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Ever work in fast food? (Original Post) Archae Aug 2013 OP
Oh. You worked for someone who read the McD training manual. In_The_Wind Aug 2013 #1
Isn't that oxymoronic? antiquie Aug 2013 #11
Try telling that to these folks ... In_The_Wind Aug 2013 #12
...drooling antiquie Aug 2013 #13
The Carvel treats are so easy to make at home. In_The_Wind Aug 2013 #14
Did I hear correctly? antiquie Aug 2013 #16
Have you seen my whale ... In_The_Wind Aug 2013 #36
Sarah palin has a similar recipe KamaAina Aug 2013 #35
Yes, McDonalds for a summer. IrishEyes Aug 2013 #2
I worked for Burger King the summer of 1988 when I was a junior in HS maryellen99 Aug 2013 #3
Junior in HS? HarveyDarkey Aug 2013 #4
yes nt maryellen99 Aug 2013 #5
Did your parents do that to you too? Chan790 Aug 2013 #27
Wasn't my parents HarveyDarkey Aug 2013 #28
It was my first job too, but years earlier. We used to go to McDonalds in our BK uniforms for lunch. Squinch Aug 2013 #29
I worked at a movie theatre for less than three months.. AsahinaKimi Aug 2013 #6
Article here from a guy who worked in a theater. Archae Aug 2013 #8
Oh yeah he has it down pat. AsahinaKimi Aug 2013 #9
I worked concession at a movie theater in HS tabbycat31 Aug 2013 #33
Yes, Burger King for the lunch crowd..the mommy shift..when kids were in school angstlessk Aug 2013 #7
I worked at a Ma & Pa fast food place before there were chains olddots Aug 2013 #10
By any chance, is your name 'Owen'? pinboy3niner Aug 2013 #15
No, why? Archae Aug 2013 #18
It's closer than you think... pinboy3niner Aug 2013 #19
LOL! Archae Aug 2013 #22
You did THOSE, too? pinboy3niner Aug 2013 #23
The pies were cooked in the same hot oil deep-fryer the fish was. Archae Aug 2013 #25
Del Taco, '79-81. n/t Bertha Venation Aug 2013 #17
my dad's first job, age 14 Bertha Venation Aug 2013 #20
Burger King, Blimpie, McDs (4 hrs), Gyro King, Short Stop Burgers... NightWatcher Aug 2013 #21
No, but I worked pear packing houses and MerryBlooms Aug 2013 #24
I did, back in high school, selling burgers and ice cream at DismalLand, petronius Aug 2013 #26
Sort of, I worked night shift clean-up at McDonald's in the mid 80's ConcernedCanuk Aug 2013 #30
At 16, I worked at Harvey's u4ic Aug 2013 #31
I was a curb hop at Steak & Shake way back when I was in high school. B Calm Aug 2013 #32
Well sort of. I worked at a Chinese restaurant delivering food in my '70 Challenger 440 Six-Pack. bluesbassman Aug 2013 #34
I was a car hop on roller skates frogmarch Aug 2013 #37

In_The_Wind

(72,300 posts)
1. Oh. You worked for someone who read the McD training manual.
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 04:12 PM
Aug 2013


Yes, I've worked in fast food. Oh, and managed an ice cream bakery.
 

HarveyDarkey

(9,077 posts)
4. Junior in HS?
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 04:21 PM
Aug 2013

Damn, my first job was helping to bale hay at age 11. 25 cents per hour, although it was long before 1988.

 

Chan790

(20,176 posts)
27. Did your parents do that to you too?
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 09:39 PM
Aug 2013

Picking potatoes after school all fall and winter. Every summer was spent working in the kitchen at the restaurant my mother managed. The owner didn't care because my mother told her she didn't have to pay me, I was there to make sure I wasn't unattended sitting on my ass all summer, diddling the girl next door or smoking pot. (All of which strike me as perfectly normal and life-affirming things for a teenage boy to be doing with his summer.)

 

HarveyDarkey

(9,077 posts)
28. Wasn't my parents
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 10:42 PM
Aug 2013

Was a local farmer I worked for, his son was, and is, a good friend of mine.
The late 50's, early 60's, were a different time.

Squinch

(50,883 posts)
29. It was my first job too, but years earlier. We used to go to McDonalds in our BK uniforms for lunch.
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 10:53 PM
Aug 2013

AsahinaKimi

(20,776 posts)
6. I worked at a movie theatre for less than three months..
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 04:32 PM
Aug 2013

Took tickets, did concession stand, cleaned theaters. Once I found a unopened bottle of water that was left in the Theater. The manager took it and was going to resell it. (Making money off it twice.) I told him that was probably illegal, and he said.. who is going to report me? You? I was fired later on. I had heard they only keep employees for three months, and then rotate new ones, so they don't have to do the insurance thing. Hardly anyone was promoted to full staff, because that position was always filled by two people. It seemed like a total scam to me.

Archae

(46,288 posts)
8. Article here from a guy who worked in a theater.
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 05:06 PM
Aug 2013
http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-5-unexpected-downsides-working-at-movie-theater/

Over 30 years ago I was a projectionist/concessions worker at a drive-in.
We had actual FOOD in addition to the overpriced candy and popcorn. (Burgers and hot dogs.)

What was fun was the day after the big triple features on Friday and Saturday night, walking around fixing the broken speakers, (somebody always drove off with the speaker still hanging on the window,) and cleaning up the garbage.
Which as you can guess, included some rather gross items.

AsahinaKimi

(20,776 posts)
9. Oh yeah he has it down pat.
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 05:24 PM
Aug 2013

When I worked at the theater I was suddenly everyones best friend, who could get them into movies for free, especially a premier. No, sorry it doesn't work that way, they never gave me discounted tickets, nor was I allowed to give anyone free popcorn, or a slushy drink.

In fact, someone stole three giant packets of M&Ms from the concession stand when I was not looking, AND those came right out of my pay check, you BETCHA!!

tabbycat31

(6,336 posts)
33. I worked concession at a movie theater in HS
Mon Aug 19, 2013, 05:14 PM
Aug 2013

I suppose it's like working in fast food. We had to clean whenever we weren't helping a customer.

angstlessk

(11,862 posts)
7. Yes, Burger King for the lunch crowd..the mommy shift..when kids were in school
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 04:42 PM
Aug 2013

before they served breakfast...it was fun..I loved the lunch crowd..many were regulars..but yes..one must keep cleaning..and I bet the counter had fewer bacteria before we wiped it down than after...but luckily our manager was a cool dude...after shift he and a few of us would sit together and just chat...

Then there was McD's as a second job...not for the money but for something to do, and when I told the manager I was quitting, he was sorry because I never complained?? Why should I complain I took the job...and knew I would have to do whatever I was asked...within limits

Back then, at McD's, for every 4 hours you worked you were entitled to a FREE hamburger, small fries and a small drink...not sure if they do that any longer?

I never had a bad experience, but I am certain, even back then I could not have been able to support myself on the pay even if I worked full time...which some did back then.

 

olddots

(10,237 posts)
10. I worked at a Ma & Pa fast food place before there were chains
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 05:35 PM
Aug 2013

75 cents an hour 14 years old , you could only be part time .

Everyone there learned the business from ordering food to health codes and profit & loss .We didn't cook but we learned about it from the pros who actually could cook.

Sadly that was in the early 60s where you felt like a part of something at a job , time flew and people felt like there was a future .

Archae

(46,288 posts)
25. The pies were cooked in the same hot oil deep-fryer the fish was.
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 07:34 PM
Aug 2013

Not the same sections, there were two sections, one for pies, one for fish.

Maybe it's different now.

Bertha Venation

(21,484 posts)
20. my dad's first job, age 14
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 06:56 PM
Aug 2013

Flipping burgers and opening bottles of beer. He lasted one day. His boss told him he could screw up a wet dream. Not a nice thing to say to a kid.

NightWatcher

(39,343 posts)
21. Burger King, Blimpie, McDs (4 hrs), Gyro King, Short Stop Burgers...
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 06:57 PM
Aug 2013

Then a few "sit down" restaurants. Bennigans, Ruby Tuesday, Upper Crust.

I know there's more that I've forgotten.

petronius

(26,589 posts)
26. I did, back in high school, selling burgers and ice cream at DismalLand,
Sun Aug 18, 2013, 08:18 PM
Aug 2013

i.e. the Tragic Kingdom, aka Disneyland. The highlight of the job, as I recall, was going out back every night and watching Tinker Bell come crashing to a halt after her long slide down from the Matterhorn...

 

ConcernedCanuk

(13,509 posts)
30. Sort of, I worked night shift clean-up at McDonald's in the mid 80's
Mon Aug 19, 2013, 12:57 AM
Aug 2013

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There were only 2 of us, no supervisors, no customers.

I cleaned up the Kitchen area, the other did the eating area, floors and washrooms.

The person in the kitchen/food area was not allowed to work in the eating area, and vice versa.

McD's is very careful about sanitation, they had 1200 stores at that time,

one store messes up, it's gonna affect a billion dollar income.

I got a free meal before shift, was allowed to pick what I wanted for snacks during the shift,

and breakfast if I wished before I went home.

I actually learned a few things about cooking there.

Want real fluffy scrambled eggs?

Take them out of the fridge the night before.

Deep frying?

Cook veggies/french fries in lard, meat/poultry in vegetable oil.

One of my jobs was to drain and filter the oil in the fryers every shift, scrub them spotless,

then do a test on the oils with sort of a litmus paper thing.

If it turned a certain color, it got dumped and new oil or lard put into the appropriate deep fryer.

Ice cream/sundae machines got almost totally dismantled every shift,

cleaned, sanitized and reassembled, all parts air dried, no towelling.

There was no spare time - I was a busy guy!

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u4ic

(17,101 posts)
31. At 16, I worked at Harvey's
Mon Aug 19, 2013, 12:58 AM
Aug 2013

in a tacky orange gingham shirt and brown pants. I used to come home and stink of frying oil, even though I never worked in the kitchen. I could never get it out. The manager was an asshat, I made a whopping $3/hr in 1983.

I have never worked in fast food or the restaurant industry since, and I'm happy with that.

bluesbassman

(19,354 posts)
34. Well sort of. I worked at a Chinese restaurant delivering food in my '70 Challenger 440 Six-Pack.
Mon Aug 19, 2013, 05:18 PM
Aug 2013

It got there REAL fast.

frogmarch

(12,152 posts)
37. I was a car hop on roller skates
Sun Aug 25, 2013, 02:44 PM
Aug 2013

in the early 60s. It was then I realized I could be a good food server OR a good skater, but not both together. I still have scars.

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