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Humans of SD – Zenaida Calderón

April 7, 2022

What was your first job and how did it go?

“My first job was when I was 17 years old at a pizza parlor.  I had to help cook, bus tables, serve alcoholic drinks and clean the restrooms during the night shift from 3 pm to 11 pm.  I explicitly remember Tom who taught me how to prep the pizza sauce.  He had me take a 5 gallon bucket and pour the pizza sauce in.  According to Tom, the next step was to give the pizza sauce a good mixing so it wasn’t clumpy.  He told me to stick my entire arm into the bucket and mix the pizza sauce.  Easy peasy…I was now a pizza sauce mixing pro.  Later when the manager came in, I figured I’d show off my newly acquired skill in the hopes that I’d be noticed and maybe given a wage increase.  So off I went to mix the pizza sauce in front of the manager.  Instantly the manager yelled “what’re you doing??!!”.  I told him how Tom had trained me and as he shook his head in disappointment, he said we don’t stick our arms in the pizza sauce…EVER.  I’ll forever remember Tom.”

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