Thursday, June 03, 2010

Heard: McFadden's and Interns - Two Peas in a Pod

An e-mail we received from McFaddens:

On Monday, June 7, McFadden's will be hosting our annual Meet and Greet for Interns. Our staff will be on hand to meet the interns we look forward to serving all summer long. We'll be offering a week of drink specials in one night! We'll have a complimentary appetizer buffet starting at 8 pm and our staff will be on hand to distribute our Intern VIP cards - which include 1/2 priced McFadden's burgers Monday-Saturday; and our Tuesday specials.
  • 5 pm to 9 pm we're offering our Tuesday "College Takeover Special" of $1 draughts with our McFadden's Intern VIP Card (available that evening to interns who bring their school IDs).
  • 9 pm to 10 pm we're offering our Thursday "$3 dollar draught" special.
  • From 10 pm to close we're offering our Friday $3 Miller Lites and $5 Crushes special.
On Tuesday, June 8, McFadden's officially launches our "College Takeover Tuesdays" with special guests Holly and Stacy from "The Hills." $1 draughts with a college ID or McFadden's VIP card, $5 Red Bull Vodka and Bombs from 9- close. $1 sliders at $1 am. $20 VIP Meet and Greet (includes open bar and guaranteed entry PLUS meet the girls face to face!).

More information is available on their website www.mcfaddensdc.com.

Heard: I Guess they Don't Teach that in Prep School

In the last few weeks, new interns have been lining up in droves outside the ID office to get their red badges. As I was waiting in line for 90 minutes, I couldn't help but overhear an intern in front of me bragging about his Northeastern prep school, ragging on the interns around him who went to public school or an inferior private school. When he finally received his badge, he grabbed a chain and the plastic piece that attaches to the badge. He couldn't figure it out, however, fumbling in the doorway of the ID office. After a good minute of trying to figure out this simple device and blocking others from getting in, I had to intrude as the mob was getting restless. I put it together in four seconds, handed it to him and said, "I guess they didn't teach you that in prep school." He laughed politely and went about his way.

Spotted: American ... What?

Attention all Interns, when you order a bacon egg and cheese sandwich in the cafeteria and they ask you if you want American ... they are referring to the type of cheese.

Spotted: Delegation Doesn't Work if You're an Intern

It was day one for two bright-eyed new interns. For the alpha-female - an entitled intern that was hired as much for who her parents are as anything she might have included on a resume if she'd bothered to send one - it took less than a day before she was delegating her work to her co-intern. Of course, the project she handed off had been given to her, along with the detailed instructions for how to do it. So it wasn't shocking when it was completed incorrectly.

She probably thinks that she was pulling a pretty clever managerial move, when in truth, all she did was guarantee that the next time I have a project to do, I'll just skip the middle man and give it directly to the other intern. She can ponder the chain of command while she sorts mail all day long.

Spotted: VIP Red Badge of Courage

A young intern, dressed in a t-shirt and khaki shorts, was proudly displaying his red badge at the Memorial Day Concert in front of the Capitol. At one point, he walked up to the rope that separated the VIP section from the public section and insisted that they let him through, using his badge asproof that he had been invited to sit up there.

Dear Intern: as far as everyone else in this world is concerned, your badge means nothing. And, outside of office hours, it really does mean nothing.