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I -Hate- Taco Bell

Seriously. Not the people that work there, the customers, or whatever else. The whole idea of it being a fast food place that's open 'till at least 2 in the morning, and that certain employees there are less than reliable in terms of working each and every one of their scheduled shifts.

See, tonight, it was supposed to be Jerome being in at 6, and me and Kevin being in at 7, and Earl being there, and the four of us were closing. However, sometime during the day, Kevin called in sick (I really don't believe that he was, but there's no for-sure way to tell now), and Jerome never showed up. I heard Earl mention something about him being baby-sitting, and not being able to come in to work until the parents got back. At first, that meant me and Earl would be the only ones closing. No. That's what I thought. If that were to be what happened, I would still be there right now. Anyways, he asked a new employee if they'd stay and help close, and she agreed. I really feel sorry for her, as I found out later that it was her first shift.

For the whole night, it was her and Earl on line, and I was on drive through. That actually worked remarkably well, except for a few large orders.

An example of one would be the following:

Me: Welcome to Taco Bell, my name's [...]. What can I get for you tonight?
Customer: Um... can I get a combo #2 with Pepsi...
Me: Would you like that in chicken, steak, or one of each?
Customer: Steak, and could I get a fries supreme instead of the regular fries in that combo?
Me: Yep, and would that be everything for tonight?
Customer: Just give me a second... 12 soft tacos.
Me: I'm sorry?
Customer: 12 soft tacos.
Me: Okay, and was that everything?
Customer: I think so... actually, throw 12 more soft tacos in there
Me: *sigh* Okay, so in all I've got a combo 2 steak with a fries supreme instead of the regular fries, pepsi to drink, and... 24 soft tacos?
Customer: Yes.
Me: Okay. Any hot or mild sauce?
Customer: Some of each.
Me: Alright, and would you like to add on a bag of cinnamon twists for dessert?
Customer: No...
Me: Okay. Your total comes to [something just below $49]. Please drive up.

Yeah. I really felt sorry for Earl and the new person (no, I don't even know what her name is). That was by far the worst order of the night though, and in all honesty, things could've gone worse. One of the managers in training went to the bank and to Tim Hortons, then came back to close the dining room. I shudder to imagine what things would've been like if she hadn't come back. Hell, what would things've been like if the new person hadn't stayed to close? Earl tried calling a few people to see if they'd come in, but nobody would. I can't help but feel that if he'd just gone back, and phoned every single employee (aside from tomorrow's closers), someone would've agreed to come in. He tried calling Manoah, and offered to give him tomorrow off if he'd come in and help, and although Manoah said he'd phone back in a couple minutes, he never did.

I ended up brushing my finger against the top of the fry dump, and gave myself a decently sized burn, which surprisingly didn't hurt as much as I thought it would. I'd brought my PSP in, as I figured I'd listen to music on it after we closed. Unfortunately, on the way there, I played some Mario 3, and I guess I never turned the thing off completely. After we'd closed, I brought it back out, as Earl wanted to see me play Mario on it, and found the power light to still be blinking. Long story short, out of a 100% charge, there was about 5% left. That lasted for a decent amount of time, but it still died before we were actually out of the building. Oh well. It's upstairs charging right now.

I have to be back later on today from 6 'till 11. Earl hinted at how I might be closing, since Kevin could very well be sick again, but I'm dearly hoping I don't. I'm sick and tired of closing right now. If my schedule goes exactly as planned, I should have three days where I don't have to close, then I'm right back into closing agian. All I want is to have those three nights free, so I can get some proper sleep. For the past 4 or 5 days, this is what my sleep schedule's been like. Go to bed around 6, so I get to sleep around 7. Wake up anywhere from 3 to 5 in the afternoon, surf the internet or whatever for a couple hours or so, and go to work. Lather, rinse, repeat. Problem is, 3 days is just enough for me to get back into the swing of things. The first night I usually stay up 'till the usual time (5 or 6 in the morning), go to bed, and get up around 12, so I'm still sort of tired, in order to want to get to bed earlier that night.

The second night, I usually end up going to bed around 2 or 3, and waking up at the same time (12), and by that time, come the third day, I'm back to going to bed anywhere from 11 to 2 at night, and waking up around 12. I could very well eliminate the middle step, by waking up even earlier the second day, but in doing so, work or volunteering would be absolutely brutal.

The only reason I have so many shifts lately (at least to my knowledge) is because of how many people have been fired. Two managers, at least one normal employee, and then another person is soon going to be on maternity leave. I like it for the amount of money I'm getting, but other than that, it sucks.

Anyways, I still have to finish up writing an email to Michele explaining why I'm not going to be in at Heart and Stroke, then I want to make a post in a thread regarding Brain Age at Acmlms, so that's it for this entry.

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