I’ve clocked in almost four years working in the food industry. For almost two years during my high school, I was a cook at a popular pizza chain, and eventually moved up the line to become a waitress. At the end of my freshman year of college, I became employed at another popular eating establishment, known for its crazy awesome breakfast food.
As a result of these years of working as a foodservice employee, I’ve learned, or realized, 10 things about humanity and its intricate workings. I offer you not a complete list, but a list of a simple hash slinger’s revelations:
- Invisiblity Cloak: People probably don’t care who you are, they just want their food. You’re invisible unless you’re carrying food.
- People are nice: People can be nice. Don’t rate the whole crowd based on a bad experience. On the other hand…
- People are mean: People can be mean and they will blame you for everything that goes wrong. Lemon in water tastes too lemony? You had best go get a lemon that’s not so lemony, and while you’re at it, go make fresh water.
- Little World: The foodservice industry is a microcosm of society. There are all kinds of people that I’ve worked with, all different, all unique in one way or another.
- That one person: There will always be that one person (co-worker or customer) that will try your patience. It’s taught me a bit about loving on others.
- Hard work is rewarding: At the risk of sounding like your dad, the hard work associated with foodservice is rewarding in its own sense. One gains social skills and thicker skins from one-on-one interaction with the starving masses.
That’s how you sling hash. For information on how to write about your hash-slinging adventures, check out my other “How to” post.
Happy slinging and eating!