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    Restaurant workers: Dreadful dish that haunts you?

    I am well aware of how ordering a particular menu item can unintentionally cause immense stress to the restaurant staff. Having worked in restaurants myself, I know that every dining establishment has that one cursed menu item. It’s the dish that, for some inexplicable reason, is incredibly difficult and time-consuming to prepare.
    stressed restaurant worker with text "please order literally anything else"
    I still freshly feel the anguish that I had over 10 years ago. I was working at the chic local diner, Steak ‘n Shake, and just longing for the sweet release of death with every passing moment. Nothing could match the soul-crushing tyranny that would consume my soul the instant someone uttered those haunting words, ‘I want a side by side shake.’.
    As much as I wanted to smile and say “Sure!” I would have to fight the cringe creeping up into my facial expression, so the attempted smile would look like I was in actual pain. Honestly? I was. Side by side shakes were my nemesis when I did my time at that restaurant. The customers couldn’t have known that making them was slowly dwindling away my very essence because it’s triple the work of making a normal shake.
    Even if we as customers don’t know that a menu item might be stressful (and traumatizing, TBH) for the employee to make, it’s still not fun for them. So, I turn to you, BuzzFeed Community. Do you work at a restaurant or have worked at one in the past?
    If you have, tell us the menu item that always caused way too much stress to make. Did you work at McDonald’s, and whenever someone ordered a McGriddle, you’d mute the headset and scream to yourself? Did you ever consider leaping from the drive-thru window at a Taco Bell to escape making a Mexican pizza?
    taco bell building with overlayed image of mexican pizza
    Maybe you worked at Starbucks, and after seeing a school bus pull into the parking lot, you’d know right away that an entire youth baseball team was about to erupt through the doors and you’d be doomed to whip up at least 27 Frappuccinos, meanwhile making just one of them is already annoying enough?
    Frappuccino with text that says "my therapist will be hearing about this"
    Express your stress in the comments! If you’d rather stay incognito because you’re currently at work, hiding from customers in the walk-in, you can also fill out this anonymous Google form! Let us know what restaurant, the menu item it is, and why it’s so annoying/stressful/tedious to make. Your comment could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!

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