The moment you get your first service industry job, it feels like you’re inducted into a secret club, as you suddenly become privy to all the tips and tricks of the trade. It can be a demanding job, having to answer to pushy guests, manage endless rushes, and being on your feet all day can be exhausting. But the camaraderie in that type of job is unmatched, as you face daily battles together. It’s either sink or swim and if you figure out how to swim, you’re in.
I worked at a coffee shop for a long time and have the war stories to show for it. Customers can be oblivious to their surroundings, and managing their egos is just as important as making coffee. Often I had to be a therapist and a barista at the same time. It was a difficult job, but it was also exhilarating and helped me keep active. This meme list is for anyone who’s ever been a part of that club.