When I was sixteen years old I got my first job working at Burger King. It wasn’t glamorous even by 1980’s standards. It still would’ve been cooler to work at Strawberries Record Store but seeing as I didn’t have a car I couldn’t very well have driven to the mall could I? No I couldn’t. But I could walk to Burger King right after school and do a 3 pm to 6 pm shift twice a week. Man, you gotta wonder what I did with all the piles of cash I was raking in right? But the real reason I bring this up is that it recently occurred to me while I was cleaning the kitchen counter for the 30th time that day that being a parent is an awful lot like working in fast food. Exactly how you ask?
Everyone likes to have it “their way.” 1 of 10I know there are moms who say they refuse to be a short order cook. I get it. But somehow I always get sucked in to giving my kids what they like to eat. Every day I have to remember that Elby likes tomatoes but Matilda hates tomatoes. Matilda loves lettuce, Sadie doesn't. No one likes onions (if they know about them).
I wear a uniform 2 of 10in this case it's yoga pants and tank tops and just like when I worked at BK, my uniform is rarely clean.
The pay sucks 3 of 10But isn't it shocking that when I made minimum wage $3.35 an hour it was still $3.35 an hour more than I make for keeping my kids alive all day everyday?
Complaints 4 of 10I have to put up with a lot of complaints! Sometimes all day and all night! And just like then, the customer always thinks they're right.
My co-workers are always fighting. 5 of 10Back then it was over who was supposed to do bathroom clean-up and now it's over...well, actually it's pretty much the same.
No room for advancement. 6 of 10I'm pretty much going to remain "mommy" for as long as I have this gig. And back when I worked at BK, cashier was as golden as it got once you worked your way up from grill to fries to register.
I sneak a lot of fries 7 of 10Off my kids' plates, from their Happy Meals, no fries are safe. And I wonder why I can't get rid of this muffin top.
I work for a dictator. 8 of 10My manager has control issues and a Napoleon complex. I think you know which boss I'm talking about (see picture)
Noisy work environment 9 of 10The noise. It never. Stops. Just like in Burger King, there is always conversation, chaos and commotion.
And One Reason it’s Not 10 of 10Because I know how crazy lucky I am to have this job. I'm grateful for it every day and I wouldn't quit for all the money in the world.
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