What is the dirtiest thing you have done at your workplace?

Mudassir Ali
Mar 02, 2020 02:48 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Mar 02, 2020 02:48 PM

15 years old in 1970. I had a job working at the local Shakey’s Pizza Parlor. I was “the new kid.” I started off pearl diving (washing dishes.) I was paid the grand sum of ONE WHOLE DOLLAR EVER HOUR! I was in tall cotton. I didn’t know you could make so much money. We were open until 1AM on Friday and Saturday nights. About 11PM my boss stuck his head inside the scullery to tell me “After closing, I need you to clean the grease trap. Somebody will come in later to show you how.”

I thought it odd at the time that we were waiting until closing. It already took me an hour to clean up after closing and this was an added chore. Why not do it now? I found out at 1PM after the last customer left. Sid came back and pointed to this steal box under the sink. “That’s the grease trap. Here’s how you open it.” And then he walked away. The grease trap is a thoroughly disgusting invention that does exactly what its name implies. Dirty dishwater from the sink comes in from one side, passes through a filter to capture any solids before they get into the main sewer where they could clog it, and then the water goes on its way. The smell of all that rotten food is disgusting. All I had to do was open the lid and I knew why all the customer were gone. I gagged. Sid stuck his head through the door whence the kitchen crew would hand me things that needed cleaning. “Pull out the filter. Clean it. Take a cup and dip all the water out of the trap. Scrape and clean the sides of the trap. When you’re done, put everything back together.” I don’t know how long it took me to clean the grease trap. It seemed hours toiling in that awful stench. I think my mother burned my clothes instead of trying to get the smell out of them.

Fortunately, we only had to clean the grease trap every three months or so. Next time, we had another “new kid” and I had already been promoted to pizza chef.

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