23 Struggles Of Working In The Fast Food Industry

Would you like fries with that attitude?

1. When some customers act all high and mighty simply because you have to take their order.

Yes, I’m making this food for you. No, you can’t treat me like shit.

2. When people use the drive-thru to empty out their piggy banks, leaving you with $15 dollars in coins.

Sir, I’ve got another order coming in over the headset, I have to make three milkshakes for you, and now I have to count all of this change. No.

3. When your chain restaurant adds new items to the menu, and everything’s place on the register changes.

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“1-1-3 used to mean ‘Snickers Blizzard,’ but now it’s ‘6-piece chicken nuggets.’ Damn.”

4. Playing “rock, paper, scissors” with your coworkers to see who has to take out the trash versus clean the bathrooms.

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5. When people ask “what toppings are on that type of burger” and you turn around and guess based on what the board’s picture looks like.

6. Not being able to hear someone ordering from the drive-thru because their engine is too loud.

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And they don’t turn off their engine no matter how many times you ask, so you defeatedly say, “please pull up.”

7. That goes double for the people who speak so softly when ordering, and you basically have to guess what they want.

Did they say “grilled chicken sandwich” or “large fry?” Ugh. I’ll just give them both.

8. When customers complain about their fries being cold despite them just coming out of the fryer.

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9. Or when they keep changing their orders after you put them in the register.

So you don’t want that crispy chicken anymore, or?

10. Even worse is when they get their food and then complain, saying, “I didn’t want cheese on my sandwich.”

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Then maybe you should have told me “no cheese.”

11. Having to stand on your feet for at least eight hours at a time and not being able to lean on the counter.

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Your back hurts, your feet are sore, and now you’re basically seeing spots.

12. When the customers forget how to form a single file line, and all hell breaks loose.

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I will not be your teacher. Follow simple first-grade rules and learn how to form a line.

13. Or when they actually form a line but the first customer has no idea what they want.

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“I can help whoever is next AND READY.”

14. Waiting those painfully long six minutes for the deep fryer to cook that crispy chicken sandwich you need ASAP.

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I know you’re hungry, ma’am, but I can’t give you your sandwich right now unless you want it to be frozen solid.

15. Always being sticky, sweaty, and greasy when you get home.

Ah, what a glorious, sexy job.

16. Having to listen to the customer’s wrath when you tell them you’re out of a certain item.

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Hellllllll no.

17. Trying to sneak a loose fry or chicken finger when your manager isn’t around… and failing.

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18. When someone comes to the drive-thru JUST as the kitchen is about to close and orders a gargantuan amount of crispy chicken sandwiches.

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Kitchen: “Nope. Just tell them we’re out.”
You: “Sorry. We just ran out.”

19. Before working in fast food: smooth skin. After working in fast food: acne galore.

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And it doesn’t matter how old you are.

20. Always smelling like grease and fast food, no matter how many showers you take.

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21. The same goes for your work clothes, which are kept in a separate pile so their stench doesn’t contaminate your other belongings.

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22. Emptying your pockets at night and tallying up a whole 37 cents in tips. Wooh!

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So, basically just the change someone left at the drive-thru as they drove away.

23. And foregoing the daily urge to quit every time you have to clean up someone’s spilled drink or throw up off the floor.

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Bonus points to you for surviving if the spill was on a carpeted area.

But, hey, at least you have amazing coworkers to go through these ups and downs with.

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‘Cause someone’s gotta do the dirty work, and none do it better than you.

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