10.28.2008

It's all about forgiveness...

As I read your comments on my unpleasant experience at McDonald's on Monday morning I had a thought.  

(I'm going to say what I really think here, so if you're really politically correct, please exit this blog IMMEDIATELY!)

Can you imagine working the drive-thru window during the breakfast shift at McDonald's? Think about it, you'd have to get up at 5 am, put on a polyester uniform and then stand handing out Egg McMuffins and hash browns for hours!  To make matters worse you would have to deal with people like you and me.  Fools who only have a debit card, or who demand that their order is correct.  The entire time you are working you have a 500 pound manager who looks like she could play defense for the New York Jets staring over your shoulder.  And the reward for this? Probably about $7.25 an hour.   This woman was not a teenager working for some spending money.  This was her career.  

So when I came cruising up and asked her to cut me a break on the soda I'm sure she was ready to snap.  How much can one woman take?  No wonder she poured my Diet Coke down the sink! I think I got away pretty easy.  She probably wanted to throw it in my face.  

As Linda pointed out, Ronald McDonald would not be proud of this employee's behavior.  She was pretty rude to me.  But Ronald has a much better job than she does, and I'm sure he makes really great money, which probably explains why he's always so damn happy.

When I remember yesterday's encounter, I'm going to try to think of the woman who hit me where it hurts, with compassion instead of hatred.  Had I been in her shoes I might have done the exact same thing.

I'm so glad to be me.  

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go clean up the dog poop in the backyard and then scrub the toilets.

When I'm done we can all join hands and sing "Kumbaya."


16 comments:

scargosun said...

I didn't get a chance to visit yesterday so I went back and read your post. I had a similar experience on Saturday although, they just outright refused to use my card on account I had $12 worth of produce and they wanted me to meet the $15 minimum. I just said fine I won't get it and walked away.
If the card reader was not working, they should have posted it BEFORE the person who is at the board has a chance to order. You didn't do anything wrong.

Dr Zibbs said...

She still didn't have to do that. Case closed.

Southern Fried Girl said...

Bless your heart honey. I'd have still gone through that window. LOLOL

Liza said...

You're so right and it's awesome to look at it that way. Although I still would have been pissed so you're a much better person than me :0)

Tara R. said...

Still... no minimum wage jobs requires rudeness. I can empathize with the cashier, but it's no excuse for being hateful.

Mrs.D said...

I worked in a restaurant part time for a few years during college and a bit when Kyle was small. It wasn't a sucky place like Mc D's but it had it's moments. BUT, it doesn't mean they have to be bitches b/c their jobs suck balls. lol. and, trust me on this, we have the SKANKIEST McD's ANYWHERE. Seriously. It's like the LAST job you take in town. You must be mentally inapt, dirty, and bitchy to even get interviewed. That lady on the commercial who rose through the ranks and became a CEO, well, she didn't come from OUR McD's.

Vodka Mom said...

Let's just damn her and be done with it.

Mrs.D said...

Vodka Mom- you kill me!! lol!!!

The Chic Chauffeur said...

Jill, that is totally the right way to look at things!

But I am feeling like getting on my soapbox.... One of the things that makes America great (please, everyone reading, start humming God Bless America) is that no matter what kind of job you have, you strive to do that job to the best of your ability. And that means that if you happen to be educated to a level that limits you to an entry level position, them dammit, do that entry level position the best you can. If we all approached our jobs that way, wouldn't the world be a better place?

I come from some seriously awesome blue collar folks, and believe me, whether you are slingin' hash because you are a single mom, or an executive on wallstreet who makes 4 figures, you ought to do your thing with pride!

Thank you. I will step away from the soapbox now.

clemsongirlandthecoach said...

Yes, my "anonymous" commenter is a real bitch.

Thanks for sticking up for me, I'll email you!

Petunia said...

That is very cool of you to place yourself in her shoes. I have what is occasionally a very stresssful job, and although I would never be unkind to a patient--I have lost it with a doctor (or two) on occasion when they were being demanding and I was too busy and stressed to put up with their B.S.!

Lynette said...

Wow, you're a much nicer person than me:)

preppyplayer said...

it is good to see both sides, although you did deserve to vent.

Kat said...

Well, that's a great way to think about it. Well done you!

Lorelai said...

OMG loved this post! So glad I stumbled upon your blog this morning. I can't wait to come back and read more!

Jaina said...

Haha, very good points.

 
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