The Break That Broke Them

, , , , , , | Working | March 22, 2018

(I decide that it would be a good idea to go get a meal at two am.)

Employee: “Thank you for choosing [Fast Food Place]. How can I help you?”

Me: “Can I get a cheeseburger, onion rings, and some chicken fries, please?”

Employee: “Certainly! That’ll be [total], please.”

(I make it a point to be polite at all times at any fast food store, but when it’s two am, I try to be even more pleasant. I usually strike up small talk, but I get into an interesting conversation.)

Me: “So, how’s the graveyard shift going?”

Employee: *while preparing my large order* “It’s been fine, I guess.” *long blank stare* “No! Actually, it hasn’t been fine! I’ve been here by myself for two hours now, and my other coworker left for a break two hours ago.”

Me: “Yikes! I’m sorry to hear that. Please, take your time with the order; I’m in no rush.”

Employee: *literally in tears* “Thank you!”

(At this point I hear and see a small moped drive up to the parking lot. I can’t see the person very well, but they’re wearing their uniform for [Fast Food Place]. The guy walks in and goes back to the kitchen.)

Coworker: “So, has it been super busy?”

Employee: “Are you f****** kidding me?! I let you leave for a break two hours ago, and you decide to show up with that attitude?”

(She takes her coworker back behind the flame grill, closer to the first pick-up window for the drive-thru. She begins screaming, yelling, and cussing her coworker out. She then looks in my direction, as I am still just standing at the counter, waiting for my food.)

Employee: “I’m… I’m sorry you just heard all that. I… I forgot you were still here. Would you like another burger, or perhaps some fries? Here; have some zesty sauce for your onion rings, free of charge!”

Me: “Thank… you. Have a nice morning.”

(I’ve been into that establishment more than ten times since this accident and have never seen the poor guy who went on a two-hour break ever again! It’s also nice to get free food every once in a while.)

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