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FOOD SERVICE.
FOOD SERVICE.

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_Working in the food service industry can be a daunting challenge. Half the time the people you work for think you're an indentured servant, and the rest of the time the clientele believe they own you. If you can make it out of the industry with a semblance of sanity and no criminal record... YOU'VE WON!!! _

Redditor _Brando224 _wanted to hear the true life horror stories of fast food employees.

YOU KNOW COFFEE CAN BE A WEAPON IF YOUR NOT CAREFUL.

I worked at Starbucks and a woman ordered her coffee at 140 degrees in the drive thru. She walks back in the cafe after pulling out and complains that her coffee was 139 degrees because she has a thermometer in her car and she demands it be remade. I laughed at her and asked if she was joking and she demanded to see my manager. My manager remade it but I didn't get in any trouble. She was ridiculous but Starbucks' policy is to remake anything if a customer asks for it.

YOU CAN'T SAVE EVERYBODY. :(
YOU CAN'T SAVE EVERYBODY.  :(

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Literally had a 17 year old kid die in my arms.

I was 19 and working at KFC in a bit of a a rough area. It was a quiet day shift so there were only 3 staff and no customers in the store at the time. A young couple, who looked pretty messed up, walked in and went straight to the bathrooms.

After some time, the girl came out screaming for help. She said her boyfriend had gone into the bathroom to the use heroin and he was not responding and was inside the locked men's room.

My manager called an ambulance while I tried to get the door open. Couldn't kick it down like Chuck Norris, so I went and grabbed some tools and finally got it open.

Found the kid, blue and cold on the floor. His pulse was faint. There was a syringe next to him. He had blood in his mouth so I couldn't make mouth to mouth contact and started administering chest compressions. The whole time his girlfriend was screaming at me to save him.

I feel like I could sense the moment he had passed. The ambulance came within a few minutes but there was nothing they could do.

His mother came a few days later to apologize and thank us for trying to save him. There was some police questioning and plenty of nightmares. It was been about 17 years and I still think about it often.

MAYBE AN INVESTMENT IN ANGER MANAGEMENT WOULD BE A WISE CHOICE.
MAYBE AN INVESTMENT IN ANGER MANAGEMENT WOULD BE A WISE CHOICE.

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I was working at a pub shortly after college. During the evenings, things would always get pretty stressful and hectic. People would be snapping at each other, or saying mean things, or arguing, or whatever. Pretty standard stuff in a high stress situation like that.

One day, though, in the middle of dinner, the other cook (my immediate manager, but not the restaurant manager) apparently just had a bad night. He'd been getting progressively more agitated all night (not with me, luckily). Suddenly, a waitress came back and complained that one of her tables was complaining because the food was cold. First, the manager responded by telling her that if she'd come get her orders when they were done, they wouldn't be cold, but when she made some comment back, he snapped.

He picked up a hot pan from the stove, and I was terrified for a second that he was going to throw it at her. Instead, he swung it at hard as he could at the entire stack of clean plates and knocked almost all of them off the table, shattering them on the floor. Then he literally tore off his apron and stormed out, but not before knocking a tray of full out of another watiress's hands.

Weirdly enough, the store manager was going to let him keep his job if he'd admit being out of line. She brought him in during lunch the next day to talk to him, and instead of apologizing, he smashed a coffee cup against the wall and left.

All told, it was probably for the best.

PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES....
PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES....

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I had a rough looking guy in a beat-up truck try to use 1 year old coupons. I refused to take them. That was a mistake. He held up the drive thru and screamed and screamed at me. Including "smarten up son, or you're going nowhere in life". Made me feel like DIRT until I realized that someone like that who is screaming those things at a 15 year running the drive thru, did not go anywhere in life.

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