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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)

TITLE: the cash register
By ric gustafson
05/17/06


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Brenda Brown adjusted her cap as she stood behind the cash register. To her right stood Gordon and Henry, two interviewees for the same job. Brenda had been a shift manager for the restaurant for a year now and had been promoted quickly after she had started at the restaurant. She had come up with an interview process where they are being interviewed and also on the spot training on the cash register. She looked at Gordon and Henry as a customer walked up to the cash register.
" May I help you" Brenda said as she smiled at the customer.
" Yes, I would like a quarter pounder with cheese" the customer said as he looked at the menu board " a 1.00 double cheeseburger and a medium drink".
With a smile, Brenda took the customer's money, gave him his change, the customer received their food and left the cash register happy." Gordon, It's your turn" Brenda said as another customer came to the cash register.
" I just wanted to make enough to buy a motorcycle" Gordon frowned at Brenda " I didn't know i'd have to be behind the cash register". " Can I help you" Gordon asked the customer with a frown.
" Yes, I would a cheeseburger, no wait!" the customer said as she frantically looked at the menu board " No! I would like a hamburger instead".
Gordon looked at the customer with a sneer, took her money, gave her the food and did not smile as she left.
Brenda shook her head at Gordon " Ok Henry It's your turn". A customer came up to the cash register.
" Hi" Henry said with a smile as he noticed a little cross around the customer's neck " I'm a Christian too I like your cross". " What can I do for you". The customer asked for a cheeseburger, got their food and their change and Henry sent them off with a smile.
After finishing the interviews, Brenda gave the job to Henry.


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Edy T Johnson 05/19/06
You have a creative take on the topic. It seems to end a bit abruptly (I was ready to read more!). Take care with the grammar: "the customer received their food" should be "his food" to match the singular subject. Your title also intrigued me. God bless your writing!
Kristi Wood05/22/06
I guess I shouldn't have read this one hungry! Good job. I really liked the contrast between the candidate wanting to work vs. the one who just wanted the rewards of working. Watch the grammar and keep writing!
Jan Ackerson 05/22/06
An additional suggestion: let your readers figure out the ending. Something like: Brenda smiled; she knew who she was going to hire. Keep up the good work!