Sunday, September 5, 2010

How Much Can You Take Before You Walk Away

I was employed at Burger King located in Spring Lake, North Caroliana for two years. My whole time their in this hard economy was vexatious,needless to say Burger King will be sorry to lose a person like me. I was one of those people who went to work ready to go and was dedicated to my job in so many ways, that I've never been rewarded for instead just the opposite. I'm a sweet person I'd give anybody a chance,smile, or just be somebody to talk to.

Many of times their were homeless people from the street walking in smelling one good aroma with their stomach's hurting they would ask "for a cup of water". My co-workers would look at them with disgust but I on the other hand would have a conversation with them, ignoring the smell. To me thats what people need sometimes to feel they can be accepted not the exasperating looks or "Hurry Up, take this cup and leave". The point is I was the person who would go out of her way, if you walk in with a cain I would bring your food out to you. Or if there was a spill I would rush to clean it up. There were many of times I would apologize when I didn't even know for what. Burger King would always run out of food, or something there would break. People would come in and find out and have a disappointed look on their faces, and I would feel for them, and talk to the child who is waiting in excitement for their kids meal.     Well that was me.

Who are they? Did Burger King deserve me? Did they take any notice at all of my good deeds? Did they see I was trying to make their restaurant a better place?! No, not once did I ever get a thank you or even a smile. I'll tell you what I did get, abuse,racism,slander,betrayel from management and other employees. I was a quiet little white girl getting ganged up on, and worst of all it would happen in front of a line full of customers. I used to say why would they do this to  me? My family and friends would say it's because I'm a good person and they take advantage of that good nature inside me. The way the world is people need good people around why hate on them.

Burger King in Spring Lake, NC is a mad house I have dealt with so much pain,fearfullness,anger and depression, still having to face that place every day. I'm a mother trying to raise her kids during these tough economic times. Went to work try to keep to myself but they would never let me. It started getting so bad they started putting it on my Dear parents too. We were called the KKK, a black full restaurant I walked into everyday and they thought, I was part of the KKK. Worst of all they said that my parents were too.  I've had trays put to my face with a threat behind it chased around the store, hats thrown at me, sexual harrasment in the stock room, name calling, knives being drawn on my father and  so much more.

Is that what Burger King calls a place of business? Or a safe work envioriment?  For good hearted people like me. I'm not a gangster I don't talk gangster like every else did in that place. Well a few people ended up getting fired for what they did to me, some are still there. As for me I couldn't do it anymore. I finally had to walk away, the fear of getting jumped in the parking lot or stabbed, going to start my day at work wondering whats going to happen is gone. I'm more at ease and happy now and can live my life in peace.

Parents just think of your kids trying to get a high-school job, Would you want them to work in a place like that? Thats all I keep thinking about for my own daughter and two sons. So I left Burger King which is not fair for me to be with (lost wages and suffering to pay bills). But its worth not dealing with the abuse anymore. For the people who don't believe my heartache the cameras don't lie.

Thank you for those of you that took the time to read my article.


  1. Diana,

    You did the right thing to walk away from being mistreated. How much should you take before you walk away? None. And your children will be better off too. A job will come along that will suit you even better. I remember when your mother graduated from college and took a job with a messy security systems boss. His place was a mess with boxes all over the place and papers everywhere. She organized that place and had it looking like a real business in months. She just let him know she was the boss of that office and she whipped it into shape. God, she was smart and wouldn't take any messiness from him. I remember when your mother and I were in high school she was the one who would give her coat to the homeless. She had a heart for the poor. And it sounds like you get that from her. Well God Bless Your Heart. Don't you ever take any abuse from a boss. You just walk right out.
    Sherry Tynan

  2. Thank you for writing back,and for your wonderful sweet caring. I like hearing about my mother back then, I'd like to hear about more.. It sounds like we are alike.

    -Diana Hathaway