Sunday, November 22, 2009

192 - When tough-looking guys do non-tough-looking things

Every morning here at my university, I have a free breakfast that comes along with the fee of my accommodation. I love breakfast, and I get really crabby if I miss it. So, I make sure to be up at 7:30, and I get dressed and everything to leave my room at 7:55.

When I get to the canteen at 8 o'clock, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, there's a guy there that works as a server. I'm about the height of his shoulder, barely, yet he's the one that serves me, a guy that's shorter and scrawnier, food.

I'm very wary of the fact that this guy's bigger than me, and it makes me uncomfortable asking him to perform a simple task like putting a sausage or an egg on a plate. There's something about big guys in the catering industry, especially at a university serving breakfast, that's deeply unnerving. I don't quite know what to think about it, because whenever I ask for some toast or some beans, he'll look at me with this menacing gaze that reads, "I don't actually like to work here. I hate this job, but I'm doing it because I need the money."

It's very discomforting, and I almost want to resort my breakfasts to only the other days of the week, when a smaller, friendlier Vietnamese girl works the line instead.


plentymorefishoutofwater said...

Haha, you have power issues, Michael! I used to be a dinnerlady in a university halls of residence, as it happens.
Nice post.

Shimmer said...

it is kinda uneasy to order around a big person.

why dont you try bossing him arround and see what happens :D

Elizabeth said...

Don't you mean you stay up all night waiting for breakfast?



tattytiara said...

I'm not really able to wish people smaller than me worked in the service industry, seeing as how child labour's been outlawed and all.

Kate said...

I like it! I never used to make the breakfast at uni - always overslept! Kate x