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Working in Fast Food and Why It Sucks

Najji Coulter

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Ah, fast food.  One of the cogs that keeps America running well…not physically running but….

Although the workforce in the industry consists of 30% teenagers, I’m here to tell you that you should never, EVER take a job in fast food.

As a high school student, social obligations are of the utmost importance.  To uphold the coveted social  image, teenagers need money to fund said obligations. One must have a job.  However, I probably would have been better off picking retail or customer service over working in fast food.

Now this isn’t a personal attack on where I work currently, but it has inspired me to write this piece so, sorry, not sorry.

Reason #1: “The customer is always right.”  WRONG.  The customers rarely are correct, yet as the motto implies, they always win.  Swallowing your pride and admitting defeat to the slow-witted masses isn’t for everyone.  If that’s not your sort of thing, you might want to stay away.

Reason #2: The “annoying gene” also applies to the employees. It shouldn’t be all that surprising that when working in an environment that primarily hires teenagers and retired adults there can be some volatile drama.  If that’s not the fuel of nightmares, what is?

Reason #3: Do I feel appreciated? Putting up with the customers, the employees, and the sporadic schedule doesn’t guarantee job security.   There’s no pressure to make the workers happy when they can all be replaced without batting an eye. There’s always going to be the next generation of teenagers that is ignorant enough to take the job.

Having read this article, perhaps that next generation will think twice about entering the fast food arena.  There are plenty of other jobs that will provide income, experience, and respect for teens just looking for a stepping stone on their way to their ultimate career.

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