Oh God no! Not Customers. I hate customers. They are certifiable insane!!!
My job would be easy if it weren’t for the public………..
…which is why I’m sooo glad I outgrew the service industry; it’s true, you know. Hell *is* other people.
I don’t know…I have some fond memories of my time in retail and fast food.
At Sonic (age 16) I made oodles of money in tips (approx $13/hr).
At Wal-Mart (age 20) the job was less boring than some, and I got pulled to be in a commercial (as a customer because they interviewed me for it on my last day).
At a little hammock store in a Dallas mall (age 21) I got paid to spend a summer in comfy clothes, sitting in hammocks all day, reading books (as per the instructions of the shop owner…not because I was slacking). 😛
Then again, you couldn’t pay me enough to go back into the service or retail industries. 😉
On a good night in the restaurant where I tended the bar, I could pull down $100-$200 in tips. But I still quit…too stressful and the partying after hours became too much to recover from in a resonable amount of time.
Depends on where you are. I delivered pizza in downtown Indpls in 1984, nights only, and I was lucky to get $13/week in tips. The cheapest single thing that delivered cost $4.95, and 80% of the time I wouldn’t even get the nickle. Once or twice per month, I would be loaned out to the near eastside or southside locations. I loved that because I could get around $15/night those places…more jobs, less welfare. The poor parts are worse now than 26 years ago. I think this city is dieing faster than it’s rebuilding.
$13/hr in tips at a fast food place? I work at McDonald’s and we’re not even ALLOWED to accept tips (not that it ever really comes up).
It’s even more interesting in the ministry–when we know the customers (as well as the minsters, of course) are sinners…
Yas, but then you were dispensing tips, not receiving them. 😛
“Never offer more than you can afford to lose.” — Grandad
And, again, Pablo hits us with a quick whiplash from pathos to comedy (or vice-versa, other times).
My funnybone is now in a neckbrace…
“…Please keep your hands, arms and feet inside the ride at all times. Wapsi Square is not responsible for any items that are lost, tossed, broken or damaged….”
Third try to post this tonight: LOL!!!
Heh, that was quick.
Crud, my Gravatar thing was doing something weird…
LOL!!! She’s right, though. And Monica might enjoy it.
At the very least, Monica can work the counter while Tina works the expresso machines…
The word espresso has no X’s. Not one. So please stop butchering the word. It’s just too gruesome for me to handle.
Aw, Nancy that wasn’t nice. R U a n00b 2 teh internetz!? Vince misspelled a word. Mistakes happen. I see horrific spelling and grammar all the time. I know I commit misspellings and grammatical errors. Sometimes it is due to time constraint, sometimes it is due to laziness or sometimes it’s a typo. Life is too short to get hung up on stuff like that. Unless it counts for 50% of your grade don’t worry about it. Here have an espresso, a biscotti and my tattered copy of Eats, Shoots and Leaves 😉 If you have to do it the preferred method of correction is:
*espresso. TL/DNR: Life is short.
Oh yeah, customers. I forgot other people besides Monica n the girls went to mucho mocha
If one of those customers is a carbo-silicate amorph named ‘Schlock’, then I will be mightily pleased!
Agatha Heterodyne … Dominic Deegan … Kevin & Kell … XKCD’s “Man With the Hat” … each one speaking in that Seattle cafe lingo that infuriates those of us who are waiting to order a “plain old cuppa Joe”.
If Agatha Heterodyne and Tina ever meet the world may explode… also the coffee would be “PERFECT!”
Nononono….. Agatha is NOT allowed in a coffee shop ever again… Tarvek refuses it *L*
Heck, why not Tarvek, himself? Tina has a life-sized doll in her basement. He’d like that.
Next there will be a bunch of fanfics with Mary Sue baristas saving Tina’s coffee shop for her. 😀
That’s one strip that I wish would get rid of it’s title character. But why would you expect something that only seems to drink “genuine imitation Ovalquick” to be in a coffee shop, anyway?
Ha! Fair’s fair, after all…
I hope Tina hasn’t lost her
“I known what you want” power.
Me too .
those tears dried quickly.
still it IS her reason for existing so i expect the coffee shop would come first on tinas list of priorities 🙂
I thought bakery girl knew how to run the machine.
i belive that the bakery girl isnt there. Anyway i am not sure if trina isnt just pushing the tears off for work;) or one part of the collective is scared senceless while the other just shruged it off
Life moves on. :3 I suspect that she would probably have her moments from time to time. However, right now it’s time to make coffee. ;3
I could imagine the demons collectively thinking, “OK! That’s enough closeness for now!” 🙂 They aren’t used to it. But it was also normal for Tina to suddenly snap from a meaningful conversation to simply serving coffee and “blowing sunshine up people’s asses.”
Why am I unsurprised that Nudge is the one who worked the machines?
And if Nudge worked the machines, it was likely the Collective that did the “beverage selection”… or could a demon handle a task like that solo?
I don’t see any indication that Nudge was the “the one who worked the machines” – i think Tina is just hoping they can both do it, figuring it’s gonna take two people to handle the press of customers.
I think it’s just a sheer traffic issue..
Should we put a distress call out to the crew at the Coffee of Doom?
Hooray QC! Another fine comic that I enjoy! I pity MM’s customers though… going from a demon (albeit a very cute and friendly one) that always knows just what they want to pickle carrot espresso mostrosities. Especially since they’re left with Faye running the store, since Dora’s interest in Marten’s porn habits is apparently more important than her business…
A yerba mate and espresso mixture to summon Yog-Sothoth…
Ohhhh, just think of what Tina would see in Faye’s Ora!
“Tina, why’d you just sock that girl with the glasses in the gut?”
“That’s what her aura said she wanted!”
No, because even with their two new employees, they’re a bit short-handed. Ever since Sara got eaten by that allosaurus, and Raven went off to get her doctorate in Physics, Dora, Faye and Penelope have had to run the place themselves. It’s affected traffic, unfortunately.
I hope Hannelore and Cosette turn it around so Dora, Faye, and Penelope can relax some ^_^
Allosaurus? About when did that happen?
well! talk about separation of private and public! the instant she heard customers she was like ding! back to work! no tears now! the show must go on and all that!
Heh heh! Good old Tina. It’s nice to see that she hasn’t changed much.
I’m a little nervous since Tina normally doesn’t have a ton of customers. I hope it’s not a paranormal army or huge centipede or something like that.
*pokes* That’s for being paranoid. 🙂
That’s funny. All those nice jobs left you with a sunny disposition. 🙂
I like to think so. 🙂
Well, imagine what would happen if a giant centipede started serving itself while they were gone! You’d have giant jittery centipede stumbling over it’s own feet. Think of the destruction it could cause!
The scene in the library was so dark and ominous and surprising, plus I’m thinking of the scary scene the last time Monica was in the basement. It’s hard to not worry about what will happen next.
*double pokes* Now now…I bet a caffinated centipede would probably vacate the premises double-time (especially if he hadn’t paid yet). The only destruction that would concern me in that case would be chairs and perhaps other customers knocked over in his wake. Nothing a few biscotti and a little manual labor can’t fix. 😀
Wow! You were in a good mood today! No matter what happens, it can be fixed. 🙂
Hmm. I might have tried to make you worry with thoughts of giant hyper spiders chasing after people, but caffeine really messes them up. Seriously. 🙄
I think I remember seeing something a long time ago that was supposed to scare me away from drugs. It showed the results of scientific studies about how LSD and THC, etc., messed up the ability of spiders to make webs. (If I’m ever reincarnated as a spider, I’ll try to remember that.) Anyway, there is a funny parody, produced by the Film Board of Canada, I think, on YouTube (and elsewhere). The video is sHzdsFiBbFc or search for “Spiders on Drugs”.
And you DO want him to leave before someone asks the inevitable question “How do you remember which foot goes where, and when?”
Then he may NEVER leave…
Oh, yeah. Especially if it had to turn and go out of a doorway at the same time. It wouldn’t be able to look back and try to figure things out.
I guess the video I mentioned is more of a parody of a nature film. Anyway, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHzdsFiBbFc.
@eschmenk – Yes, I was in a very good mood on Friday. 😀 That said, I do try to make it my policy to see the silver lining in most situations. It’s a handy tool if you have a serious tendency to be hyper-judgmental (which I am) and have an imperfect filter between your brain and your mouth (which I do). 😉
And I appreciate your comment before posting that link so I will not go and check out spiders on caffeine. I have no interest in ruining a Monday that is actually turning out to be a good one. 😛
FWIW, the video has spiders, but the first link just has pictures of spider webs. I think the idea was to look at the webs to judge how much the spider’s behavior was effected by the drugs.
Hmm…caffeine did really mess up that web… 😀
Coffee and bugs! Here you go.
I think most of the time the “girls” come early or late for their coffee, thus avoiding the usual crowd at Mucho Mocha. Let’s face it Tina couldn’t survive just on her friends’ patronage. Damn, that makes me feel like a coffee and a Biscotti.
Right. Heather met her new girlfriend there, for example. But in this case, Tina acted as if it were an unusual number of customers and so she needed help this time. I realize that there could be a logical reason for it (the customers built up because no one was serving them), but I had this creepy feeling, anyway.
Well it is Friday, so I can understand the hopefully residual creepy feeling!
Well, if they come in one at a time, it’s not hard to keep up. But if there are several, who have been waiting and wondering where the barista is…
LOL Pablo. Well, I read that as “Great! Can you take care of the shop while I go have my nervous breakdown?!!”
Tina the Practical… LoL!
I approve! Nothing wrong with a healthy dose of practicality! 🙂
True, but so soon aftter an NDE, this borders on fanaticism.
Nah! It’s more likely a coping mechanism. 🙂
Caffeine addicts!! Java Junkies!!!
Must be the Fox 11 Morning News Team.
Seriously, though – what if it WAS Nudge that did all the “aura” reading? Tina’s going to be in a world of hurt at making coffee for everyone…
I guess we’ll find out.
I think it would just be a little awkward having to ask each time, where before she pretended to remember each person’s preference. She said that she didn’t use her ability to read auras for much and normally didn’t let people know that she was doing it. The biggest problem might be in loosing the ability to sense what was bothering a person and therefore not knowing how to cheer them up. I think that not being able to do that would bother Tina more.
We know it would. I recall a comic in which Tina remarked how she didn’t see how normal people function without the aura reading ability.
I have Asperger’s Syndrome, and I have to say — there isn’t much I wouldn’t give for the ability to read auras, even just enough to compensate for my inability to “read” faces.
Nah. Nudge just suggested that people get something other than what they normally get, gave prophetic wisdom and advice, and kinda told Tina to do crazy crap. I know. I just read through THE ENTIRE THING!!! Talk about a large buffer lol. You keep writing, I’ll keep reading.
Been reading this for a couple hours a day for the last, hmm, week I think. Great webcomic and I’m lovin’ it. Gah, sounded like a certain fast food commercial there. Keep up the awesomeness.
Sometimes, the best cure is just getting back to work and doing what you do best, and what you love.
Worked for Captain Kirk.
I saw this today and all I could think was… “Nudge?”
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