Whether you’re working at Tim Hortons right now, you worked there for 10 years while you went through high school and college, you worked there for 2 months over summer break, or you haven’t worked there in years, you did your Timmies time.
Depending on how many years you slaved at Timmies, you may have different levels of experience. You may have shifted around from 3-5 hour afternoon and weekend shifts with no breaks, to covering a few night shifts that reinforced the idea that night shifters do nothing at all, and maybe even worked the dayshift if you were lucky (or unlucky because you get a 30-minute unpaid break which only made the shift seem unbearably long).
You may have helped unload the truck a few times so you know where everything in the store is, you may have helped out at other stores so you’re basically a Timmies pro, you may have been trained to bake so you could help cover the full-time bakers’ time off or cover when they’re sick, you have probably trained a few newbies and ensured that you explained the right way to do things while actually showed them the shortcut, you may have even been promoted to Supervisor, only to realized the 10 cent raise is overrated considering the added workload, responsibility, and bullshit you have to deal with.
Whatever your level of experience is as a Timmy Hoe/Joe, you can definitely relate to a few of these signs that indicate you worked at Timmies WAY TOO LONG:
1. You need a 15-minute warning before a Timmies run so you can decide what you want to order.
Since you know everything on the menu, it’s hard to make up your mind.
2. You try your best to order simply when you’re around others.
“I’ll take a large double double with milk and a twelve grain bagel double toasted with a little bit of butter, please.”
3. When you go through the drive-thru with your friends, they make you order for yourself.
4. You have to ask for your beverage to be made a specific way because you know that if you don’t, they’ll make it wrong.
Did you even watch the training videos?
5. Everyone thinks you’re picky. But really, you just know exactly what you want.
6. You can tell when your coffee isn’t made right just from its colour.
7. You can tell when the french vanilla machine needs to be filled because you’re actually served french vanilla flavoured water.
8. You hate when people don’t fill your iced capp halfway up the dome lid but you know that’s the proper way to make it.
9. You have no patience for newbies that take all day to find the right button on the register and then makes One. Coffee. At. A. Time.
Sugar, cream, coffee, stir, lid, mark, tray. Repeat 3 more times. 15 minutes later your 4 medium double doubles are ready.
10. You can tell if your coffee has grinds in it before you even take a sip.
11. You have to ask for your bagels to be double toasted because otherwise it’s cold.
(and watch carefully to ensure they don’t just turn the dial down to the slowest/darkest setting)
12. You know exactly how many calories are in all of your favourite baked goods.
Vanilla Dip, all the way!
13. You know when the chocolate dip fondant is burnt and the donuts aren’t decorated properly that you should probably forego any baked goods because the baker is incompetent.
14. You never order decaf after 2pm in the afternoon because you know you can’t trust the 20-minute fresh rule.
15. You never stand AT the till waiting to be served.
Instead, you stand back “in line” even though there’s no one behind you because you know that someone will assume you’re taken care of and ignore you 100 times over.
16. When the store is out of whole wheat buns and bagels you get pissed off and head to another timmies.
17. You know exactly how to tell if your Roll Up the Rim cup has been tampered with.
And when it has, you rage out.
18. You cringe when someone explains to you their ridiculous ideas of how Tim Hortons works.
What do you take in your coffee?
“Depends on the size. I take a Large Triple Triple or a Medium Double Double.”
IT’S ALL MEASURED ACCORDING TO THE CUP SIZE. Would you order a small regular and an extra small black? NO! Because the cream and sugar is measured according to the cup size! If you drink triple triple, ORDER TRIPLE TRIPLE!
19. You frequently visit your old store just to see which SOB’s are still working there.
20. When you see people you used to work with outside of Tim Hortons you aren’t sure if you should run up and say hi or back away.
Am I right or am I right?