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The Physics of my Job

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ajgartland22

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62 days until the first Varsity Baseball game of the season (@ Arcadia if anyone's interested)

My job is a pretty simple one: I work behind the snack bar counter at Lakeshore Hockey Arena and cook food for anyone who cares to buy it.  Its not hard and can be fun depending on who you work with but there is one thing that really aggravates me: the french fry bags.  The bags have perforated tops to make opening and pouring the fries out of them easy.  A major drawback is made very clear though when you open a new case of fries you try to pull the first one out.  The boxes they come in should really only hold maybe 5 bags of fries but instead come jammed with 7.  All of these bags scrunched together, paired with the fact that the only way to pull them out of the box was by grabbing the (perforated) tops of the bags, what would frequently happen to me was I would tear the top off of the bag, opening the fries in the process of taking out of the stock freezer.  This made my boss very upset every time he noticed a bag of opened, freezer burnt fries sitting in the snack bar freezer.  To save myself from my boss, I tried to think of how I could possibly grab fries without ruining a whole new bag... Then one day instead of grabbing the first bag in the box, I grabbed the middle one and it came out perfectly.  It had dawned on me that maybe the rough cardboard at the end of the box was causing more of a frictional force on the bag than the perforation could handle.  I tested this theory one day by grabbing a bag from the middle of the box- one that was surrounded on both sides by smooth plastic bags which had a smaller coefficient of friction and therefore less force than the cardboard- and since that day I have been grabbing from the middle and my boss isn't yelling at me anymore.

So use physics- it makes your boss happy.

 

 

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