November 12, 2003

Dining Hall Nazi

No, not the Soup Nazi of Seinfeld. The Dining Hall Nazi. I don't know what kind of power trip this guy is on, but I am having a major problem with him.

Let me fill everyone in on my most current personal issue: a la carte in the dining hall.

Today, I went into the dining hall for lunch. I waited patiently in the long line, and when I finally get my turn, I face him. "Soup and salad, please."

"I don't do a la carte."

"Can't I just get a soup and salad?"

"I only serve lunch--$5.25."

Embarrassment. I am holding up the line.

I hand over my 20. Cursing. Slews of curses filling my irate brain. But I am a nice girl. I am a good Christian girl. I really am. And I will have a career dealing with people. This is good practice for real life.

So I calmly wait for him to slowly hand over my change. I am such an inconvenience. Then I get more lunch than I need because I want to get my money's worth.

On Monday I went to the Commuter Dinner in the Greensburg Room (not quite as swanky as I thought). Many problems come with commuting. Time management, car problems, gas money, etc. but the Dining Hall Nazi tops my list. Shouldn't there be some kind of standard for all cashiers in Lowe Dining Hall?

I am a cashier. I follow the same procedures as the rest of the cashiers at County Market.

But I wonder...Does he have some kind of pent-up frustration toward college students? Doesn't he want to look for the little numbers or words on the register?

If those are his motivation: predjudice or just plain laziness, I don't want to hear about it. Everyone has to deal with people that get on their nerves. I may be one of them, but do your job--don't slack off and make customer feel embarrassed.

So if you are reading this Dining Hall Nazi, know that I want my a la carte. I deserve the same courtesy as the card-carrying diners with meal plans. I pay for what I buy, and I deserve equal treatment.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at November 12, 2003 11:41 PM

sing it, sister. I was right behind you in line, and I can remember when the one lady allowed you to get a la carte--so why not this guy??

Try not to get too upset about it, dear. It's a hard thing to deal with, but you've got to chill out, too :)

Posted by: Karissa at November 13, 2003 4:16 PM

Rumor has it that that freaky guy is just mad because one of the baseball players turned him down for a date. Would you date him? No one would!

While he had the wrist brace we called him lobster hands. Now we just don't know what to think of him and his earring.

As far as dining hall prices, I recommend the Griffins Cove. I commute and I feel for you there.

Posted by: Brian McCollum at November 13, 2003 9:03 PM

Amanda, I agree with Brian. If you're upset with the dining hall, take advantage of Griffin's Cove. Even though it's like a fast food restaurant, you really do get better service than a fast food restaurant or even the dining hall for lunch. Just don't go there for dinner or later at night. Sometimes i've waitied at the cash register for ten minutes while the students made food, and was unnoticed.

Posted by: Jen at November 14, 2003 8:15 AM

I think I have made some headway in this story.

Near the register in the dining hall, I saw a list of prices. A LA CARTE!!

I don't know what is going on though. I can't wait to face him again though. I'll give him the "Amanda Stare Down," my specialty.

Posted by: Amanda at November 14, 2003 12:06 PM

Can somebody tell me what the deal is with the dining hall hoarding their styrofoam boxes??? Asking to get your meal to go is like demanding that someone hand over their firstborn. If you're paying $6 or whatever for dinner, and you'd get all-you-can-eat if you stayed, what is the problem with filling that stupid little box with food?

Do they think we're going to take the food to the FDA to find out the laxative content? This is ridiculous. The dining hall is loud and crowded, and many of us have to choose between eating on the fly and missing meals altogether.

If someone can explain why this is an issue, please speak out.

Posted by: Jess P at November 17, 2003 2:51 PM
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