Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"You want a McWhat?!"

When I first heard that I would be spending the summer in Charleston, SC I began applying for awesome jobs at little bookstores, marinas, and even a bike rental shop. I could just picture myself wearing white shorts, a polo shirt, and some Sperry's while hanging out on a dock and directing people to their yachts. Well it turns out that I am working at McDonalds. I spend everday under those golden arches serving Big Macs and french fries to the masses in Goose Creek, SC.
Over the past month I have made a few obervations about McDonald's and its lovely customers.
1. People think that if you put "Mc" in front of something we will automatically sell it. "No, we do not have a McHot Dog sir. You made that up." "I'm sorry, we do not have McWhoppers." These things are not uncommon to say.
2. People are very passionate about their food at McDonalds. If you get something wrong it is not enough to say you will fix it right away and get them a McDouble without pickles. They will still hate you for tainting their precious burger.
3. There is only $0.19 difference between a McDouble and a Double Cheeseburger. People tend to order the Double Cheeseburger thinking it is a $1 instead of $1.19 and of course it is your fault that they got confused.
4. People never complete their order. It is not enough to tell me that you want a number 10 but people do it all the time. Then, when I ask them if they would like Coke with that they give me attitude. As if I should just know what kind of drink they wanted with their nuggets.
5. The most common order is a McDouble and a Mickey D Sweet Tea which comes to $2.16. People who order this usually don't have all their teeth. At least this is the case in Goose Creek, SC.

Over all McDonald's has been a good experience so far. I have been able to interact with all different kinds of people. Apparently the majority of CEO's in North America worked at McDonald's at one point in their lives. I have nothing to back up that statistic, I am just hoping it is true and that this job will rocket launch my life as a successful entrepreneur. It seems like my only other option is continuing to work at McDonald's for the rest of my life.