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Have you ever thought about what you say or how you approach employees at Fast Food establishments?

We asked Shea Speed, GCHS Senior and local fast food employee, how it made her feel when customers commented on her appearance rather than her job performance.

“Sometimes it makes me feel good about myself, like if it’s just a ‘you’re makeup looks good!’ Or ‘how’ve you been today?’ It eases my nervousness about coming in contact with a new person. But if it’s somewhat a cat call, it makes me feel uncomfortable and sometimes upset.”

Aside from customers cat calling or flirting, fast food employees are also often faced with rude comments.

Carlie Oneill, GCHS Junior, commented on her experience, stating that customers “have cursed at me for not having hamburger or hotdog buns.” When asked how she reacted, she explained “I apologized and went back to my station. I didn’t want to be rude and risk the possibility of losing my job.”

Many customers do not understand the policies of some businesses and are angered by them. Employees are regularly cursed at, degraded, or threatened by customers due to circumstances beyond their control.

For many teens, fast food is where they attain their first job experience. While both positive and negative customer interactions build character and work ethic, it can often be discouraging to young employees when it becomes regular.

So, next time you interact with a fast food employee, try to be the customer you would want to serve! A little kindness and gratuity can go a long way.

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