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Health Nuts

16 Jul

People amaze me.

Last week, St. Louis hosted a convention for a business that promotes healthy living.  They sell shakes and vitamins, and try to get you to sell shakes and vitamins.  They boast about looking younger and losing weight.  And some of them do, and some of them have.

Since our hotel is located right next to the convention center, a majority of our guests were part of this group. A majority of the majority were from Mexico, and spoke very little English.

We kinda knew what to expect from these guests, and we were all prepared to be swindled into trying their products, or better yet, selling them.

What we didn’t expect was how much they would eat.

We serve food twice a day.  At breakfast you can find scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, potatoes, waffles, cereal, oatmeal, pastries, and fresh fruit.  At “dinner” you can find grilled or baked chicken, mac and cheese or pasta with marinara sauce, baked potatoes, nachos, hotdogs, soups or chili, and a salad bar.

An hour into these mealtimes, you couldn’t find ANYTHING.

This group ATE.  Seriously, it was like they hadn’t eaten EVER, and had been saving up for our “nutritious” food.

They pretended to be healthy.  They loaded up on salad, carrots and tomatoes, scooping heaping spoonfuls of stuff onto their plates.    Then they’d hit the hot foods and scoop up another plateful of hotdogs, or meatballs, or mac n cheese.  We were refilling after every third person it seemed.

At breakfast, they’d load up dozens of hard boiled eggs onto their plates, take 2-3 bananas each, and still load up on the hot foods.

Now, we’re used to serving four to five hundred people, and know how much food we’d normally go through, but this group was not normal.

They ate two to three times what we’d normally serve, causing us to have to personally go to our distributor for more food the next day.  What would normally last us a weekend, was eaten in one night.

And our guests from Mexico were cracking me up!  Normally a gallon jar of jalapeños would last us a week.  We went through THREE jars in ONE night!  They ate them on everything.  When they discovered we had tabasco sauce, they hit us up for more bottles.  For the first time in… ever, we had salt, pepper and tabasco on all the tables.

I’ve never felt more used and abused.

During one of our conversations, I mentioned we leave our soda machine open until 10pm.  “Oh, we don’t drink soda.  Only water for us.”

Oh yes, I forgot.  They’re healthy.

Ah well, this is totally the reason I love my job.  Ya just never know what you’re gonna get.

Except the next time I will….  I’ve taken lots of notes on this group, and we will be sure to have plenty of food available for our splurging guests if and when they return.

Oh, and lots of jalapeños too.

 

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14 Comments

Posted by on July 16, 2015 in The Hotel

 

14 responses to “Health Nuts

  1. lottajoy

    July 17, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I hope these aren’t free buffets you offer. I am shocked that the health food fad has been taken over by Mexicans. I just wouldn’t be able to accept their salespitch. I’d also not be able to accept the salespitch of your typically tall, skinny blonde. I just noticed today that I’m waaaay past accepting any “health” food and the scales prove it.

     
    • shadowrun300

      July 19, 2015 at 5:41 am

      Ahhh, but they ARE free buffets. I have a feeling we lost money with this group.
      Don’t forget the sales pitch of a middle aged, dark headed, orange guy. Seriously. ORANGE. I’da been embarrassed to show myself in public with that self-tan-gone-bad look.

       
  2. territerri

    July 18, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I just can’t reconcile that they’re promoting and selling healthy products … and yet eat like you’ve described! Crazy! I’m impressed with your ability to laugh it off and learn for next time. That’s why you’re so good at what you do.

     
    • shadowrun300

      July 19, 2015 at 5:47 am

      I almost felt sad for them. Did they really think they were healthy? I wonder how much they spend on these products. Probably too much, which is why they downed as much free food as they possibly could…

       
  3. Abby

    July 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    What’s up with THAT? Well, that “healthy” stuff is expensive, so maybe the reps get real food mainly through porking out on complementary hotel spreads?

     
    • shadowrun300

      July 19, 2015 at 5:51 am

      I wasn’t about to ask about the cost, but I can imagine it’s up there. Wonder if the shake they have for lunch promises to burn all the calories they consumed during dinner. Then again, looking at most of them, I just think the shake is 500 extra calories that they would likely be better off without.

       
  4. Rock Chef

    July 23, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Wonderful! I love it when you get to see through the lies 🙂

     
    • shadowrun300

      July 24, 2015 at 1:35 am

      They definitely weren’t great examples of what their product is supposed to do. What’s sad, is they’re lying to themselves.

       
  5. llcooljoe

    July 24, 2015 at 7:29 am

    But were they all slim and healthy looking? One of the things I hate the most is greed. People pilling their plates high with food, just makes me cringe.

     
    • shadowrun300

      July 25, 2015 at 5:37 am

      That’s just it! Hardly any of them were slim and healthy looking.
      And not only were they piling their food high, they were putting extra fruit and muffins into their purses for later. No wonder we couldn’t keep up!

       
  6. Meleah Rebeccah

    July 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    “They ate two to three times what we’d normally serve, causing us to have to personally go to our distributor for more food the next day.  What would normally last us a weekend, was eaten in one night.”

    HOLY SHIT! That’s INSANE!

    “During one of our conversations, I mentioned we leave our soda machine open until 10pm.  “Oh, we don’t drink soda.  Only water for us.” Oh yes, I forgot.  They’re healthy.”

    Oh my! That’s actually laughable!

     
    • shadowrun300

      July 27, 2015 at 4:46 am

      The whole weekend was laughable. We just shook our head in disbelief, and went and got more food.

       
  7. agg79

    August 1, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Yea. Some real health “NUTs”. All tofu and organic and gluten free. Except when you hit the breakfast bar. Those foods don’t count. Not surprised they scarfed all of your jalapenos. I imagine if you had put out some cilantro, they would have been a food riot. Watch out for the jalapenos. They can really bite you in the end…

     
    • shadowrun300

      August 2, 2015 at 1:31 am

      All I can say is, I’m glad I didn’t have to clean their bathrooms. :/

       

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