We were a group of college kids taking a geology field trip. We left Wichita around noon, and headed west for Colorado. As a geological field trip, we stopped at every outcrop and formation of rocks along the way between here and there.
By the time we made it to Colorado Springs, the instructor started looking for a place to eat. The problem was, it was now about 9 PM, and the places he liked to go to were closing. We drove on into Canon City, where we came across a burger joint. The instructor jumped inside, basically to see if they would serve us, and came back out and waved us in.
And out we came, all 21 one of us! Standing in line, around the tables, and stretching out the front door! All of this, and then we found out that it was about twenty minutes until closing time! The manager didn’t mind; he saw the cash register ringing on the slow night. But the dinner from hell came from the girl behind the cash register, who was WORKING HER FIRST NIGHT behind the counter, and thought her friends were joking with her. Her face dropped as she realized that no one was kidding with her.
We stayed about an hour until everyone was fed. The manager came out and told us it was the girl’s first night and thanks us for the “on the job training” for her to see how well she reacted. We hopped back in our vans, and later camped in the foothills, getting to sleep around 11 PM that night. I still stop by that burger joint in Canon City on my trips back through Colorado, and just remember the shocked look on that poor girl’s face!