5 hours have passed without a break. 3 employees leave post rush to rest before their next job hour. 2 new employees failed to show to help after. Four cars back to back flowing in line with the 2:30PM to 5:00PM after work and school crowd-unconcerned with the conditions inside.
3 meal deals, 2 junior shakes. 4 small burgers and a large drink half and half. 6 small nuggets with four medium sized fries, minds have changed instead. 2 number 10 meals with medium fries and drink, an additional small hamburger and 2 medium fries. Seemingly last order, 3 triple burgers cooked fresh please, with no salt on the fries cooked fresh please, and three drinks with no ice, half and half for two.
Legs begin to feel worn, feet are sore and the hips longing for a seat to rest on. The mouth is dry from over use of the same ‘welcome’ phrase and faked pleasantries exchanged with customers. The belly rumbles now with senses heightened to the smell of salt, animal fat and grease. All of the foods that’ll make you groggy. Unable to be enjoyed in the slightest as you are there to take the order, take the money, take the next order, fill the first order bag and even drop fried products for a position abandoned.
‘Why?’ All you may ask yourself is ‘why’ do you accept this job, then these work conditions. You’re unfulfilled and tired most days. The only means to enjoy your work is to complain with fellow workers that these conditions are deplorable. But I need work because I have financial responsibilities to afford the life decent for myself, or for child. 8 hours have passed, with two more to go, though, with certainty, you will be asked to stay an extra hour or two because no one works nights and weekends. All that must be faked with a smile comes to a halt with attitude, groans and rants about a life much better but too improbable to reach.
Well first of all you are here in fast food because of your lack of relevant work experience. In a society that prides itself in experience as being the proof that someone is able and competent fall short often because we are so subjective.
Legacy names, reference from the inside will be considered first if experience is lacking.
Skin color, beauty will determine the applicant as a cultural fit or an innate charismatic gift.
Appearance or actual age will give the assumption of being persuasive and experienced. Or to have no relevance to the quickened pace and progression with new ideas and technology.
Cycle of Success
The trajectory of life is already guided by whom you may been born to…
My work is situated among a business complex, a public high school and a private high school. Each moment after 2:30PM depresses more as you noticed the private high school kids will already make it further than you. My bosses boss owns the franchise and the private high school. His sons owns an extension of the franchise. Their children attend the private school that is directly across from the public school. No other purpose to spend over $5,000 in tuition other than to state: these children will have the best resources, the best opportunities, the best universities to choose from, the first pick of a career to settle a family into the same cycle of success.
I do not envy other’s success, instead I question how may we obtain this assumption that the best person has been found because they check every mark? If their name isn’t known, then they may have a reference. If there is no reference, the perception of skin color then beauty will guide them to the top pile of interviewed applicants. Then age, the younger the better but not appearing too young as to be assumed unaware and unsure. To not have experience is what is said to those not checking every mark. This is my issue in the discovery of the college admission bribery.
Some of us already knew that the key to success was rigged from the beginning, but with proof and court cases…has our society began to make a turn? No longer will forced merit, money and economic status of parents be the determining power of this generation and the next influence.
I am sure that there is talent hidden in poverty. A hopeful discouraged by present conditions of unpleasant work. An older adult now regretting that they allowed certain conditions to lessen their strive for influence. With this news plastered for all to reckon with their own privileges, are we hinting towards an egalitarian society?
It will be the greatest quest to tackle the various topics that fall under the economic strife at present.
Crippling capitalist society
Then the specific skin color, gender, ethnic, age etc. aspects that activist point to protest separately.
I do wonder have we reached the point to where it is now unacceptable that there are more ‘have nots’ than ‘haves’. That their conditions, as first described, isn’t an acceptable predicament. So that opportunities can be given equally… what a dream to have a different circumstance and only one mentioned in science fiction.