Respect should be shown to dining hall employees

To the editor:

I am writing as a student who works in one of the many dining halls on campus in order to make a few extra bucks for gas. While most of the time the job and customers are tolerable, I find myself becoming increasingly irritated with the attitude of some students on campus.

So here it is: I am not a slave. I am not here because I want to flip burgers for the rest of my life, nor do I enjoy scrubbing the weird food combinations you made in your soup bowl out of boredom. I am not as stupid or clueless as you assume me to be. I am a student, just like you, and after my shift I have to go write 10 page papers and study useless Gen. Ed. information, just like you. Please do not bite my head off when you ask me a question I don't know the answer to (the halls are separated into different sections - people in the dishroom know little about the salad bar) and please be patient if it takes a few minutes to make your food - I'm doing the best I can.

And would it be too much to ask to dump your food in the garbages that are so close at hand before you send your tray through the window and splatter me with your leftovers? Most students are considerate and patient, and thank you to those people because you get me through the day, but there are those few who seem to forget that they are dealing with peers, not a sub-species.

I once vowed that I would never work in fast food - I have already cashed in my pride out of concern for my falling gas tank level. Please don't make my job any worse!

-Amanda Senft