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So, how did Free Tea Day go, you ask?

*Was all snuggly, opened an eye, and thought the room was way too light to be before the 4:30 alarm.  Check the clock and wake the spousebeast with a string of very loud cuss words.  The alarm clock is officially dead.

*Discovered that we can get Kent from feet on the floor to in the cab in14 minutes.  Being a military brat has its uses.  I was a one woman pit crew.  The NASCAR type.  Not the sexy RuPaul's Drag Race type.

*Went in early.  My usual HS driver remarked that I was going in early, saw my shirt, and exclaimed "Oh!  I forgot it's Free Tea Day!  I'll be coming in!"  Cue the half dozen other people saying "Free tea!??!?  Where??"

*Found out that not only did we have Free Tea Day, we also got our truck and had two catering orders.

*Suggested to Big Boss that I could just open for the day and spend the rest of my shift riding Chapel Hill Transit and advertise.  Got turned down.

*Get FOH ready to open in record time for me.  Bake off 60 cookies in some misguided suggestion from BB that we can upsell them with free teas.

*[redacted redacted redacted.  Let's just say I didn't kill anyone and I deserve a cookie.  Except cookies are currently making me homicidal.

*Explain to person who calls in six minutes before open that it is one tea per person.  No, we will not do 46 teas for pickup.

*Yeah, I would really prefer if you didn't all show up here in protest, but you're welcome to.

*TWENTY TWO kids from camp show up with their handlers (chaperones?  Counselers?  People whose jobs currently seem worse than mine?).  22 32oz sweet teas for kids 9-12?  Enjoy your afternoon!

*Inform me that the second group will be coming around 12:30.  28.  Yippee.

*Realize that weird inexplicable bruise on my right arm is from scooping ice to bring it to the front.

*Explain again the "one person, one tea concept."

*Am given a list of exceptions from Big Boss.  Hope The Bully shows up soon so I can deal with the exceptions.

*The Bully shows up and is suffering from some random something.  I imagine it's "I don't want to be here"-itis.  Decide that the best thing is for her to go bag up a billion cookies while I handle the front.

*Realize we both walked away from the transaction thinking "Sucker."

*Look at line and start to reconsider my life choices.

*Tea, tea, no only one per customer, oh...there are 16 in your party....IS OUR 12 HERE YET!?!?!?  Sorry,ma'am...I didn't realize the phone was on intercom and that was quite loud.  I apologize.  What can I get for you today?"

*Watches the 12 waltz in at 12:16 and wonders what it takes to get you fired around here.

*12:18 and a line out the door while she fixes her lipstick in the dining room.  Start to think that maybe homicide wouldn't get me fired.  Then remember that I'm "nice."  Fuck.

*Here come The Exceptions.  Grit my teeth and revel in the spare change I get  as I ring them up.

*Line out the door.  My printer jams.  Three reboots don't work and the line grows.  Wonder if wandering out for two three hours is a fireable offense.

*No sweet tea, no ice, no lemons.  Guess whose job that suddenly is?

*"We don't have potato salad."  "Yes, we do!  It's in back!"  "Well, it not scooped so we don't have it.  Can you go around the dining room and ask for alternate sides?"

*Decide that scooping 8 sides of potato salad is easier than asking for altherates.

*Get sniped at by The Bully because the plates weren't complete in the window.  Remind her in a less than gentle fashion that scooping potato salad is a BOH job and they were behind, so I did it.

*"We heard it was Free Tea Day!  What fun!  Can we sit upstairs?  We're about...sixteen?  Oh, wait...20."
Sure.  I really needed that.  Stairs are my FAVORITE!

*Oooh, looky!  Another field trip wanting free tea.  Just 25 this time.  How many hypercaffeinted kids are bouncing aroung Chapel Hill right now?  And do I care?

*"Oh...yes, we can handle 45 for Tuesday at 1:30.  Oh, you want to eat HERE?  I could I get an order...oh, you'll place it Monday?  BIG BOSS!"

*finally have a moment of peace and announce that I have to pee NOW!  Discover that Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humor.

*Explain to the young douchebag that the next of his fraternity brothers who shows up and says "I'm here for the free tea.  Where do I get the free A?" will be banned from the store for the next academic years.

*Tell BigBoss that I just made up a rule.  Apparently, that's okay.

And this is just the Cliffs Notes.  I'm too tired and have to open again tomorrow.  At least I have the wekend off.

This picture pretty much sums it up.




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grlicnotgmblin
Jul. 22nd, 2016 02:32 am (UTC)
LOL! Awesome pic!
mac_arthur_park
Jul. 22nd, 2016 03:03 am (UTC)
And, yes, that is wine in a Snoopy glass with a bendy straw.
magenta_girl
Jul. 22nd, 2016 02:39 am (UTC)
This brings back memories. Even though my food service experience was just Starbucks... I'm glad you have the weekend off!!!! <3
mac_arthur_park
Jul. 23rd, 2016 10:50 am (UTC)
I've done my tour of duty with Starbucks and that is a special hell all its own.
seaivy
Jul. 22nd, 2016 02:43 am (UTC)
as a fellow dweller in chaos i send sympathy

You GO Girl!!!
mac_arthur_park
Jul. 23rd, 2016 10:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! And yesterday wasn't much better. :(
ancarett
Jul. 22nd, 2016 02:46 am (UTC)
Poor you!
liminal_space
Jul. 22nd, 2016 02:50 am (UTC)
I'm having flashbacks! o.O

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I love your stories; your skill with words brings them to beautiful life. That said, WHAT A DAY!

mac_arthur_park
Jul. 22nd, 2016 03:04 am (UTC)
Thank you!
michikatinski
Jul. 22nd, 2016 02:53 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh. What a crap-freaking-tastic day.

Next time a day like this comes along, your boss should reward you with a new bottle of chard. Nice chard. To keep you from walking out. :P
notodette
Jul. 22nd, 2016 03:20 am (UTC)
Well done, Alicia.

Also, lol handlers. That's perfect.
ratfan
Jul. 22nd, 2016 03:47 am (UTC)
Hilarious, but oh, the pain. I promise to never do this to any food serving staff.
opakele
Jul. 22nd, 2016 03:53 am (UTC)
You deserve some tea a medal!
mac_arthur_park
Jul. 23rd, 2016 10:51 am (UTC)
Vodka. I deserve vodka. Which I am buying THE MINUTE the liquor store opens.
dadi
Jul. 22nd, 2016 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for the LOL :-)
mac_arthur_park
Jul. 22nd, 2016 12:40 pm (UTC)
I live to serve. :)

Literally, it seems.
mamculuna
Jul. 22nd, 2016 06:15 am (UTC)
Love the picture!
mac_arthur_park
Jul. 22nd, 2016 12:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
communitybee
Jul. 22nd, 2016 09:25 am (UTC)
I bet free tea day was crazy.
mac_arthur_park
Jul. 22nd, 2016 12:31 pm (UTC)
It was actually worse than graduation/Mother's Day, I kid you not.

The funny thing was that I was there the longest (other than Big Boss)...and the only one who didn't have a meltdown. I swear, these speshul little snowflakes are getting on my LAST nerve.
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corellian_sugar
Jul. 22nd, 2016 12:22 pm (UTC)

OMG, I'm exhausted just reading that! You deserve a massage and a day off!

mac_arthur_park
Jul. 22nd, 2016 12:39 pm (UTC)
I have the weekend off. I can't tell you how glad I am.
yshaloo
Jul. 22nd, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
shew, just reading that wore me flat out! I hope you get a day off soon to decompress. Good luck with it until then!
mac_arthur_park
Jul. 23rd, 2016 10:53 am (UTC)
Yesterday sucked (again), but I have the weekend off! Woo hoo!

The spousebeast suggested I swing by the liquor store when I do my grocery run and I just gave him A LOOK.

He looked sheepish and said "I guess that was kind of a given, huh?" LOL
man_of_snows
Jul. 22nd, 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
Damn you did a long ass shift today. Congrats! All day in my head I would be like, "FUCK free tea day."
mac_arthur_park
Jul. 23rd, 2016 10:56 am (UTC)
Oh, my internal monologue was....epic.
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