Why Nurses Should Rule The World, Part 3

, | AB, Canada | Right | February 26, 2013

(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!)

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Why Nurses Should Rule The World, Part 2

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  • xero

    I know of no college student that would turn down free food in any given situation

  • Kathy Plester

    I hate people like this who assume people work jobs like this because they’re stupid or have no aspirations. I remember when I as 16 I worked at a supermarket and some woman came to the register with her daughter and said to her ‘Study hard or you’ll end up like this girl.’ At the time I was in college (US equivalent is senior year I think – college age is 16-18) and worked to have money for things I needed or wanted but this woman assumed I was a drop out who couldn’t do any better.

    There are all kinds of reason people do these jobs and it’s not necessarily because they are uneducated or stupid. Some people need more flexible hours for various reasons, some people are funding their studies, some people are new to the world of work and need experience – we all need to start somewhere. In some cases, especially when the economy took a dip, people were being laid off from their professional jobs and taking a job anywhere that was hiring. There were people with masters degrees who had previously been working in research labs or high in a company who were forced to get work serving fries or cleaning toilets.

    • Melissa Burris

      I agree. People just need to STFU and mind their own business. At least they’re earning an honest wage.

      • Kathy Plester

        Absolutely. These same people would probably complain if people were claiming benefits/welfare.

  • Kathy Plester

    I hate people like this who assume people work jobs like this because they’re stupid or have no aspirations. I remember when I as 16 I worked at a supermarket and some woman came to the register with her daughter and said to her ‘Study hard or you’ll end up like this girl.’ At the time I was in college (US equivalent is senior year I think – college age is 16-18) and worked to have money for things I needed or wanted but this woman assumed I was a drop out who couldn’t do any better.

    There are all kinds of reason people do these jobs and it’s not necessarily because they are uneducated or stupid. Some people need more flexible hours for various reasons, some people are funding their studies, some people are new to the world of work and need experience – we all need to start somewhere. In some cases, especially when the economy took a dip, people were being laid off from their professional jobs and taking a job anywhere that was hiring. There were people with masters degrees who had previously been working in research labs or high in a company who were forced to get work serving fries or cleaning toilets.