I worked for Burger King for about 18 months during and after high school. I quit at the end of the summer to go away to college. When I returned to my hometown following my freshman year of college, in need of a summer job, I didn’t even think of returning to Burger King. Why? I was terrified I hadn’t been a good enough employee and they wouldn’t want me back.
Retrospectively, that was a ridiculous fear. I’d never been late, never gotten in trouble, my drawer was always accurate, I was trained to both open and close, and I could work all the stations. I was an ideal employee.
But, instead, I went and got a job at Kmart. One day, my former Burger King manager came through my checkout line. “I didn’t know you were home! Why didn’t you come back to work for me?”
“You would hire me?” I asked, shocked.
“Of course! Can you come back?”
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