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The World Does Not Run On Your Schedule

, , , , | Right | CREDIT: Mother-Cheek516 | November 9, 2022

I work at a restaurant that closes from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for a break and to get ready for dinner. A customer comes up at 3:05; we stop seating at 2:45.

Customer: “Hi, we were just wondering if we could get something!”

Coworker: “I’m sorry, we actually closed at 3:00.”

Customer: “Yeah, I see that.”

I’m thinking, “Okay, so why are we having this conversation?”

Me: “We do reopen at 5:00 for dinner.”

Customer: “Yeah, we’ll be gone by then.”

Me: “Sorry about that!”

Customer: “It’s okay, we understand. You don’t want our business!”

I’m already annoyed at this point. I’ve been working our stand at a local farmer’s market since 8:30, and I am trying to help get us through the end of the lunch shift so I can take a break before working dinner. I turn to the customer, put a huge fake smile on my face, and raise my voice.

Me: “It’s really not that. It’s just that we’re closed! Have a great day!”

Customer: “It’s okay. You just haven’t figured out how to stay open those extra two hours!”

I just stared at my coworker, who then shut the door. I’m so done with people who act like this, and I don’t understand why they do. What does it get you? Do they think that if they treat us like s***, we’ll suddenly hop to and obey their every command? It’s tourists like these that make people have such a bad attitude toward all of them.

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