Friday, July 03, 2009

I'm new

I went to McDonald's to get my crack (see: sweet tea) and was waiting in line behind a gentleman. The girl working at the register appeared to be in her early 20's and based on her accent and poor English, it's safe to assume she was from a Spanish speaking country. The man gave his order and his total was $5.72. He handed her a 5 dollar bill along with some change. She put the $5 in the register then started to intensely examine every single coin he gave her. She looked at one side, flipped it over, examined the other side, looked at the edges, over and over for every single coin.

Everyone in line was just staring at her, wondering what the hell she was doing. I thought maybe they've had an influx of Canadian coins (several from me, I know for sure) and they've been instructed to make sure they were all American coins. Finally after several minutes of this the guy said, "Are you checking to make sure they're not fake?" She just looked up and smiled at him. After a few more turns of the coins, she put them in the register and gave him back 3 pennies.

I had already had my money in hand, as I know that my crack is the mere price of $1.05. I walked up, ordered my crack, and handed her a $1 bill and a nickel. She put the dollar in the register and then started examining the nickel, the same way she had with the previous coins. After a few moments she looked up at me and said, "Is this five cents?" I was speechless for a moment. Then I smiled and said, "Yes." She replied with, "I'm new."

WHAT? NEW?? NEW TO WHAT? MONEY? THE FUCKING COUNTRY? Now, I completely understand that when someone comes to this country from another country, they need to learn our currency. However, these are NOT the people you have WORKING THE FUCKING REGISTER!!!!! How did they not know that she did not know what a fucking nickel was? Why isn't she in the back making the burgers? Fast food cannot be fast when the person taking the money doesn't know what the money is worth!

Fucking irritating, I tell ya.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a fun, safe and happy 4th!

Deep Throat of the Day: You won't get any begging like that! (said to the dog, you pervs!)

40 comments:

Jim McKee said...

Are you near DC? I was in Arlington a couple of years ago, and I swear, it must a law there that only immigrants from non-English speaking countries are allowed to work at fast-food joints.

Grant said...

Maybe they had her in back, but she didn't know what cow meat was.

Even better than that, I went to a Hooters once who had a waitress with what sounded to be an Eastern European accent. At least I think it was - she barely spoke, and didn't understand any English at all, including words like menu, wings, and beer. The other waitresses had to take our orders, put the food and pitchers into her hands, aim her at our table and point.

And in college I think the head of the chemistry department had a fetish going on. Every chem lab instructor was a young Western Asian (Vietnamese, Laotian, etc.) man with such limited English that basic communication was nearly impossible, not to mention lectures on chemical compounds. The students in every lab would look bewildered and ask each other what chapter we were doing that week (they didn't do them in order) until somebody heard a word they could place or saw something written on the board that gave us a clue, then we would tune the instructor out and finish our work from the book.

Then I transferred from the state university to DeVry, which wisely hires excellent teachers for the entry level courses and throws uneducated foreigners at you for the upper level classes since you're stuck with them at that point and less likely to drop out or lose your credits in a transfer. That's just part of why I'm such a fan of higher education.

April said...

YUP!! You hit the nail on the head. I'm right next to Arlington in Springfield. I've never seen a non-English speaking person working at any fast-food places around here. Except for one guy who was rather attractive and had this "bad boy" look to him. He didn't look too young either, actually around my age, which surprised me. So I made up a story in my head that he was working as many jobs as he could to support all of his children with his different babies-mammas! hee hee. I'm an asshole.

April said...

Grant: People don't go to Hooters to get good service, rather good LOOKING service. Was she hot?

Hubman said...

And here I was, thinking that Nathan's had the market cornered for the title of "World's worst/dumbest customer service"!

This story of yours surpasses my annoyance with "Press 1 for English"- it's the United States, why should I have to Press 1!?!?!

Have a good weekend!

R said...

Many moons ago, I was a college graduate with no job and no prospects. I literally got in a car with a friend and traveled across the country looking for work.

I wound up in Nashville where there was a large production community and plenty of places to drop off my resume. To make ends meet, my friend and I lived in a cheesy roach-infested motel and I worked days at McDonalds.

After about a week on the grill, they stuck me on the drive-thru with no training whatsoever, on the morning rush shift.

I lasted about fifteen minutes. The problem? I couldn't understand the language. Everyone spoke "Southern", and between the accent and that damn drive-thru speaker, I couldn't understand a thing. They stuck me back on the grill, where I struggled mightily with difference between an "egg biscuit" and "eight biscuits" (if you're reading this and can't understand my confusion, say it out loud. In Southern).

I also worked with a woman from Louisiana with the thickest Cajun accent I ever heard. No one understood a damn thing she said.

I don't know what this has to do with anything, but I was definitely out of place that day. At least someone knew better than to keep me there.

{{ d a n i m o }} said...

LMFAO! "new to what? money?" hahaha you really crack me up, april! how have i never discovered you until today?!

but most of all i really appreciate your understanding of peoples from different backgrounds. :) without that your humor wouldn't be funny, and you're definitely a hilarious gal! ^_^

Amy(LamBi)Ne said...

" Now, I completely understand that when someone comes to this country from another country, they need to learn our currency."

I presume Christopher Columbus knew the Indian currency - the rupee? Why the hell would he call them Indians? Stupidity or ignorance?

Kisses,
-Amy

Ron said...

UMMM WOW, that's all I got.

Organic Meatbag said...

I know this is the land of opportunity and all, but there's no opportunity out there for anybody that doesn't even bother to learn the language or even learn the fucking monetary system here!!

Anonymous said...

Racist cunt.

Anonymous said...

Racist cunt.

Grant said...

How come you get all the fun, mean comments? Nobody ever insults me on my blog. What makes you so bloody special?

April said...

Anonymous: Fuck you. I'm a racisit cunt because I expect people taking money at a register to know what the fucking money is worth? YOU are an ignorant asshole who can go fuck yourself.

Grant: I don't know. Maybe they're not as afraid of me as they are from you. You are the Grantichrist after all.

The Lily said...

Don't forget, female. It's much easier to pick on girls when you are anonymous which is generally synonymous with "pussy."

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