Tales from the Café: Only in the Movies

Time: Saturday, 11:05 pm It was way past when we should have left, and yet... And yet. The mopping still wasn't done--though Dana was almost through with it--bits and pieces still needed to be picked up, and I swear the huge party we'd been working with all evening had only left something like seven minutes earlier. An … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Only in the Movies

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Tales From the Café: Out of the Mouths of…Customers?

Time: Friday, 3:15 pm I may not have any of my own, but I know if you hang around kids long enough, you're going to hear some crazy stuff. The Internet has lists of creepy or clever things kids have said with absolutely no prompting. I'd put it out there that it's not just kids … Continue reading Tales From the Café: Out of the Mouths of…Customers?

Tales from the Café: Amazing the Things You Find

Time: Tuesday, 9:16 pm It was almost time to leave. All of the customers were already gone--a small miracle, given that there was a strong tendency to hang around well past closing time--so we were getting a little extra cleaning done in our "free time." I was over cleaning the wood portion of our floors, … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Amazing the Things You Find

Tales from the Café: Commonly Heard Phrases

Time: Every day I come into work Every job has its own set of phrases that make you feel like you're a broken record. Mocha Time has quite a few. Between what I hear the customers say, and what I say on a regular basis... "Thank you for calling Mocha Time City Center, this is … Continue reading Tales from the Café: Commonly Heard Phrases

Tales from the Café: These Slip-Resistant Shoes Were Made for Walking

Time: Saturday, 2:46 pm I hate working brunch. (To be fair, most of us hate working brunch, so this isn't just me talking.) I'm sure I've said this before, but it's chaotic and loud and there are too many people around. Added onto this, I was working on the patio, so I had some of … Continue reading Tales from the Café: These Slip-Resistant Shoes Were Made for Walking

Tales From the Café: Familiar Faces

(Alternately titled: You Probably Think This Post Is About You) Time: Friday, 8:55 pm It was finally almost closing time after an incredibly hectic day. Zöe had locked the front door, and all but the last few tables had filtered out. Despite the chaotic nature of the evening, I was in a good mood. None … Continue reading Tales From the Café: Familiar Faces

Tales from the Café: High Turnover Rate

Time: Thursday, 3:49 pm "Yesterday was Meghan's last day," Autumn said, leaning back against the counters in front of our coffee pots. It's the height of the lull between lunch and dinner, and we're each waiting on something before we can move on to our next task. "Yeah, I know." I sighed. "And I guess … Continue reading Tales from the Café: High Turnover Rate