Sentinel-Echo.com

Columns

September 9, 2013

My point is... Breakfast in a bag

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The country roots are obvious as a plate of fresh homemade biscuits and gravy adorned with a minimum of three strips of fried bacon are placed on the table.

The clatter of the fork against the serene porcelain plate is the only sound as the hungry patrons devour the breakfast feast that also includes hash browns and eggs -- all fixed atop of grease-laden grill.

Streams of classic rock, country and some country-reggae blend echo in the building as the sizzle of steaks, hamburgers, bacon and other menu items hitting the grill provide brief interruptions in the usual routine of employees exchanging orders, delivering food, and talking with customers.

The heat from the grill and fryers never leave the employees cold until a door or drive-thru window lets in the outside air. Inside the building, it is a world within itself, obscured from any reality other than preparing food for customers.

The duty varies from cooking and cleaning, stocking supplies, and providing prompt, courteous service to the customers who enter the doors. The pay is low, and many of those employed in this business environment struggle to keep a car operational enough to transport them back and forth to this job that brings little respect from the general public. The tips are the butter for the bread for most of the workers, whose pay ranges to minimum wages of the 1970s.

Irate customers who insult and degrade their livelihood and/or lack of education for a “better” job create a greater sense of despair for these workers whose managers and owners also often contribute to the destructive spiral of poverty  and diminishing self-esteem. It is nothing to ask these workers to serve food, then scrub the baseboards of the tiled facility in the same shift. It is nothing to ream them for exceeding their time limit in serving an order, then ask them to mop the floor and risk falling on the floor where they will be walking to serve that food. The hours of standing on a concrete floor take its toll on the circulation system, causing swelled feet and legs.

Text Only
Columns
Facebook
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
     View Results