I like to believe people already think teaching, truck driving, babysitting, firefighting and healthcare professional positions are all difficult. People tend to take fast food workers as lazy and rude. Let me tell you that running around and catering to the whims of 500+ people over the course of 8 hours or more, burning yourself on coffee that customers insist is cold, being yelled at for computer and register errors, being berated and treated like dirt by paying customers and also being put under pressure by overbearing and pretentious bosses is very difficult. You need to stay smiling, keep your cool and prevent customers from becoming angry. People don't think fast food is a hard job. They think it's a starting job that you can just cruise through and earn a decent wage. Truth is, the work you put in is nothing when you get paid absolute crap. It's too much work, stress and responsibility for 16-year-olds first jobs. I've seen people stay not even though orientation before backing out. I've seen people who've been ground into a hole and stuck there for 30+ years. I've seen workers break and snap and yell and cry. I've seen customers so unaware of how hard that worker is trying to make THEIR day better. People don't realize how difficult it is to work in a fast food restaurant. I'm 7 days shy of my final day before my two weeks notice is up and I can finally leave to do ANYTHING else.