I spoke to the guy who made my sandwich today for a while about his recent run-in with a cucumber slicer (among weather, local bars and venues, and girls). A couple days ago, he was slicing and dicing with an industrial sized destroyer of wanna-be pickles. His hand slipped, and the device cut off the fucking tip of his thumb. “Clean off”, he said, “there was hardly even any blood…. at first”. My first thought was, why the hell are you even here right now? Under his plastic gloves throbbed a thick, “nude” colored, thumb cast which grew from below his second knuckle all the way to the top. Said it would take at least 4, if not 7 or 8, months for the tip to grow back completely. But there he stood, making my sandwich (even though I offered to hop the counter and make it myself) with one good hand and a set of totally useless digits lacking an opposable one, not bitching about it at all. In fact, he probably wouldn’t have mentioned it without me bringing it up.
Where is the other employee, for the love of Man give this guy some help up here! Then the truth, the terrible truth, finally came out. He was there working all by himself. His boss left, presumably to schmooze some local bitches that he “owns” (take the term w/ a grain of pepper) a “restaurant” (take that term with some salt & pepper). I asked him if he’d be getting some workman’s compensation, or at least a few paid off days while he grows back a fucking appendage. “Nope. Boss says this sort of thing ain’t covered.” Good God man. Do any of these places treat their employees well at all??
I watched Fast Food Nation about a month ago and it didn’t quite stick until I met this dude today. Perhaps the movie was designed, by accident, to only be triggered by a sort of hypnopersonal experience akin to the Dr. Hurt‘s “Zur En Arrh” mental trigger of the Batman. Though who’s the better subliminal controller: Richard Linklater or the worldwide fast-food corporate machines? (No answer is needed here) Apparently Yum! Brands Incorporated is abusing workers rights both here and abroad, and has been for some time now. After this experience I’m NOT eating at this specific restaurant, the second largest operator globally behind “Yum!“, until further notice. I’m already banning Applebee’s from my diet for some chicken wings that looked like blackened worm intestines in the middle, I guess I can add [take a guess] to the list also. It’s too bad this guy probably can’t afford a good lawyer, cause he could take a big bite out of these mother fuckers.