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by ktstamps, 8:24 PM
People have asked where I have been lately and if I am enjoying my Starbucks experience. A little history…I am a PE teacher in Seattle. I have been teaching for 29 years and last year I decided I wanted to take this year off. My ultimate goal was to work part time and then go to Palm Springs and volunteer at “The Living Dessert”. Well I decided that I would try my hand at Starbucks and when I transferred to PS, I would be able to get a job at Starbucks.
I got the job I wanted and I am proud to say that I have been working at Starbucks for 4 days. On day 3, I read all about the register and did that job for about 1-2 hours. I was slow and it was very busy there! :) (I have to smile due to the fact, I slowed the line down and I couldn’t even repeat the drinks they were telling me!) My shift I will be working is from 4:15 AM – 12:45 PM. (So, I am getting up really early!) On Saturday my shift started at 5:15. I got to set up the pastries. Yes, you guessed it…the pastries weren’t set up for the morning customers. I tried but I am so slow and they have to be so perfect. Other partners had to help me get it set up so we could just pull them off the shelf and into the customer’s hands. I also got to run the register. IT WAS SO BUSY…the manager was smart and pulled me off so the more experience people could take orders and ring them up. I was supposed to write on cups what the customers ordered. I feel like I am speaking another language. But we were hit so hard, I did pastry, I messed up the coffee pot…we had to wait for it to be reset, I made customers sooo mad, OH MY! Really, all I can do is laugh. That is the way I deal with my feelings before I have a meltdown. I am trying to stay cool and calm but my insides are going crazy and my head is running so fast that I can’t keep up. I feel this is great for my outlook on life and it makes me use my mind again. (When you have been teaching for 29 years, you can go on auto-pilot and you just know what to do! With this new adventure, my learning curve is so HIGH! I want to be good and be part of the team. I like to make other look good and I want to make their jobs easier.) So, tomorrow, I am up at 3:30 and learning how to write on cups so I can multi-task…register, write on cups, get brewed drinks, get pastries, put sandwiches in the oven…oops, I haven’t even learned how to run the oven. I just have to laugh! So…I still need to learn how to make the different drinks and learn the drive thru! But, I absolutely love what I am doing! :)
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