When I was a student I worked behind the bar in a busy restaurant. Life was manic but fun. I worked with the waitresses who were funny, pretty and kind – as long as I provided the drinks on time!
It was another story in the kitchen. A male-dominated environment where Gordon Ramsay’s trademark rants would hardly register. Every time I walked in the kitchen in my smart shirt and bow tie I was bombarded with ‘good-natured’ insults.
One kitchen porter was always picked on. They used to send him on fools errands for impossible objects like a bubble for a spirit level, or a left-handed screwdriver.
Off he’d go to be laughed at mercilessly when he returned empty-handed.
One day I took him aside. I urged him to wise up and to check with me before going on another doomed mission.
His response was surprising:
“I know it’s all a big joke,” he admitted. “But I get out of working in a hot kitchen for half an hour. I have a nice walk in the sunshine and eat an ice cream while they’re doing my work. The joke’s on them. They just don’t know it!”
How much can you annoy your readers?
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2) Make sure there is ‘sunshine and ice cream’ in your content to make it worthwhile for them to stick around for a while.
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Disclaimer – None of us are waitresses – we may not be very pretty either. But we always respond quickly to every single query.