Tuesday, 27 June 2017


In the school diner there are two hot food serving counters.  Two people work alongside on each.

First Food Counter
Server 1: We’ll be running out of beans soon.  You can take some from the container on the other counter.

Server one prises the bean container out of the steaming bain marie. 

Server 1: Take that over to the counter and get some beans put into it.

Server two takes the container over to the second food counter but can’t find a way into the bean pot as two servers are in the way and serving a busy queue of people.  Server two returns without the beans.

Server 1:  What’s the problem?
Server 2: I can’t find a way to get to the beans without disrupting the servers.
Server 1: (Tut) Just MOVE the trolley out of the way and get them.

Server two returns to the second food counter.

Server 2:  Excuse me.  Sorry.  Can I just squeeze in between you both to get some beans from the front? 

The flow of production ceases and the queue comes to a standstill whilst server 2 ladles a few scoops of beans into the container and hurriedly gets back to the first food counter to slot the replenished beans back into the bain marie.

Server one watches intently as a flustered server two struggles to get the container back into the hot water bath without splashing hot water up her arms.  Service is finished. 


Server 1:  Looks like we didn’t need them after all. 

Server one turns off the unit and hangs up her oven gloves for the day looking triumphant.

Server two blinks a teary eye.


  1. Server 2 might want to go home and write a story which ends in her calmly pouring said beans all over the diner floor and walking out of that place with a satisfied smile on her face!
    Hope you are okay Simone xxx

  2. That's something else isn't it. Poor server 2. I hope you are well, warm greeting!

  3. Oh Simone sounds like you are having a tough time - I take it things are not getting any better. Thinking of you x

  4. Poor, poor server two.

    Hope you are well.

    Julie xxxxxxx

  5. Server 2 needs to tell Server 1 to go get the beans herself next time!!!
    V x

  6. Oh, how thoughtless of server 1 to put server 2 through all that for nothing, such a thoughtless thing to do. I don't like the sound of him or her at all:)

  7. Good grief, Simone! I think I would have poured a spoonful of beans over Server 1's head!!
    Hope you can sort this out, or tell Server 1 where to go! (excuse my bluntness!)
    You deserve better treatment, sweet friend. xx


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