While we were studying, we worked in hospitality for five years. We got a job at the local golf club, mostly because it was walking distance from our house, and we got to drink as much Pepsi Max as we wanted. The club would regularly host weddings, birthdays, corporate events and, in December, countless Christmas parties.
There’s nothing that turns you off Christmas music like hearing it on repeat for an entire month while people incessantly bother you.
But that wasn’t the worst part. Not even close.
The thing about working in hospitality during Christmas is that you witness first hand the worst qualities about human beings.
Inappropriate hunger and/or thirst.
Intense social awkwardness.
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Having worked at more Christmas parties than we can possibly count, here are some of the most horrifying things people do.
People consume far more than is necessary.
In case you’ve never interacted with a human being before, people tend to get really, really greedy when things are free. Of course, we find this somewhat understandable. We’re not above eating/taking/adopting/wearing something purely because it doesn’t cost us any monies. But the problem is when people go that one step too far.
We’ve watched grown men HOARD food because they know their employer is paying for it.
We’ve watched people take a handful of canapes that were clearly a one-per-person type deal.
We’ve watched adults come back for thirds and even FOURTHS when we’ve served a buffet lunch.