That’s what I thought today as I stood at my demo at work putting samples out as fast as I could get them into cups and onto the trays. I never saw this much traffic in the middle of summer. Not everyone has left town to escape the heat.
Speaking of heat, the desert has been in the triple digits for the past three weeks with no end in sight. We have to wear so many clothes to work that I was practically sick from the heat by the time I got off today. A penguin suit isn’t the coolest thing in the world. And on top of that we have an apron, gloves, hairnets and hats and heavy duty shoes with socks. I wasn’t made to wear this much clothing in the summer, but its part of the job and probably why I always have an athlete’s foot problem.
I knew it was going to be a rough day when I arrived at work and there were already about a hundred people there ready to rush in with shopping carts once they opened the doors. Today most people weren’t the least bit interested in hearing anything about the product at all. They wanted to eat and even announced they were there for lunch. Of course this isn’t everyone that comes in shopping and eating, but probably ninety-five percent of them. People can be the most impatient creatures I ever saw sometimes. We have barrier screens up to give us a place to prepare the samples before we’re ready to put them out for the hoards that are waiting.
Sometimes these guards do no good. People will reach over, or snake their hands and arms through a tiny crack to get a sample early since they have no intention of buying anything anyway. Would you go into the kitchen of a restaurant and help yourself? I don’t think so. And then they look so aghast when we have to throw the whole tray away and start over. They don’t even seem to care if we’ve just swept up the messes on the floor and need to change our gloves to serve them. They want the food NOW.
Thank goodness for the understanding shoppers because they do make us feel better about doing our jobs the right way. It’s really nice when those people come along because preparing food and cleaning up after people while I’m smiling and acting cheerful all day is a tough situation. Just standing on my feet all day is hard enough and the sweat running down my back doesn’t help either. So the friendly people can really make my day.