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    Why Nurses Should Rule The World, Part 3

    , | AB, Canada | Awesome Workers, Bad Behavior, Top

    (I arrive at work an hour and a half early because I forgot what time I started. I decide to sit in the lobby and have lunch before my shift. I notice that the trash can is in dire need of being emptied and that the front counter is busier than usual. I start to tie the bag up, when a customer screeches at me.)

    Customer:What do you think you’re doing?”

    Me: “Just changing the garbage, ma’am. It was full to overflowing and it was too busy for someone to leave their post and do it.”

    Customer: “You don’t have to do that young man! You’re not one of these dropouts that lives in their parent’s basements who can’t do anything better with their lives! What are you taking?”

    Me: “I’m planning on becoming an licensed practical nurse. But, ma’am, I don’t just go to school. I work to pay my bills. As a matter of fact, I live in a condo my mother owns. She does not live with me, and I pay rent to her. I pay for my electricity, my internet, and my heating. How do I earn the money for this you ask?”

    (At this point I remove my hat from my bag, put it on and remove my coat, revealing that I am dressed in my work uniform.)

    Me: “I work here, taking whatever hours I can get. A student without anything on their resume will take any job they can. ”

    (I point to one of my coworkers who is mopping the floors at the back of the store.)

    Me: “She’s a neuroscience student. Just like me she has bills to pay. Please remember in the future that people who work in fast food are not always drop outs, but more often than not students trying to fund their education. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take out this trash, unless you would like me to help extract your foot from your mouth first.”

    (Flustered and obviously embarrassed, the customer leaves the store in a hurry. My manager, who is also a classmate of mine, speaks with me once I return from the dumpsters.)

    Manager: “Technically, you could be fired for badmouthing a customer while on the job like that.”

    Me: “Technically, I’m not working right now! I haven’t clocked in, and my shift’s not for another half hour.”

    Manager: “Well then, brave citizen, how does free apple pie sound?”

    (I accepted, of course. You just don’t say no to free pie!)

    Related:
    Why Nurses Should Rule The World, Part 2