While the rest of the world daydreams about the latest rollercoaster at SeaWorld, the newest embellishment on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or the hottest new restaurant opening in the tourist corridor, there are plenty of service workers for whom those thrills are just a day in the life. They're the ones who plod along every day, doing the grunt work that keeps business as usual afloat for the visitors who flock here all year long. We know their jobs can't be easy, so for this Love/Hate issue, we asked them to tell us what they hate most about their daily grind.
(Because most of the workers could face backlash from their employers for bitching about their jobs to Orlando Weekly, they've been given alternate names in this story.)
Name: Christine Employer: SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 SeaWorld Drive What he/she hates most: "The protesters. Oh, my god. I hate the protesters at SeaWorld. That's the worst. It's not as bad as it used to be, ever since Blackfish came out. It was pretty bad then, but now it's like walking to your car people will be like 'You suck! Why are you working for this corporation?'"
Name: Alexis Employer: Hooters, 8801 International Drive What he/she hates most: "I hate wearing makeup at work. I hate wearing my hair down at work. And I hate wearing skimpy clothes!"
Name: Pierre Employer: WonderWorks, 9067 International Drive What he/she hates most: "I dislike the lobby noise – of the creaking all the time, because it's supposed to sound like the building is coming down on you, and that's super annoying. I get tired of answering the same exact question 100 times a day about, 'What is this?' I'm pretty sure everyone owns a smartphone and Google. I wish they would use it."
Name: Martin Employer: Joe's Crab Shack, 8400 International Drive What he/she hates most: "I hate that we have to pay for food. I feel like we work in a food industry – food should be given."
Name: Julie Employer: Joe's Crab Shack, 8400 International Drive What he/she hates most: "Some people come in here with a $100 bill and don't leave a tip at all. ... Don't come out to eat if you don't have money to tip. Stay at home and clean up after yourself. Wash your own dishes."
Name: Tatiana Employer: Ripley's Believe It or Not!, 8201 International Drive What he/she hates most: "One thing I hate about here is the hours. It's like, six hours a day and me being a college graduate, getting out of college, trying to afford rent and everything sucks."
Name: Angela Employer: Dave & Buster's, 8986 International Drive What he/she hates most: "Every weekend I'm here. I can't take a weekend off. It sucks. Sometimes the money's good, but it doesn't make [not seeing my son] worth it 'cause I love him."
Name: Chloe Employer: Castle Hotel, 8629 International Drive What he/she hates most: "I hate working until midnight and working every holiday. [I miss] my family, mostly. As you get older, your family gets older and people are growing up – you kind of miss being able to hang out with them and see them and spend that family quality time that you want to."
Name: Albert Employer: Denny's, 8747 International Drive What he/she hates most: "People who don't like to work. ... All they want to do is stand around and pick their nose. They don't want to take tables 'cause that's where we make our money, they don't want to do the side work, they don't want to work as a team – that's what I hate the most about my job."
Name: McKenzie Employer: Goodies Supermarket I-Drive, 8550 International Drive What he/she hates most: "[The drivers] have different rules back in their countries, which is not the same as here. Like, the turns on the right – they don't respect that, and that will provoke accidents sometimes, but what can we do? ... They don't know where they're going."