Food Cart Confessions

Food Cart Confessions

Jorge Cristobal:

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Cart: Taco City

What were you like in high school?

I was a good student, I really liked sports too. I enjoyed  everything school related.

What are the benefits/ downsides of working near a high school?

Working kids is nice, they are good help to the cart. They are also 50% of our customer base, they keep business steady. Some downsides… The kids can be really noisy and  crazy to a point. Sometimes there are fights and bad behavior, but you can’t regulate it because we don’t work for the school. I understand the students don’t always have money, so I give them the food for free and ask them to pay me back the next day.

How do you deal with the lunch rush?

I get help from students, prepare some burritos beforehand, prep ahead the most popular foods.

For better or worse, what is the most memorable high schooler experience that you have had?

It was right after finals I remember, and some kids just came up and ran off with the tip jar. It was crazy.

Zaus Myo Thein:

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Cart: Idea Sushi

What are the benefits and downsides of working near a high school?

A good thing is the community.  We like the kids and they are nice, but sometimes they aren’t maybe because of family problems, but we understand.

How do high schoolers compare to adult customers?

They are different.  They are kids. Sometimes they don’t have money, so I tell them to pay me later. They are regular customers, so I am understanding.

For better or worse, what is the most memorable high schooler interaction that you have had?

Final day of school, we need to be careful because they break and damage our things. After that they are fine.

If you have one, what message do you want to get out to high schoolers?

Nothing special, they are good kids, but they need to have more focus in class and on their studies. This is the time of change. They have to be good now if they aren’t their lives will not be. Even though this is no fun.

Salin:

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Cart:  Phat Cart

How do you deal with the lunch rush? What things do you do to prepare?  

I pre make a few popular items of the menu, like the Crispy Chicken.

For better or worse, what is the most memorable high schooler experience that you have had?

The gas line broke last year.

What are the benefits and downsides of working near a high school?

We have more time for rest, before and after lunch.

If you have one, what message do you want to get out to high schoolers?

Stay clean.

Carla Pirbun:

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Cart: Thai Bloom

What were you like in high school?

Peace maker. I graduated from Reynolds, so we would have a lot of fights. I used to be around different cliques all the time trying to prevent fights.

For better or worse what is the most memorable high schooler interaction that you have had?

I don’t remember their names, but I’m always going to remember this. There was a couple of kids here that go to this school, and they were talking with each other, and saying that they took sign language. The best feeling they have ever had was when they were working their part time job, and somebody that was deaf asked to borrow a pen. Instead they started talking to them in sign language, and they felt so good about it. Every time I think about it, or everytime I see something that is going wrong, I remember there are still a couple of good ones.

How do high schoolers compare to adult customers?

They do a lot of similar things. Not that big of a difference. The only thing I have noticed is that adults are a little bit more picky than students. As long as students get their food they’ll be fine. Adults are like don’t put this in there, don’t put that, can you do it without this? Students, even though sometimes a little short, when I ask them to pay me the next day they do.  

If you have one, what message do you want to get out to high schoolers?

Please just respect the park. The park is here and open for everybody, but it is still private property. We would like them to keep coming here, but if they don’t respect it, we’re gonna have to start closing it or start telling students not to come. Show us the same respect we show you.

By: Maddy Cronn

 

Makeup Dupes Every Teen Needs!

Makeup Dupes Every Teen Needs!

Have you ever walked past a Sephora and looked inside knowing that you don’t have enough money to buy any of it? Well lucky for you, many drug stores have quality affordable makeup that most people don’t know about. If you are struggling to find balance between the things you choose to spend money on, this article is for you. From mascara to lipstick to everything between, we found some amazing dupes that we would like to share with you.

 

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We compared L’oreal Lash Paradise ($7.99) and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23). We found that they have very similar appearances like the metallic light pink packaging and the hourglass shape of the wand with full bristles. While Better Than Sex gives the lashes more length and volume, it has a dry formula that can cause clumps. Lash Paradise is able to build up to the length and volume of Better Than Sex after many coats and has a wetter formula that is easier to apply. In conclusion, we found the mascaras to be very comparable and to look the exact same after there were more coats on the Lash Paradise side. Although we prefer Better Than Sex because of the better quality, Lash Paradise is a very close dupe.

Face Powder:

 

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We compared Maybelline Master Fix Powder ($7.99) and Makeup Forever HD Powder ($35). A huge con of the HD powder is that it is three times as expensive and it is a very similar powder. These powders can be used all over the face, under the eyes, or any where you want because it is a translucent powder. They are both silicon based which gives them similar finishes. All translucent powders will give you a white cast when a flash picture is taken so both of these have that as well. After a day of wearing the powder, both powders look the exact same which makes this a great dupe. We completely recommend this powder.

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We compared the Real Techniques Sponge and the Beauty Blender. These are sponges that can be used to apply foundation or concealer in a smooth way using bouncing motions. The real techniques sponge is much cheaper at only $4.99 and the Beauty Blender is $20. Both of these sponges are the same size but not the same shape. The Real Techniques sponge has a flat side that we prefer for undereye concealer. Both apply equally as well, both very smooth. The thing that makes the Beauty Blender better in our opinion is that the Real Techniques sponge retains water and can absorb makeup which could cause you to waste makeup. The Real Techniques sponge is still a really great sponge and a great dupe for the price.

Eyeliner:

 

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We compared Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner ($7.99) and Kat Von D Tattoo liner ($20). In this comparison, the Master Precise was a wetter formula and easier to apply. The Kat Von D liner was sticky when dry and chunks would fall off. The Kat Von D liner was opaque and precise but harder to apply because of the dry formula. After the application process, they both stayed on the same throughout the day and held up well. We recommend this dupe because we preferred the Maybelline Master Precise, which is much cheaper.

 

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We compared Velvet Teddy Lipstick by Mac ( $17) and Wet and Wild Bare It All (7.99). The colors of these two are the exact same and both held up very well through the day. We found that Velvet Teddy dried down easier and stayed very matte. Bare it All was shinier and creamier with slightly more transfer. Overall, these lipsticks are very comparable and while we prefer the Mac lipstick because of the matte formula, the Wet and Wild dupe is very similar.

 

Our goal was to find the best of the best makeup dupes for affordable prices. We found a few face product we thought would be useful to someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, but wants to find some cheap makeup. These products will be good for anyone who feels like their money would be better spent on other things and not on makeup. Anyone can benefit from this because these products are comparable to the products that are expensive, so you can find good quality products for less money.

By: Devyn Yocom and Lily Conway