The Vegetarian Schnitzel Factory
Of all the varied jobs I’ve had in my life,
perhaps one of the weirdest was the 8 months
I spent working in a vegetarian schnitzel factory. I was broke and
really needed the money.
Why else would I agree to drive a fork-lift truck around a freezer 10
hours a day, 6 days a
Despite the bleakness of the job itself, my co-workers were actually
really nice people. From
a variety of ethnic backgrounds and resources, they were a friendly
bunch, except for my
co-worker and direct boss who both threatened me the first day with
violence if I didn’t pull
I was tasked with moving ingredients and finished products from freezer
to production line to
warehouse, and most of my day was spent on the seat of a fork-lift truck.
My worst moment was at the end of a tiring 12-hour shift. I had a remote
control fixed to the
fork-lift, and I pressed a button to raise and lower the large automatic
doors that formed the
entrance to the factory.
I thought my forks were down, but they were up at their highest level
and I heard a sickening
crash and looked up to see the forks sticking thought the top of the
automatic door. I stared
in disbelief, and so did my boss who was standing right beside me.
The factory comedians were two young guys who worked on the vegetarian
They always had a joke and a funny story and made our tea breaks, which
always had a full
table of free vegetarian pizza, good times to remember.
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