A Flying Bison cashier’s adventure

Katrina Lee, Staff Writer

When Dominique Ruszala ’17 applied for the job as a Flying Bison cashier two months ago, she might not have realized that she was about to witness some of the most hilarious and entertaining scenes on campus.

“I get to see the side of Bucknell that they don’t put on the brochures,” Ruszala said.

Ruszala said she went to work every night not knowing what was going to happen. She remembered the first night of work when a girl asked if she could pay with her ID card. When Ruszala replied no, the girl became so desperate that she shouted, “take my IPhone” and put it through the window. But such a weird scene has become so normal to Ruszala now. After midnight at the Flying Bison truck, anything unexpected could happen.

“One time the truck was really busy and there were 30 numbers behind the order. People just got really upset and started climbing onto the truck,” Ruszala said.

As a cashier, her job is to take everyone’s order and call their number when the food is ready. She also has to help prepare the food – slicing cheese, making the cheese sauce and preparing the containers for ketchup. She said that many people notice that the truck’s signature fried mac n cheese actually takes five hours to prepare, making it the most time consuming part of the job.

Even though she has to work for long hours from 9 pm to 4 am on every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, she feels that time passes in a blink. The amusement she gets out of the job seems to have compensated the exhaustion.

Ruszala said she has a great time working with her two colleagues from the Dining Services who freely tell her their entire life-stories. ‘Even though they yell at everyone because they get on their nerves… they are actually really nice people,” she said.

She added that a simple greeting from the students who come for a late-night snack would be much appreciated. “My co-workers are always sad as no one ever thanks them or say hi to them,” she said.

Ruszala has also been longing for the moment that students would approach her and ask if she is a Flying Bison cashier. “I am disappointed because I was waiting to be so popular for everyone being like ‘Yo! You served nacho tots last night’, but this never happens”.

So next time when you go for the delicious food at the Flying Bison, just don’t forget to thank the staff for cooking and serving you – as this does mean something to them.

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