Working in the food service can be one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. You're forced to be on your feet all day, deal with angry customers, grab boiling hot plates, manage a dozen different tables and complicated orders at once and still manage to be pleasant enough to "earn" your tip at the end of a customer's meal. If you've never worked as a server, you simply don't understand how challenging it can be to do this successfully. I was such a terrible waitress that I once dropped an entire serving tray of sodas onto the restaurant's brand-new carpeting and spilled enchilada sauce onto an elderly woman's white blouse all within the same shift. Needless to say, I wasn't a big hit with customers or the restaurant owners.
So when Chris Pratt recently dropped some knowledge about his pre-fame job as a waiter on Instagram, I couldn't relate harder. And thousands of other food servers from across the world couldn't, either.
Chris Pratt is one of those actors that seems like they'd be a blast to grab a beer with.
Oh, and if you're not following him on social media, you should really get on that.
The name's Douchemaster McChest And this is my first headshot. You're welcome. #throwbackthursday circa 2000 http://t.co/85B6tl3swn— chris pratt (@chris pratt)1410482689.0
Recently, he posted a photo of himself in a booth at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.
But it was the caption to this photo that really had people talking.
via: InstagramYou see, Pratt worked as a server at Bubba Gump back in his 20s, before he was a lovable goof on Parks and Recreation or a sexy superhero in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. In the caption, he confessed to something that was received with a somewhat mixed response.
After his customers were finished eating, Pratt would eat the remaining shrimp off their plates.That's right. The shrimp that were, for one reason or another, not eaten by the customer but were perhaps manhandled in some horrific way unbeknownst to Pratt. Yet he still had no problem wolfing them down.
Now, let's take a moment to think about what it's like being in the foodservice industry.You make a tiny hourly wage and are forced to rely on tips to pay the bills, so it can be a stressful and demanding job, not to mention all the rude and disgusting customers you're forced to deal with on a daily basis. Can you really blame the guy for stealing a shrimp here and there?
Soon, the responses came rolling in.
via: InstagramAnd let me tell you, some of them were scarring. Like the story above, for example.