On Things I Do Not Believe

At the top of the list would be this video:

Actually, all of the Wendy’s training videos.   These are the products of a demented executive.  I ask you, what is going on here?  Are they serious?  Who are they?  And why do they think I want to work at Wendy’s?

(Full disclosure: I’ve worked at Pizza Hut and at a KFC/Taco Bell, so I am not completely without sin.)

Megan pointed out that what these videos imply is that the makers know that working at Wendy’s is mind-numbingly boring and so they are going to try and simply entertain you instead.  Which, I must admit, they succeed at doing, though perhaps not in the way they mean.

It is hard to believe that anyone took these things seriously.  Even if the goal was to entertain the employees, it’s unlikely that they learned from raps or songs any better than they did from experience.

Which is all to say that these videos are the silliest serious things I’ve seen in a long time.  It was the 1980s, sure, but the videos reek of someone trying to be hip when, for the most part, an employee would prefer to skip the videos altogether and just work.  At least I know I wanted to.  I watched training videos when I started working at Pizza Hut that explained how to deliver pizzas.  I was nineteen, and, so, young, and, so, might not have been able to figure it all out on my own.

All I can say is thank God for training videos!  Otherwise, how would you learn how to pour ice tea?

At least, you wouldn’t learn it so musically.

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3 Responses to On Things I Do Not Believe

  1. Jason Myers says:

    I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Wendys. Partially because it’s the least objectionable of the 3 burger joints, but mostly because of Dave Thomas, who did all those self-effacing commercials in the 80s and early 90s. It’s not like the owners of Burger King, McDonalds, KFC, Taco Bell, etc. were willing to sell their hamburgers with face to face time with the customer. Dave was as old-fashioned as his hamburgers, but he gave a personality to Wendy’s that, roll your eyes as you might, you couldn’t help gaining affection for over the years. I remember when Dave Thomas died, because I actually was kinda sad about it. Wendy’s was founded in Dublin, Ohio (which I didn’t know until well after Dave died), and Wendy’s as a franchise is kinda in trouble, which, again, makes me a little sad. I certainly don’t remember when McDonalds and Burger King and Taco Bell were anything but faceless bad-food shoveling corporations fronted by creepy mascots, but for me Wendy’s will actually be that thing that corporations so hope to project the image of: a small business gone big, founded by a man who genuinely believed that the hamburgers should be square, because then it hangs over the bun, and “people like that.”

  2. Andrew says:

    All of that does make me have a soft spot for Wendy’s, though I admit to never having had one before. I don’t know why, but I never wanted to eat there as a kid and that prejudice has stayed with me. Though I never really knew about their square burgers and the thought behind them, I suppose because I’m a contained-by-the-bun kind of guy. But now you make me want to hop the few blocks over to the local Wendy’s and grab a burger just so I can see what I’ve been missing all these years. (Though it wasn’t the fries. The chunky fries are why I stayed away, if memory serves.)

  3. Jason Myers says:

    McDonald’s fries are far superior in every way. If it weren’t for the fries (and the Sausage Egg and Cheese McGriddle), I don’t believe I’d every stop at McDonalds again. Gustatorially speaking, you probably haven’t missed out that much. Ken Watson worked at Wendy’s in high school, and I believe that’s the first time I really ate at Wendy’s, and I found it to be to my liking, especially the fact that Wendy’s always had bacon (on their sandwiches) as one of the menu options. To this day, a stop at Wendy’s involves the least post-meal regret of the fast food options. But Wendy’s is in trouble because McDonalds has pretty much cornered the market on fast food, and in between McDonalds and the rise of “gourmet” burger places like Five Guys and In-N-Out and Steak and Shake, Wendy’s doesn’t have a lot to distinguish itself.

    Anyway, these training videos seem to me to be a natural outgrowth of the time period where Wendy’s commercials were like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWAKtYGJZSM and this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MwB5PZciVA&feature=related and this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_oem9BqUTI&feature=related and this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug75diEyiA0&feature=related and this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0IRXl985gI&feature=related

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