The Clown™ celebrates its 50th Anniversary today. Well, not the clown himself (he’s only 42), but it was 50 years ago that Ray Kroc opened up the first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Illinois.
I was one of the troops from 1981-1986 (along with Ric the Schmuck). The Mrs. did her tour of duty just a few years ago. To mangle Dickens: “It was the best of jobs. It was the worst of jobs.” Everyone should be required to work there. Seriously.
For one thing, there is nothing that will teach you coping skills like having to run grill by yourself during a bus. Any organizational abilities I have came from doing a thousand things at once whilst wearing orange-brown pajamas and a paper hat.
For another, there is nothing that will make you appreciate your current job like a few years of being treated (and paid) like the lowest life form in the universe and being reminded every single day that there are a million teenagers ready to take your place.