You wouldn’t be able to tell at first glance, but Wendy’s in the SUNY Albany campus center is one of the school’s primary hubs of action. It is there that students gather to not only eat, but socialize and study. The stale smell of thick beef patties and greasy french fries wafts throughout the dim room, a tantalizing scent that could convince even the healthiest eaters to stray from the path.
Those who comprise the dense mob of hungry students impatiently wait to relay their order to the cashier. In the last 15 minutes, this impatience has turned into anger, as two young women have grown tired of observing the kitchen crew’s follies and incompetence. Incorrect orders are handed out quite frequently, and sometimes not at all, causing the employees to curse the computer that indicates which customers are to receive which order.
The crowd dissipates, and a lull prior to the 4 p.m. meal-trade time sweeps over the room as students head to their 4:15 p.m. classes. For now, the chaos has subsided, but that will change within the next half hour.