Lunch Breaks Are Sadly No Longer Considered Essential

, , , , | Right | May 16, 2020

My mom’s friend’s daughter works at a regional hamburger and ice cream chain store that also has a small retail area that sells basic groceries. This chain does not have a break room for the employees, so they are expected to eat on their breaks in the main dining room.

During the recent outbreak, the dining room is closed, but the drive-thru and the grocery section are still open. A customer comes in and sees her eating in the dining room.

Customer: “I thought the dining room was closed! Why is she in there?!”

Manager: “She works here. She’s just taking a break.”

The customer then threw a fit and called the county health agency. She made such a stink that the managers from then on were forced to make the employees take their lunch break in their cars.

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