Food Service and Me

Tonight, I worked concessions for the volleyball game. It was very busy and chaotic–our lines were continuously long because our team did so well, we had a new worker, and our registers kept going off line….and I got like 3 new burns on my hands. However, I still enjoyed it. I love working concessions.

My first job was working at CiCi’s Pizza Buffet when I was 16. In retrospect, it wasn’t the greatest working environment ever, and the management was really bad. However, for a first job, it was great! And the perks! I ate for free and my family ate for free. It was also a very busy environment, especially with school fundraisers, so I got used to working fast pace and multitasking.
I worked at CiCi’s until I graduated high school. Then, I got a job with BYU Concessions. I have held that job for 4 years now, and gotten numerous raises and promotions. I am one of the most experienced workers there. When I am on the schedule, my peers don’t have to worry. I love working Concessions.
During football and basketball, I manage different stands, ran by local restaurants or non-profit groups for fundraising. During all the rest of the sports, conferences, etc, I manage one stand and work inside it as well. I love doing it. However, the worst part comes at the end of the night. After we clean up and do ending inventory and count our money, we have to put it all in a Excell spreadsheet and see if we balance under 1% variance. If you don’t, that means recounting money and recounting inventory. It means freaking out and worrying why. But, the worst part is making sure to read the receipt correctly and put each of the correct net deposits, net sales, etc, etc in the correct cell. I have been doing this for 3 years and it still freaks me out. It still worries me that I will put the wrong number in the wrong cell and mess up the whole equation and be hundreds of dollars off. But, tonight, I wasn’t…I was .53% off–missing $7. I was good.
Although I want to be a teacher and then a stay-at-home mom, I want to manage or even own a restaurant sometime in my life. I love working fast food, but I don’t want to make it my career. It is more like a hobby to me and I want to keep with it. Making the food, interacting with customers, the fast-pace, and just managing is fun. I really want to own a restaurant someday–I hope I really do!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.