A few life lessons I learned while working at an ice cream shop, the Yogurt Oasis, during college summers:
- Don’t ever put gummy bears into the ice cream; they get very cold and hard. Therefore the hard gummies become difficult to chew.
- When sticking your head under the frozen yogurt machine and filling your mouth with frozen yogurt, only do this in short quick spurts. If you fill up your mouth with too much ice cream at once, you’ll get the world’s worst ice cream headache.
- Don’t ever get strawberry dressing toppings at an ice cream shop. You don’t know what has been in there.
- Ice cream is the food of the masses. A wide range of people come in to get ice cream. Some are nice and polite. Some goofy. Some rooty. Some tooty. Some rocky. Some vanilla. Some double-mocca chocolate.
- Don’t leave a plastic spoon in the cup when you are making a Hurricane (generic version of Blizzard)
- Pray for rain all the time. It gives Yogurt Oasis workers more time to goof around.
- Always fill customers’ cup/cone higher than the person you’re working with. It makes you look better.
- Whenever there is cookie dough in two-gallon tubs available, eat as much as humanly possible and tell the boss, “geez, people really like to order cookie dough blizzards.”
- Use the vanilla frozen yogurt when battling in a frozen-yogurt-throwing-war.
- Customers don’t come in as often when you have the “Closed” sign displayed.
My twin brother Erik wrote a bunch of these. (He worked there for three summers, I worked there for two summers)