It's Funny in Hindsight…
Hey, folks! I love hearing real-life stories from street food vendors. Most of the time, I share success stories. Every now and then, I get a story like this one from Jason, that illustrates some of the “low points” of vending.
It's a part of working outside. Some days, things are going to go wrong because of stuff like weather, which you can't predict or control. So what do you do? Well sometimes, you pack up and go home, and try again another day. And that's not failure. It's business.
Here's Jason's story:
Started out as a pretty day at a new day spot. We were expecting rain later in the afternoon through the night, but it looked safe through the lunch hours with wind forecast at 6… Being a pilot, like you, I tend to take that with a grain of salt.
Well everything was fine for the first hour until the first big gust disrobed the 16ft swooper flag. Luckily the pole stayed in place but I had to chase the flag down the road aways – much to the amusement of some local highschoolers. Upon returning, I collected business cards and signage and set back up again.
Long story shorter, I finally gave in after being hit in the face twice with the menu board, chip clips flying away, pan lid flying off and narrowly missing a parked car, and my condiment tray tumbling to the ground. Threw out 12 dogs and a sausage along with the onions and relish scattered everywhere. Rough day indeed…
I've had enough good days to laugh at the bad – though I admit the humor was in hindsight..
Thanks to Jason for sharing his story. Keep up the great work and winning attitude!