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10 Things Your Waiter Won't Tell You, But That You Really Should Know

10 Things Your Waiter Won't Tell You, But That You Really Should Know


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There’s a reason why a lot of struggling actors and actresses take jobs as servers at restaurants: Being a waiter or waitress is very much a performance, one where they need to smile and nod and make it appear as if they’re having a good time and that the restaurant is doing everything in its power to accommodate you. But in reality, there are a whole lot of things that servers secretly wish they could tell you without running the risk of getting fired. Here are 10 things that your waiter really wishes you knew.

You Shouldn’t Ask for Lemon in Your Drink
Those garnishes aren’t washed before they’re cut up by someone who isn’t wearing gloves, then they spend hours sitting out in a tray until they’re picked up (again, by someone who isn’t wearing gloves) and put in your drink. If you must have lemon, just squeeze the juice into your drink, don’t plop the whole thing into it.

They Really Don’t Want You to Order Hot Tea
Hot tea takes forever to make. Just stick with coffee.

Don’t Let Your Kid Order
They don’t have all day to wait for little Johnny to decide what he wants to eat, then ask him to repeat himself because he’s whispering and shy. Parents, order for your kids.

Don’t Ever Leave a Bad Tip
Contrary to popular belief, the tip you leave doesn’t go right into your server’s pocket. Most tips are pooled, meaning that if you stiff your server, you’re also stiffing the bartender, kitchen crew, and everyone else at the restaurant.

Don’t Ever Whistle at Them or Touch Them
Your server isn’t your slave. Treat them like human beings and you’ll make their lives a little better.

You May Not Always Get What You Request
If a restaurant doesn’t have skim milk in stock and you ask for it for your coffee, you’ll be getting two percent. If the soup is made with chicken stock and you ask if it’s vegetable stock, they’ll probably tell you it’s vegetable stock.

Make Room for Your Food
When a runner comes to your table holding hot plates of food, make sure that there’s room in front of you for him to put them down. If his hands are full, he’s not going to magically be able to move that water glass.

Be Honest
If you don’t want tomatoes in your salad, don’t say that you’re allergic to them, just say you don’t like them. Many restaurants take allergies very seriously, and will use clean knives, cutting boards, etc. in order to avoid any contact with the allergen. Just be honest, and you’ll save everybody trouble.

If You Don’t Like Something, Send It Back
There’s no reason to suffer through a dish you hate, or to eat three quarters of it before sending it back. If you take a bite and you really don’t like it, tell the server and you’ll be allowed to swap it out. If you’re able, pinpoint what exactly you don’t like about the dish when sending it back, so the server can let the chef know.

When The Meal Is Over, Leave
The more tables turn over, the more money the restaurant (and its staff) makes. Once you’ve paid your bill, take the conversation outside and let another party sit.


10 Things Your McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker Really Wants You to Know

Sorry but you probably can't get a Frappé after 9:00 at night.

While my high school friends were lounging around our local pool as lifeguards, or answering phones in a perfectly air-conditioned office, I was running around a greasy McDonald's drive-thru. Four years of blood (ew, just kidding), sweat (not in the food, don't worry!), and tears (yes, I did cry a few times) taught me a lot about the fast food industry. So here are the 10 things your McDonald's drive-thru worker (me) really wants you to know.

1. Ordering sauces at the drive-thru window will take 10x longer. A 10-piece McNugget meal comes with two sauces for free and at some McDonald's you'll be charged for any additional sauces. So if you pull forward to the window and ask for a third barbecue sauce, I will have to take your extra money, run over to the closest register, wait for the person who's actually assigned to that register to finish with their customer, ring in your sauce, get your change, grab the sauce, and then bring them to you. This whole drawn-out process can just be avoided if you order your extra sauce at the speaker box with your meal.

2. Yes, you will be charged for the cup of water. Like extra sauces, some McDonald's locations charge for a cup of water. It's only a few cents to cover the cost of the paper cup, but your drive-thru person has to charge you. So please don't order the water at the drive-thru window in the hope that you won't be charged, 'cause dude, I just work here &mdash I don't make the rules.

3. "Regular" is not a size. McDonald's doesn't have some fancy lingo for the sizes of its meals, like Starbucks. There's just small, medium, and large sizes for most meals. So when I ask you what size Filet-O-Fish meal you want, don't order a "regular." If you do I'll be forced to guess whether you mean small or medium, and on most occasions my guess is wrong.

4. Vegetarians: Ordering a cheeseburger with no meat is actually cheaper than ordering a McDouble with no meat. A lot of vegs will order a McDouble without meat, so they can get a warm bun with cheese, onions, mustard, and ketchup for cheap. And even though McDoubles are on the Dollar Menu, the regular cheeseburger is a few cents cheaper. You might only be saving 2 cents per order, but if you do that 55 times, that's another no-meat burger you get for free!

5. I didn't make your burger. I get it &ndash it's super annoying to have someone mess up your lunch order, but please don't bring the sass with me. I entered your order into the computer correctly, but whoever made your burger in the kitchen (ie: not me) must have slipped up and given you no pickles when you asked for extra. I'd be happy to get you a new burger, but please don't tell me "you messed up my order," because I didn't.

6. If you come in at 9 PM, you probably can't order a Frappé. The McCafe machine is cleaned out with cleaning solution every single night. If you come in an hour before close, it's likely that the machine has already been cleaned for the night and your order won't be filled.

7. No, the food is not disgusting behind the scenes. Like any restaurant, McDonald's works under strict health codes. We are constantly cleaning on the job and "secret shoppers" come through almost weekly to judge how our restaurants are running. Rest assured, if a McDonald's worker did anything unsanitary, they'd be fired outright.

8. I'm not giving you free food. Sorry, Guy I Worked With On A Bio Project Three Years Ago, I will not give you free fries. I'm not risking my job, so you can save $2.17.

9. The greeting at the speaker box is a recording. You've probably heard this a thousand times: "Hi! Would you like to try our new [insert food item here] today? Order when ready!" Sorry to pull the curtain, but the Wizard isn't real. It's just a recording, so please don't say "what?" afterward, just order your meal, so I can get you your food ASAP.

10. We work our butts off. Working at a fast food restaurant may not seem like an important job, but don't get it twisted, it's hard work. You're constantly being timed, expected to do everything at once, and have to deal with sassy customers with a believable smile plastered to your face, even if all you want to do is cry. It's extremely stressful and most people quit after their first day. Please don't belittle my choice to make money by "flipping burgers," because this job has taught me a lot.


10 Things Your McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker Really Wants You to Know

Sorry but you probably can't get a Frappé after 9:00 at night.

While my high school friends were lounging around our local pool as lifeguards, or answering phones in a perfectly air-conditioned office, I was running around a greasy McDonald's drive-thru. Four years of blood (ew, just kidding), sweat (not in the food, don't worry!), and tears (yes, I did cry a few times) taught me a lot about the fast food industry. So here are the 10 things your McDonald's drive-thru worker (me) really wants you to know.

1. Ordering sauces at the drive-thru window will take 10x longer. A 10-piece McNugget meal comes with two sauces for free and at some McDonald's you'll be charged for any additional sauces. So if you pull forward to the window and ask for a third barbecue sauce, I will have to take your extra money, run over to the closest register, wait for the person who's actually assigned to that register to finish with their customer, ring in your sauce, get your change, grab the sauce, and then bring them to you. This whole drawn-out process can just be avoided if you order your extra sauce at the speaker box with your meal.

2. Yes, you will be charged for the cup of water. Like extra sauces, some McDonald's locations charge for a cup of water. It's only a few cents to cover the cost of the paper cup, but your drive-thru person has to charge you. So please don't order the water at the drive-thru window in the hope that you won't be charged, 'cause dude, I just work here &mdash I don't make the rules.

3. "Regular" is not a size. McDonald's doesn't have some fancy lingo for the sizes of its meals, like Starbucks. There's just small, medium, and large sizes for most meals. So when I ask you what size Filet-O-Fish meal you want, don't order a "regular." If you do I'll be forced to guess whether you mean small or medium, and on most occasions my guess is wrong.

4. Vegetarians: Ordering a cheeseburger with no meat is actually cheaper than ordering a McDouble with no meat. A lot of vegs will order a McDouble without meat, so they can get a warm bun with cheese, onions, mustard, and ketchup for cheap. And even though McDoubles are on the Dollar Menu, the regular cheeseburger is a few cents cheaper. You might only be saving 2 cents per order, but if you do that 55 times, that's another no-meat burger you get for free!

5. I didn't make your burger. I get it &ndash it's super annoying to have someone mess up your lunch order, but please don't bring the sass with me. I entered your order into the computer correctly, but whoever made your burger in the kitchen (ie: not me) must have slipped up and given you no pickles when you asked for extra. I'd be happy to get you a new burger, but please don't tell me "you messed up my order," because I didn't.

6. If you come in at 9 PM, you probably can't order a Frappé. The McCafe machine is cleaned out with cleaning solution every single night. If you come in an hour before close, it's likely that the machine has already been cleaned for the night and your order won't be filled.

7. No, the food is not disgusting behind the scenes. Like any restaurant, McDonald's works under strict health codes. We are constantly cleaning on the job and "secret shoppers" come through almost weekly to judge how our restaurants are running. Rest assured, if a McDonald's worker did anything unsanitary, they'd be fired outright.

8. I'm not giving you free food. Sorry, Guy I Worked With On A Bio Project Three Years Ago, I will not give you free fries. I'm not risking my job, so you can save $2.17.

9. The greeting at the speaker box is a recording. You've probably heard this a thousand times: "Hi! Would you like to try our new [insert food item here] today? Order when ready!" Sorry to pull the curtain, but the Wizard isn't real. It's just a recording, so please don't say "what?" afterward, just order your meal, so I can get you your food ASAP.

10. We work our butts off. Working at a fast food restaurant may not seem like an important job, but don't get it twisted, it's hard work. You're constantly being timed, expected to do everything at once, and have to deal with sassy customers with a believable smile plastered to your face, even if all you want to do is cry. It's extremely stressful and most people quit after their first day. Please don't belittle my choice to make money by "flipping burgers," because this job has taught me a lot.


10 Things Your McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker Really Wants You to Know

Sorry but you probably can't get a Frappé after 9:00 at night.

While my high school friends were lounging around our local pool as lifeguards, or answering phones in a perfectly air-conditioned office, I was running around a greasy McDonald's drive-thru. Four years of blood (ew, just kidding), sweat (not in the food, don't worry!), and tears (yes, I did cry a few times) taught me a lot about the fast food industry. So here are the 10 things your McDonald's drive-thru worker (me) really wants you to know.

1. Ordering sauces at the drive-thru window will take 10x longer. A 10-piece McNugget meal comes with two sauces for free and at some McDonald's you'll be charged for any additional sauces. So if you pull forward to the window and ask for a third barbecue sauce, I will have to take your extra money, run over to the closest register, wait for the person who's actually assigned to that register to finish with their customer, ring in your sauce, get your change, grab the sauce, and then bring them to you. This whole drawn-out process can just be avoided if you order your extra sauce at the speaker box with your meal.

2. Yes, you will be charged for the cup of water. Like extra sauces, some McDonald's locations charge for a cup of water. It's only a few cents to cover the cost of the paper cup, but your drive-thru person has to charge you. So please don't order the water at the drive-thru window in the hope that you won't be charged, 'cause dude, I just work here &mdash I don't make the rules.

3. "Regular" is not a size. McDonald's doesn't have some fancy lingo for the sizes of its meals, like Starbucks. There's just small, medium, and large sizes for most meals. So when I ask you what size Filet-O-Fish meal you want, don't order a "regular." If you do I'll be forced to guess whether you mean small or medium, and on most occasions my guess is wrong.

4. Vegetarians: Ordering a cheeseburger with no meat is actually cheaper than ordering a McDouble with no meat. A lot of vegs will order a McDouble without meat, so they can get a warm bun with cheese, onions, mustard, and ketchup for cheap. And even though McDoubles are on the Dollar Menu, the regular cheeseburger is a few cents cheaper. You might only be saving 2 cents per order, but if you do that 55 times, that's another no-meat burger you get for free!

5. I didn't make your burger. I get it &ndash it's super annoying to have someone mess up your lunch order, but please don't bring the sass with me. I entered your order into the computer correctly, but whoever made your burger in the kitchen (ie: not me) must have slipped up and given you no pickles when you asked for extra. I'd be happy to get you a new burger, but please don't tell me "you messed up my order," because I didn't.

6. If you come in at 9 PM, you probably can't order a Frappé. The McCafe machine is cleaned out with cleaning solution every single night. If you come in an hour before close, it's likely that the machine has already been cleaned for the night and your order won't be filled.

7. No, the food is not disgusting behind the scenes. Like any restaurant, McDonald's works under strict health codes. We are constantly cleaning on the job and "secret shoppers" come through almost weekly to judge how our restaurants are running. Rest assured, if a McDonald's worker did anything unsanitary, they'd be fired outright.

8. I'm not giving you free food. Sorry, Guy I Worked With On A Bio Project Three Years Ago, I will not give you free fries. I'm not risking my job, so you can save $2.17.

9. The greeting at the speaker box is a recording. You've probably heard this a thousand times: "Hi! Would you like to try our new [insert food item here] today? Order when ready!" Sorry to pull the curtain, but the Wizard isn't real. It's just a recording, so please don't say "what?" afterward, just order your meal, so I can get you your food ASAP.

10. We work our butts off. Working at a fast food restaurant may not seem like an important job, but don't get it twisted, it's hard work. You're constantly being timed, expected to do everything at once, and have to deal with sassy customers with a believable smile plastered to your face, even if all you want to do is cry. It's extremely stressful and most people quit after their first day. Please don't belittle my choice to make money by "flipping burgers," because this job has taught me a lot.


10 Things Your McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker Really Wants You to Know

Sorry but you probably can't get a Frappé after 9:00 at night.

While my high school friends were lounging around our local pool as lifeguards, or answering phones in a perfectly air-conditioned office, I was running around a greasy McDonald's drive-thru. Four years of blood (ew, just kidding), sweat (not in the food, don't worry!), and tears (yes, I did cry a few times) taught me a lot about the fast food industry. So here are the 10 things your McDonald's drive-thru worker (me) really wants you to know.

1. Ordering sauces at the drive-thru window will take 10x longer. A 10-piece McNugget meal comes with two sauces for free and at some McDonald's you'll be charged for any additional sauces. So if you pull forward to the window and ask for a third barbecue sauce, I will have to take your extra money, run over to the closest register, wait for the person who's actually assigned to that register to finish with their customer, ring in your sauce, get your change, grab the sauce, and then bring them to you. This whole drawn-out process can just be avoided if you order your extra sauce at the speaker box with your meal.

2. Yes, you will be charged for the cup of water. Like extra sauces, some McDonald's locations charge for a cup of water. It's only a few cents to cover the cost of the paper cup, but your drive-thru person has to charge you. So please don't order the water at the drive-thru window in the hope that you won't be charged, 'cause dude, I just work here &mdash I don't make the rules.

3. "Regular" is not a size. McDonald's doesn't have some fancy lingo for the sizes of its meals, like Starbucks. There's just small, medium, and large sizes for most meals. So when I ask you what size Filet-O-Fish meal you want, don't order a "regular." If you do I'll be forced to guess whether you mean small or medium, and on most occasions my guess is wrong.

4. Vegetarians: Ordering a cheeseburger with no meat is actually cheaper than ordering a McDouble with no meat. A lot of vegs will order a McDouble without meat, so they can get a warm bun with cheese, onions, mustard, and ketchup for cheap. And even though McDoubles are on the Dollar Menu, the regular cheeseburger is a few cents cheaper. You might only be saving 2 cents per order, but if you do that 55 times, that's another no-meat burger you get for free!

5. I didn't make your burger. I get it &ndash it's super annoying to have someone mess up your lunch order, but please don't bring the sass with me. I entered your order into the computer correctly, but whoever made your burger in the kitchen (ie: not me) must have slipped up and given you no pickles when you asked for extra. I'd be happy to get you a new burger, but please don't tell me "you messed up my order," because I didn't.

6. If you come in at 9 PM, you probably can't order a Frappé. The McCafe machine is cleaned out with cleaning solution every single night. If you come in an hour before close, it's likely that the machine has already been cleaned for the night and your order won't be filled.

7. No, the food is not disgusting behind the scenes. Like any restaurant, McDonald's works under strict health codes. We are constantly cleaning on the job and "secret shoppers" come through almost weekly to judge how our restaurants are running. Rest assured, if a McDonald's worker did anything unsanitary, they'd be fired outright.

8. I'm not giving you free food. Sorry, Guy I Worked With On A Bio Project Three Years Ago, I will not give you free fries. I'm not risking my job, so you can save $2.17.

9. The greeting at the speaker box is a recording. You've probably heard this a thousand times: "Hi! Would you like to try our new [insert food item here] today? Order when ready!" Sorry to pull the curtain, but the Wizard isn't real. It's just a recording, so please don't say "what?" afterward, just order your meal, so I can get you your food ASAP.

10. We work our butts off. Working at a fast food restaurant may not seem like an important job, but don't get it twisted, it's hard work. You're constantly being timed, expected to do everything at once, and have to deal with sassy customers with a believable smile plastered to your face, even if all you want to do is cry. It's extremely stressful and most people quit after their first day. Please don't belittle my choice to make money by "flipping burgers," because this job has taught me a lot.


10 Things Your McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker Really Wants You to Know

Sorry but you probably can't get a Frappé after 9:00 at night.

While my high school friends were lounging around our local pool as lifeguards, or answering phones in a perfectly air-conditioned office, I was running around a greasy McDonald's drive-thru. Four years of blood (ew, just kidding), sweat (not in the food, don't worry!), and tears (yes, I did cry a few times) taught me a lot about the fast food industry. So here are the 10 things your McDonald's drive-thru worker (me) really wants you to know.

1. Ordering sauces at the drive-thru window will take 10x longer. A 10-piece McNugget meal comes with two sauces for free and at some McDonald's you'll be charged for any additional sauces. So if you pull forward to the window and ask for a third barbecue sauce, I will have to take your extra money, run over to the closest register, wait for the person who's actually assigned to that register to finish with their customer, ring in your sauce, get your change, grab the sauce, and then bring them to you. This whole drawn-out process can just be avoided if you order your extra sauce at the speaker box with your meal.

2. Yes, you will be charged for the cup of water. Like extra sauces, some McDonald's locations charge for a cup of water. It's only a few cents to cover the cost of the paper cup, but your drive-thru person has to charge you. So please don't order the water at the drive-thru window in the hope that you won't be charged, 'cause dude, I just work here &mdash I don't make the rules.

3. "Regular" is not a size. McDonald's doesn't have some fancy lingo for the sizes of its meals, like Starbucks. There's just small, medium, and large sizes for most meals. So when I ask you what size Filet-O-Fish meal you want, don't order a "regular." If you do I'll be forced to guess whether you mean small or medium, and on most occasions my guess is wrong.

4. Vegetarians: Ordering a cheeseburger with no meat is actually cheaper than ordering a McDouble with no meat. A lot of vegs will order a McDouble without meat, so they can get a warm bun with cheese, onions, mustard, and ketchup for cheap. And even though McDoubles are on the Dollar Menu, the regular cheeseburger is a few cents cheaper. You might only be saving 2 cents per order, but if you do that 55 times, that's another no-meat burger you get for free!

5. I didn't make your burger. I get it &ndash it's super annoying to have someone mess up your lunch order, but please don't bring the sass with me. I entered your order into the computer correctly, but whoever made your burger in the kitchen (ie: not me) must have slipped up and given you no pickles when you asked for extra. I'd be happy to get you a new burger, but please don't tell me "you messed up my order," because I didn't.

6. If you come in at 9 PM, you probably can't order a Frappé. The McCafe machine is cleaned out with cleaning solution every single night. If you come in an hour before close, it's likely that the machine has already been cleaned for the night and your order won't be filled.

7. No, the food is not disgusting behind the scenes. Like any restaurant, McDonald's works under strict health codes. We are constantly cleaning on the job and "secret shoppers" come through almost weekly to judge how our restaurants are running. Rest assured, if a McDonald's worker did anything unsanitary, they'd be fired outright.

8. I'm not giving you free food. Sorry, Guy I Worked With On A Bio Project Three Years Ago, I will not give you free fries. I'm not risking my job, so you can save $2.17.

9. The greeting at the speaker box is a recording. You've probably heard this a thousand times: "Hi! Would you like to try our new [insert food item here] today? Order when ready!" Sorry to pull the curtain, but the Wizard isn't real. It's just a recording, so please don't say "what?" afterward, just order your meal, so I can get you your food ASAP.

10. We work our butts off. Working at a fast food restaurant may not seem like an important job, but don't get it twisted, it's hard work. You're constantly being timed, expected to do everything at once, and have to deal with sassy customers with a believable smile plastered to your face, even if all you want to do is cry. It's extremely stressful and most people quit after their first day. Please don't belittle my choice to make money by "flipping burgers," because this job has taught me a lot.


10 Things Your McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker Really Wants You to Know

Sorry but you probably can't get a Frappé after 9:00 at night.

While my high school friends were lounging around our local pool as lifeguards, or answering phones in a perfectly air-conditioned office, I was running around a greasy McDonald's drive-thru. Four years of blood (ew, just kidding), sweat (not in the food, don't worry!), and tears (yes, I did cry a few times) taught me a lot about the fast food industry. So here are the 10 things your McDonald's drive-thru worker (me) really wants you to know.

1. Ordering sauces at the drive-thru window will take 10x longer. A 10-piece McNugget meal comes with two sauces for free and at some McDonald's you'll be charged for any additional sauces. So if you pull forward to the window and ask for a third barbecue sauce, I will have to take your extra money, run over to the closest register, wait for the person who's actually assigned to that register to finish with their customer, ring in your sauce, get your change, grab the sauce, and then bring them to you. This whole drawn-out process can just be avoided if you order your extra sauce at the speaker box with your meal.

2. Yes, you will be charged for the cup of water. Like extra sauces, some McDonald's locations charge for a cup of water. It's only a few cents to cover the cost of the paper cup, but your drive-thru person has to charge you. So please don't order the water at the drive-thru window in the hope that you won't be charged, 'cause dude, I just work here &mdash I don't make the rules.

3. "Regular" is not a size. McDonald's doesn't have some fancy lingo for the sizes of its meals, like Starbucks. There's just small, medium, and large sizes for most meals. So when I ask you what size Filet-O-Fish meal you want, don't order a "regular." If you do I'll be forced to guess whether you mean small or medium, and on most occasions my guess is wrong.

4. Vegetarians: Ordering a cheeseburger with no meat is actually cheaper than ordering a McDouble with no meat. A lot of vegs will order a McDouble without meat, so they can get a warm bun with cheese, onions, mustard, and ketchup for cheap. And even though McDoubles are on the Dollar Menu, the regular cheeseburger is a few cents cheaper. You might only be saving 2 cents per order, but if you do that 55 times, that's another no-meat burger you get for free!

5. I didn't make your burger. I get it &ndash it's super annoying to have someone mess up your lunch order, but please don't bring the sass with me. I entered your order into the computer correctly, but whoever made your burger in the kitchen (ie: not me) must have slipped up and given you no pickles when you asked for extra. I'd be happy to get you a new burger, but please don't tell me "you messed up my order," because I didn't.

6. If you come in at 9 PM, you probably can't order a Frappé. The McCafe machine is cleaned out with cleaning solution every single night. If you come in an hour before close, it's likely that the machine has already been cleaned for the night and your order won't be filled.

7. No, the food is not disgusting behind the scenes. Like any restaurant, McDonald's works under strict health codes. We are constantly cleaning on the job and "secret shoppers" come through almost weekly to judge how our restaurants are running. Rest assured, if a McDonald's worker did anything unsanitary, they'd be fired outright.

8. I'm not giving you free food. Sorry, Guy I Worked With On A Bio Project Three Years Ago, I will not give you free fries. I'm not risking my job, so you can save $2.17.

9. The greeting at the speaker box is a recording. You've probably heard this a thousand times: "Hi! Would you like to try our new [insert food item here] today? Order when ready!" Sorry to pull the curtain, but the Wizard isn't real. It's just a recording, so please don't say "what?" afterward, just order your meal, so I can get you your food ASAP.

10. We work our butts off. Working at a fast food restaurant may not seem like an important job, but don't get it twisted, it's hard work. You're constantly being timed, expected to do everything at once, and have to deal with sassy customers with a believable smile plastered to your face, even if all you want to do is cry. It's extremely stressful and most people quit after their first day. Please don't belittle my choice to make money by "flipping burgers," because this job has taught me a lot.


10 Things Your McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker Really Wants You to Know

Sorry but you probably can't get a Frappé after 9:00 at night.

While my high school friends were lounging around our local pool as lifeguards, or answering phones in a perfectly air-conditioned office, I was running around a greasy McDonald's drive-thru. Four years of blood (ew, just kidding), sweat (not in the food, don't worry!), and tears (yes, I did cry a few times) taught me a lot about the fast food industry. So here are the 10 things your McDonald's drive-thru worker (me) really wants you to know.

1. Ordering sauces at the drive-thru window will take 10x longer. A 10-piece McNugget meal comes with two sauces for free and at some McDonald's you'll be charged for any additional sauces. So if you pull forward to the window and ask for a third barbecue sauce, I will have to take your extra money, run over to the closest register, wait for the person who's actually assigned to that register to finish with their customer, ring in your sauce, get your change, grab the sauce, and then bring them to you. This whole drawn-out process can just be avoided if you order your extra sauce at the speaker box with your meal.

2. Yes, you will be charged for the cup of water. Like extra sauces, some McDonald's locations charge for a cup of water. It's only a few cents to cover the cost of the paper cup, but your drive-thru person has to charge you. So please don't order the water at the drive-thru window in the hope that you won't be charged, 'cause dude, I just work here &mdash I don't make the rules.

3. "Regular" is not a size. McDonald's doesn't have some fancy lingo for the sizes of its meals, like Starbucks. There's just small, medium, and large sizes for most meals. So when I ask you what size Filet-O-Fish meal you want, don't order a "regular." If you do I'll be forced to guess whether you mean small or medium, and on most occasions my guess is wrong.

4. Vegetarians: Ordering a cheeseburger with no meat is actually cheaper than ordering a McDouble with no meat. A lot of vegs will order a McDouble without meat, so they can get a warm bun with cheese, onions, mustard, and ketchup for cheap. And even though McDoubles are on the Dollar Menu, the regular cheeseburger is a few cents cheaper. You might only be saving 2 cents per order, but if you do that 55 times, that's another no-meat burger you get for free!

5. I didn't make your burger. I get it &ndash it's super annoying to have someone mess up your lunch order, but please don't bring the sass with me. I entered your order into the computer correctly, but whoever made your burger in the kitchen (ie: not me) must have slipped up and given you no pickles when you asked for extra. I'd be happy to get you a new burger, but please don't tell me "you messed up my order," because I didn't.

6. If you come in at 9 PM, you probably can't order a Frappé. The McCafe machine is cleaned out with cleaning solution every single night. If you come in an hour before close, it's likely that the machine has already been cleaned for the night and your order won't be filled.

7. No, the food is not disgusting behind the scenes. Like any restaurant, McDonald's works under strict health codes. We are constantly cleaning on the job and "secret shoppers" come through almost weekly to judge how our restaurants are running. Rest assured, if a McDonald's worker did anything unsanitary, they'd be fired outright.

8. I'm not giving you free food. Sorry, Guy I Worked With On A Bio Project Three Years Ago, I will not give you free fries. I'm not risking my job, so you can save $2.17.

9. The greeting at the speaker box is a recording. You've probably heard this a thousand times: "Hi! Would you like to try our new [insert food item here] today? Order when ready!" Sorry to pull the curtain, but the Wizard isn't real. It's just a recording, so please don't say "what?" afterward, just order your meal, so I can get you your food ASAP.

10. We work our butts off. Working at a fast food restaurant may not seem like an important job, but don't get it twisted, it's hard work. You're constantly being timed, expected to do everything at once, and have to deal with sassy customers with a believable smile plastered to your face, even if all you want to do is cry. It's extremely stressful and most people quit after their first day. Please don't belittle my choice to make money by "flipping burgers," because this job has taught me a lot.


10 Things Your McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker Really Wants You to Know

Sorry but you probably can't get a Frappé after 9:00 at night.

While my high school friends were lounging around our local pool as lifeguards, or answering phones in a perfectly air-conditioned office, I was running around a greasy McDonald's drive-thru. Four years of blood (ew, just kidding), sweat (not in the food, don't worry!), and tears (yes, I did cry a few times) taught me a lot about the fast food industry. So here are the 10 things your McDonald's drive-thru worker (me) really wants you to know.

1. Ordering sauces at the drive-thru window will take 10x longer. A 10-piece McNugget meal comes with two sauces for free and at some McDonald's you'll be charged for any additional sauces. So if you pull forward to the window and ask for a third barbecue sauce, I will have to take your extra money, run over to the closest register, wait for the person who's actually assigned to that register to finish with their customer, ring in your sauce, get your change, grab the sauce, and then bring them to you. This whole drawn-out process can just be avoided if you order your extra sauce at the speaker box with your meal.

2. Yes, you will be charged for the cup of water. Like extra sauces, some McDonald's locations charge for a cup of water. It's only a few cents to cover the cost of the paper cup, but your drive-thru person has to charge you. So please don't order the water at the drive-thru window in the hope that you won't be charged, 'cause dude, I just work here &mdash I don't make the rules.

3. "Regular" is not a size. McDonald's doesn't have some fancy lingo for the sizes of its meals, like Starbucks. There's just small, medium, and large sizes for most meals. So when I ask you what size Filet-O-Fish meal you want, don't order a "regular." If you do I'll be forced to guess whether you mean small or medium, and on most occasions my guess is wrong.

4. Vegetarians: Ordering a cheeseburger with no meat is actually cheaper than ordering a McDouble with no meat. A lot of vegs will order a McDouble without meat, so they can get a warm bun with cheese, onions, mustard, and ketchup for cheap. And even though McDoubles are on the Dollar Menu, the regular cheeseburger is a few cents cheaper. You might only be saving 2 cents per order, but if you do that 55 times, that's another no-meat burger you get for free!

5. I didn't make your burger. I get it &ndash it's super annoying to have someone mess up your lunch order, but please don't bring the sass with me. I entered your order into the computer correctly, but whoever made your burger in the kitchen (ie: not me) must have slipped up and given you no pickles when you asked for extra. I'd be happy to get you a new burger, but please don't tell me "you messed up my order," because I didn't.

6. If you come in at 9 PM, you probably can't order a Frappé. The McCafe machine is cleaned out with cleaning solution every single night. If you come in an hour before close, it's likely that the machine has already been cleaned for the night and your order won't be filled.

7. No, the food is not disgusting behind the scenes. Like any restaurant, McDonald's works under strict health codes. We are constantly cleaning on the job and "secret shoppers" come through almost weekly to judge how our restaurants are running. Rest assured, if a McDonald's worker did anything unsanitary, they'd be fired outright.

8. I'm not giving you free food. Sorry, Guy I Worked With On A Bio Project Three Years Ago, I will not give you free fries. I'm not risking my job, so you can save $2.17.

9. The greeting at the speaker box is a recording. You've probably heard this a thousand times: "Hi! Would you like to try our new [insert food item here] today? Order when ready!" Sorry to pull the curtain, but the Wizard isn't real. It's just a recording, so please don't say "what?" afterward, just order your meal, so I can get you your food ASAP.

10. We work our butts off. Working at a fast food restaurant may not seem like an important job, but don't get it twisted, it's hard work. You're constantly being timed, expected to do everything at once, and have to deal with sassy customers with a believable smile plastered to your face, even if all you want to do is cry. It's extremely stressful and most people quit after their first day. Please don't belittle my choice to make money by "flipping burgers," because this job has taught me a lot.


10 Things Your McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker Really Wants You to Know

Sorry but you probably can't get a Frappé after 9:00 at night.

While my high school friends were lounging around our local pool as lifeguards, or answering phones in a perfectly air-conditioned office, I was running around a greasy McDonald's drive-thru. Four years of blood (ew, just kidding), sweat (not in the food, don't worry!), and tears (yes, I did cry a few times) taught me a lot about the fast food industry. So here are the 10 things your McDonald's drive-thru worker (me) really wants you to know.

1. Ordering sauces at the drive-thru window will take 10x longer. A 10-piece McNugget meal comes with two sauces for free and at some McDonald's you'll be charged for any additional sauces. So if you pull forward to the window and ask for a third barbecue sauce, I will have to take your extra money, run over to the closest register, wait for the person who's actually assigned to that register to finish with their customer, ring in your sauce, get your change, grab the sauce, and then bring them to you. This whole drawn-out process can just be avoided if you order your extra sauce at the speaker box with your meal.

2. Yes, you will be charged for the cup of water. Like extra sauces, some McDonald's locations charge for a cup of water. It's only a few cents to cover the cost of the paper cup, but your drive-thru person has to charge you. So please don't order the water at the drive-thru window in the hope that you won't be charged, 'cause dude, I just work here &mdash I don't make the rules.

3. "Regular" is not a size. McDonald's doesn't have some fancy lingo for the sizes of its meals, like Starbucks. There's just small, medium, and large sizes for most meals. So when I ask you what size Filet-O-Fish meal you want, don't order a "regular." If you do I'll be forced to guess whether you mean small or medium, and on most occasions my guess is wrong.

4. Vegetarians: Ordering a cheeseburger with no meat is actually cheaper than ordering a McDouble with no meat. A lot of vegs will order a McDouble without meat, so they can get a warm bun with cheese, onions, mustard, and ketchup for cheap. And even though McDoubles are on the Dollar Menu, the regular cheeseburger is a few cents cheaper. You might only be saving 2 cents per order, but if you do that 55 times, that's another no-meat burger you get for free!

5. I didn't make your burger. I get it &ndash it's super annoying to have someone mess up your lunch order, but please don't bring the sass with me. I entered your order into the computer correctly, but whoever made your burger in the kitchen (ie: not me) must have slipped up and given you no pickles when you asked for extra. I'd be happy to get you a new burger, but please don't tell me "you messed up my order," because I didn't.

6. If you come in at 9 PM, you probably can't order a Frappé. The McCafe machine is cleaned out with cleaning solution every single night. If you come in an hour before close, it's likely that the machine has already been cleaned for the night and your order won't be filled.

7. No, the food is not disgusting behind the scenes. Like any restaurant, McDonald's works under strict health codes. We are constantly cleaning on the job and "secret shoppers" come through almost weekly to judge how our restaurants are running. Rest assured, if a McDonald's worker did anything unsanitary, they'd be fired outright.

8. I'm not giving you free food. Sorry, Guy I Worked With On A Bio Project Three Years Ago, I will not give you free fries. I'm not risking my job, so you can save $2.17.

9. The greeting at the speaker box is a recording. You've probably heard this a thousand times: "Hi! Would you like to try our new [insert food item here] today? Order when ready!" Sorry to pull the curtain, but the Wizard isn't real. It's just a recording, so please don't say "what?" afterward, just order your meal, so I can get you your food ASAP.

10. We work our butts off. Working at a fast food restaurant may not seem like an important job, but don't get it twisted, it's hard work. You're constantly being timed, expected to do everything at once, and have to deal with sassy customers with a believable smile plastered to your face, even if all you want to do is cry. It's extremely stressful and most people quit after their first day. Please don't belittle my choice to make money by "flipping burgers," because this job has taught me a lot.


10 Things Your McDonald's Drive-Thru Worker Really Wants You to Know

Sorry but you probably can't get a Frappé after 9:00 at night.

While my high school friends were lounging around our local pool as lifeguards, or answering phones in a perfectly air-conditioned office, I was running around a greasy McDonald's drive-thru. Four years of blood (ew, just kidding), sweat (not in the food, don't worry!), and tears (yes, I did cry a few times) taught me a lot about the fast food industry. So here are the 10 things your McDonald's drive-thru worker (me) really wants you to know.

1. Ordering sauces at the drive-thru window will take 10x longer. A 10-piece McNugget meal comes with two sauces for free and at some McDonald's you'll be charged for any additional sauces. So if you pull forward to the window and ask for a third barbecue sauce, I will have to take your extra money, run over to the closest register, wait for the person who's actually assigned to that register to finish with their customer, ring in your sauce, get your change, grab the sauce, and then bring them to you. This whole drawn-out process can just be avoided if you order your extra sauce at the speaker box with your meal.

2. Yes, you will be charged for the cup of water. Like extra sauces, some McDonald's locations charge for a cup of water. It's only a few cents to cover the cost of the paper cup, but your drive-thru person has to charge you. So please don't order the water at the drive-thru window in the hope that you won't be charged, 'cause dude, I just work here &mdash I don't make the rules.

3. "Regular" is not a size. McDonald's doesn't have some fancy lingo for the sizes of its meals, like Starbucks. There's just small, medium, and large sizes for most meals. So when I ask you what size Filet-O-Fish meal you want, don't order a "regular." If you do I'll be forced to guess whether you mean small or medium, and on most occasions my guess is wrong.

4. Vegetarians: Ordering a cheeseburger with no meat is actually cheaper than ordering a McDouble with no meat. A lot of vegs will order a McDouble without meat, so they can get a warm bun with cheese, onions, mustard, and ketchup for cheap. And even though McDoubles are on the Dollar Menu, the regular cheeseburger is a few cents cheaper. You might only be saving 2 cents per order, but if you do that 55 times, that's another no-meat burger you get for free!

5. I didn't make your burger. I get it &ndash it's super annoying to have someone mess up your lunch order, but please don't bring the sass with me. I entered your order into the computer correctly, but whoever made your burger in the kitchen (ie: not me) must have slipped up and given you no pickles when you asked for extra. I'd be happy to get you a new burger, but please don't tell me "you messed up my order," because I didn't.

6. If you come in at 9 PM, you probably can't order a Frappé. The McCafe machine is cleaned out with cleaning solution every single night. If you come in an hour before close, it's likely that the machine has already been cleaned for the night and your order won't be filled.

7. No, the food is not disgusting behind the scenes. Like any restaurant, McDonald's works under strict health codes. We are constantly cleaning on the job and "secret shoppers" come through almost weekly to judge how our restaurants are running. Rest assured, if a McDonald's worker did anything unsanitary, they'd be fired outright.

8. I'm not giving you free food. Sorry, Guy I Worked With On A Bio Project Three Years Ago, I will not give you free fries. I'm not risking my job, so you can save $2.17.

9. The greeting at the speaker box is a recording. You've probably heard this a thousand times: "Hi! Would you like to try our new [insert food item here] today? Order when ready!" Sorry to pull the curtain, but the Wizard isn't real. It's just a recording, so please don't say "what?" afterward, just order your meal, so I can get you your food ASAP.

10. We work our butts off. Working at a fast food restaurant may not seem like an important job, but don't get it twisted, it's hard work. You're constantly being timed, expected to do everything at once, and have to deal with sassy customers with a believable smile plastered to your face, even if all you want to do is cry. It's extremely stressful and most people quit after their first day. Please don't belittle my choice to make money by "flipping burgers," because this job has taught me a lot.