This week’s thirteen is compliments of Little Boy Blue who works at a local (sorta fast food) restaurant. It’s this cafeteria type place where you order and pay for your food and then it’s delivered to your table and there’s self-service drinks and salad bar.

In the three years he’s been there he’s worked himself up from dishwasher to grill-guy. (It’s a steak restaurant.) Though he often still has to fill in as the salad bar guy or take orders.

Anyway … here are thirteen things that annoy restaurant employees (umm … teenagers).

1. People who break plates or kids who spill soda. Then you have to clean it up with a bucket and mop and it’s just annoying.

2. When customers arrive 5 minutes before closing and order “the all you can eat” special.

3. Ordering steak tips at the end of the night when you’ve already cleaned both the pan and the grill.

4. Getting paid crap to do crap. (Umm … that’s a quote!)

5. Inability for customers to do anything on their own, like asking for a glass when they’re stacked next to the soda machine.

6. Nasty people who are angry at you … even when you’re not doing anything more than breathing in their direction.

7. People who leave money on the table as if they’re going to leave a tip, but then take it with them when they leave.

8. When you’re dumping the trash and the barrel bows and bounces back, pouring rotten food all over you.

9. When other people park in your “employee of the month” space (next to the door) because you work part time in the winter.

10. When you have no idea how to use the cash register, but you’re the only one near it when someone’s ready to cash out and you have to apologize and walk away.

11. When your manager asks you to do complex simple math in your head (like 4 X 343) and you do it because he can’t. (It’s just annoying.)

12. When you’re ready to punch out and they ask you to refill the tarter sauce (or the butter or whatever).

13. Dropping a plate in front of a loud group of older gentlemen who harangue and joke for the next hour while you work the dining area.

0 Responses to Does Thursday Annoy?

  • These are great! I think most of those would annoy anyone, but I can see where a teenager would be MORE annoyed. LOL

    I used to work retail, and I can relate to the people coming in five minutes before closing, except they came in and unfolded shirts and pulled clothing off hangers only to turn right back around and leave without buying anything.

    Great list.

  • I can see how that would be annoying!


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  • Kealie – I used to work retail also and some days spent my whole work day folding those foolish shirts. Like you said … someone coming in right before clothing was lucky to get out of the store with their life if they plowed through the piles willey nilly. (okay, in my very vivid stalker/teenage mind. 😉 ) LOL!

    Paige – Really, you should have seen his face as he was telling me. I think that’s why I found it so funny.

  • I used to work in a Bonanza Steakhouse in Texas. UGH. I can relate to all of these.

  • OMG! Jen – He works at the last remaining Bonanza Steakhouse I think that’s still open in the US … definitely Maine. How funny is that?

  • Yep. I remember going through a lot of these when I was a teen working at seashore restaurants.

  • I used to work in the food industry during college. I miss it about as much as I miss catching pneumonia. That’s why I always tip the pizza deliveryperson 20% when he or she arrives.

  • Tempest – Thanks for visiting. Happy T13.

    RJ – LOL! Thanks for stopping by. I think everyone should have to work as waitstaff for at least one night and they’d be a lot more empathetic.

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