Overhead at Starbucks:
"See Sarah, if you quit school, you'll end up working a crappy job like serving coffee." - Mom to daughter
Umm... Lady, that was rude. The daughter didn't make a comment, but I heard your remark. Despite the fact that I'm wearing an apron and stupid hat, that doesn't make me deaf.
Excuse me, but I have a Bachelor's degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services with an English minor. I didn't quit school. I graduated and my grades were actually pretty good. I was on the Dean's List my last semester.
This economy sucks. It's hard to find a job, whether you graduated college or not. It's even harder to find a job in your field that you like. Some of us do get stuck serving coffee or flipping hamburgers. That doesn't make us less human or make you better than us. Would you tell a nurse that she was settling for a bad job because she wasn't a doctor? No, because that would be rude. I am never rude to people working in food service or any type of customer service. They are humans and deserve to be treated with respect, even if they are not happy. They could be having a bad day. We don't know. Follow the Golden Rule and treat others with respect.
The male cashier with the big smile and is incredibly kind, he has two Bachelor's degrees, History and Anthropology. He plans on getting his Master's degree and becoming an archeologist. The female supervisor on the check lanes has a degree as an Ultrasound Technician, but there are no openings. Several others cashiers are college students, needing money for food and books. Please, just be kind.
Your barista puts up with a lot of people; people that return drinks half drank and then complain it tastes cold, claim you didn't hear they wanted it iced or with whole milk. People will be rude and demanding. She might just smile, but inside what you said... Hurts. Granted some are rude, but most are just working a job so they can eat and have a place to sleep. Please, be kind. Don't be ignorant and think we all want to be stuck in this job forever and that we failed at life.
Also, tips are appreciated. We put up with rude people all day. :)
Rant over. Sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes. Thanks for listening!