast food restaurant don’t ask the guy what’s on something while your online. Don’t even get on the line unless you know you’re ready.

Fast food workers shouldn’t have to answer your questions. It’s supposed to be fast food. Not food at whatever pace you like that day. If you don’t want mayonnaise, that’s one thing. Don’t sit at a BK Lounge and create your own burger. If you don’t like what they have then go to a different restaurant. Go home and make your own food.

There is only so much shit people will put up with before they spit in your food. So, people don’t fuck it up for the rest of the us. Unless someone is really screwing you, don’t fuck with fast food workers. They are the “waking you up with Folgers in your cup.” They can make or break your morning. If you’re ordering a breakfast burrito from T-bell prior to 8 AM and they screw it up, I think we all know who has the bigger problem. It ain’t the guy putting eggs and taco beef in a burrito, it’s the idiot stuffing it down his throat.

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