Everyday life at McDonald’s


Robert Stevens, Staff Writer

How did I get a job at Mcdonalds?

Well around the second week of school, one of my friends that I had just met two days prior, offered me a job there because I was complaining about money and wanting a new job. So I applied there and they accepted me. I was so happy that I got the job and couldn’t wait to start, but I did have to sign a bunch of paperwork and my hand felt like it was going to explode after a while. But besides that I officially started working August 28 at 11:00am.

What is everyday life like working at Mcdonalds like?

 Well, I have been working there for about a month now and I have to say, I already have some great stories that I will be sharing in this article. 


What days of the week do I work?

 Since I am 15, everything is very limited to me. Basically I don’t have a lot of options, so I only work on the weekends. Because I have to go school during the week, the only time I’m free is on the weekends. But when summer comes around I’ll be able to start working on weekdays since I won’t have school to worry about. That also includes holidays.


What is my job position at Mcdonalds?

So I only work at the drive thru which is where I would either help customers get their payments confirmed for their order or I would give the customers their order. On my first day, when I got there. I was really nervous that I wouldn’t understand anything. But within an hour, I already knew how everything worked. So I’d say my job position is pretty easy. But it can get stressful on busy days, especially when you’re exhausted from not getting enough sleep.


When do I start and end my shift?

I only work 11am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. I get up around 9:00-9:30am to get ready and then I start my shift. After around three hours I would legally have to go on break for around 30 minutes because, like I said, I’m 15 and there are a lot of restrictions I have to follow. While I’m on my break, I can eat lunch and relax for a while. Then after my 30 mins are up, I would go straight back to work until it’s time to leave.


What is it like dealing with customers?

There can be very nice customers who treat you like a regular human being, but then there are those other types of customers who treat you like garbage. There are some stories I wish I could tell, but I can’t because they are not appropriate. But I will share one story that isn’t that bad.


The water incident

So one day when I was working, a lady decided to only get two large waters with ice. I thought, Well this will be easy to do. So I got two waters ready to go, but then the customer came up and grabbed the waters and said, “I don’t want these waters anymore.” I asked her why, and she said that “The waters are not equally aligned together.” When she said this I had to tell her that I can’t take it back because it’s just water, it’s free so I couldn’t do anything about it. When I told her that, she was very upset with me and decided to throw one of the waters at my (thankfully) closed window and drive off. 

When something like that happens to you, you just have to pretend that nothing happened and just move on with your day. I know it’s hard to ignore something like that, but you’re going to have to because you wouldn’t want to be mad for the rest of your day working to take deep breaths and going throughout the day not thinking about it and talk with your coworkers as well for support, because they definitely have felt like this before and know how to go through it. They will definitely help you.


Is it worth it working in the fast food industry?

Yes, especially starting young because you will definitely get some work experience that you need later in life. It will help you start to realize that you need to stay committed to work and not slack off. It also helps you understand what it’s like for someone to work in the food industry and what their struggles are like. It also helps you boost your confidence by being more social with customers and your co-workers, and it helps to be more patient and learn how to work with others that are difficult. For example, after “the water incident”, I had to tell myself just to stay calm and to not think about it. And in order for that to work, you would have to have a lot of patience so you don’t have a major freak out with a customer.