Why Your Jack in the Box Employee Hates You

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The latest installment in that ongoing series you readers love to hate takes us behind the scenes at one of the greasiest spots on earth: Jack in the Box. Take an as-told-to guided tour of the hate with a former JITB employee who spent three formative high school years slinging burgers. She was even a shift leader for a year.

This is a lady who really knows her Frings. And is clearly still not over her experience, though she does have fond memories of the time she and co-workers fashioned a bong out of a tomato.

Yes, you read that right. Now read all about Why Your Jack in the Box Employee Hates You.

1. Drunk people in the drive-thru during graveyard shift. One chola girl tried to cut me through the window because i forgot her fries. i had to lock the window until she drove away!

Get the rest of the ketchup-laden truth after the jump.

 

2. Rude people who treat fast food workers like low class citizens. Once i got so mad at a man for being mean to me that I deep-fried his burger patty instead of cooking it on the grill.

(Side note: I also used to deep fry burger patties between 3:30 and 5:30 am because we had to have the grill SPOTLESS for the morning crew and if someone ordered a burger, it ruined the surface and we had to clean it all over again. But most of the customers who come during that time were kinda drunk anyway and I don't think they noticed.)

3. Walk-up people in the drive-thru window during graveyard.

4. People who give you a coupon after you hand them their change.

5. People who don't read the menu and ask stuff like, "Do you guys have, like, a bacon cheeseburger melt or something like that?"

6. People who order another business' fast food menu item instead of the one they are at. 

7. Separate orders in one car. It holds up the line and is muy confusing!

8. People who ask for WAY more ketchup packets than they need. They order one burger and ask for 12 packets??

9. Creepy people who park for hours and watch the person working the drive-thru window.

10. My ALL-TIME thing i hated the most: People in the drive-thru lane who are sitting at the window in their car and STARE into the store -- right at you while you put their order together.

Still hungry? Come back for more with Why Your Pizza Delivery Guy Hates You and Why Your Busboy Hates You.

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Jesse Moody
Jesse Moody

I worked at the JITB on 43rd AVE and Thomas in Phoenix,AZ in 1981 when I was in highschool. Everything said here is true. However we neverdeep fried hamburgers never heard of that. Working the graveyard shift wealways got the drunks, we were expected to clean the entire store, prep all thefood items for the morning crew and still keep the drive thru open all night.Sometimes we would shut the drive thru down because we had too much work to getdone. It really sucked when you had lazy people on your shift. There really area lot of rude and weird people out there. Anyone that has ever worked fast foodknows what I am talking about. As for the person who mentioned of them nowhiring Mexicans well I am white and my kids worked in restaurants while inhighschool. How are all of these highschool kids today getting their money forclothes, phones, ipods ect. Probably from mommy and daddy who think their kidsare too precious to work. If you were good parents you would teach your teenagershow to be responsible. There is no better way to learn this than by workingpart time. Who do you expect to be working in these restaurants now since yourprecious fat lazy kids are sitting in front of an Xbox?

Guest
Guest

to all these people hating, try working at jack. I dare you.  You wouldn't last one week. People who don't have cars can't order because you are most likely a homeless wierdo or a robber. 

Guest
Guest

I worked there this year, all the above is true. In fact it has gotten much worse. They hire nobody thats speaks english. So I have to deal with everybody, add there fact only 2 people work at night if that. I quit after she started ripping me off on my checks and hours. She wanted me to come in at 10pm and not clock in till 11pm. Also there are no breaks, but they still take that out of your check too. All the above things were illegal, but this company is going down so hard they don't care. I quit and called ice.

Hungry Customer
Hungry Customer

The people are staring into the window because they're trying to figure out why it's taking you so long to grab their food -- that's clearly sitting right there under the warming lights -- put it in a bag, and hand it to them so they can actually get going..

Milfdar
Milfdar

The Deep Frying of a burger patty is considered a sign of love in some cultures.

Anthony84
Anthony84

as far as the last one i can relate. i used to work at a fast food place drive thru (not jack) and now that i think about it, it was kinda creepy when people stare from their cars into the work area. imagine someone staring at you through a window. very voyeuristic.

Xirizius
Xirizius

I completely disagree with this one:

"My ALL-TIME thing i hated the most: People in the drive-thru lane who are sitting at the window in their car and STARE into the store -- right at you while you put their order together"

Most people politely place and pay for their order. At this point, there is absolutely nothing inconsiderate or inappropriate about simply looking over to your left as you wait for your order - no different than watching the guy at Subway or a bartender mixing your drink.

If this is your ALL-TIME complaint than likely you were the problem, not the customers.

Ms Info
Ms Info

In defense of people who do #5, JitB changes the look of the drive-thru menu much more frequently than any other fast food chain. Sometimes, you're just not patient or sober enough to scan the whole damn thing again, trying to figure out where they put the slider burgers and how much they cost w/o the combo.

ZakRulz
ZakRulz

What's wrong with walking up to the drive-tru when that's all that's open?

Anthony84
Anthony84

because it is dangerous, they could get hit by a car if the car comes whipping around like they usually do.

Hock
Hock

Why do you care about giving out ketchup?

Lance Boyle
Lance Boyle

Why your readers hate you, part... what, about 30 now?

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