The people have spoken, and the majority of folks like me, as I like them. But there’s always those outliers. Believe it or not, some people don’t like me. And I’m fine with that. But before you pass judgement, take a long hard look at yourself.
I don’t intentionally try to piss people off or come across as a jerk. I want you to like me. It’s part of the gig. But I expect to be treated fairly. I’m sure you’ve heard, “do unto others as you wish done to yourself.”
My biggest pet peeve is people who come in and immediately use the equipment as their own personal lounge. It’s like nothing is sacred. You would be amazed at how many people come in and lean on the glass case. For starters, it’s an antique glass case; and while it has had repairs, it’s still 40+ years old. AND IT’S GLASS! So I’ve actually put a sign on top of it that says “Don’t Lean on the Glass.” And I still have to remind people to not lean on the glass.
My biggest worry is that someone leans to hard and the whole thing shatters. Briefly, imagine huge shards of glass scattered around what used to be a beautiful glass case. Now imagine a person leaning on the case as the glass gives way and that person falling into the glass. All because someone couldn’t stand up right. They walked into the cafe on their own, but standing upright on their own for a few more minutes wasn’t an option.
And secondly, I don’t need you to smudge the glass. In fact, I would prefer that you didn’t put your fingerprints on the glass case. It’s supposed to be clean. I physically clean it so you can see the goodies inside of it. So if you do touch or lean on the glass, don’t be surprised if I call you out on it. And under no circumstances, should you attempt to make a joke out of smudging my case. I know 2 wrongs don’t make a right, but let’s put it like this – You smudge my case, I smudge your Life.
The other No No is the prep table. As a customer, you can use any seat or dining table in the cafe. The single table you may not use is the prep table because that’s where food is prepared. Sometimes I put hot pans on it and you will burn yourself if you touch them or the table. It’s not even my rule. It’s the Health Department’s rule and i’m obligated to follow it. And yet, people go right for it. That’s the reason why Dickie’s or Subway have those walls with the plexi glass that extends towards the ceiling. It’s so you don’t touch the prep area.
So, one of the more common inappropriate uses of the prep table is by older women carrying big hand bags. They don’t even break stride. They walk up to the prep table and fling that big hand bag right on the table. I don’t know what’s in those things, but I’m sure it’s heavy and a burden to lug around all the time.
And I know where it’s been. It’s been on every counter, seat, floor board, shopping cart, parking lot, and general ground you roam. Do you want to eat off the floor of a department store dressing room?
It’s been so bad that I posted Rule #3 – Don’t Use the Prep Table. So if you are an older woman carrying an oversized handbag, don’t get upset when I ask you to remove your bag from the prep table. It’s not a big deal. There is a counter, table, 4 stools, and 4 chairs behind the prep table. Any of those places are acceptable for large hand bags.
I’m just saying, before you consider me rude or even unkind, take a long hard look at yourself and your actions.