“The tills are down and we can’t take cash.”

It’s Greg McGarity’s worst nightmare.

Fans attending the Nebraska and Northwestern college football game in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday expected to have plenty of fun in a unique environment, plus all the food and drink they could handle.

When the concession workers notified fans in the first half that the credit card machines used to take payments were down because the Wi-Fi connection was out at Aviva Stadium, those in line literally got all the food and drink they could handle.

… The solution: Christmas morning for those in attendance. Social media posts showed hundreds of fans filling the concourses as they patiently waited.

Or it would be, anyway.  After all, you can’t have Wi-Fi go out during a game if it never worked during a game in the first place.

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24 responses to ““The tills are down and we can’t take cash.”

  1. 81Dog

    Dawg bless the fundraisers who work in the UGA concession stands, but for whatever reason, the people who seem to work like that project a complete lack of interest in being there. This makes things move more slowly, and it’s always such a pleasure when you arrive at the head of a long line mid 2d quarter to be told with a dismissive shrug “we’re out of that.” Or to wait for 2 or 3 “volunteers” to quit cackling about whatever story they’re bonding over to get to work.

    I’m sure “free labor” is a tremendous boost to the UGAAA, but just hire Chick fil A to run the concession operation. All the cool payment tech in the world wont iimprove the wretched experience like a simple dose of competence.

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    • Illini84

      I have a buddy who ran the stand for a girls high school softball team and it was an awful experience for him and the kids. Think of how happy the workers are at the Masters.

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      • 81Dog

        I have sisters who are CFA operators. Those kids are trained, but the training is so effective the workers actually make you believe they’re thrilled that you stopped in. Contrast that with what you get at the average Burger King or McDonald’s, which is some person grunting at you as they literally toss the bag at you. Even the ones who try to follow the customer service script say the words like “these are sounds I’m supposed to make, I don’t know or care what they actually mean.”

        Im sure a lot of the kids working at Sanford are told they HAVE to be there, and they exude that delightful exuberance most prisoners project. They don’t want to be there, the adults supervising them don’t want to be there, and none of them care if you see that because you don’t have any choice. They get some money for showing up, not for being efficient or pleasant, apparently. So why waste the effort?

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      • The Masters uses the grab and go concept as well. They only have to keep items in stock and payments running through the card machine.

        What slows everything down at Sanford concessions (as it does at your local high school game) is you place your order, the person yells the order to someone else, that person finds or doesn’t find the product, they deliver the product (or tell you they don’t have that right now and the process restarts), and they take your payment. In the meantime, 5 more people have joined the line.

        It’s the classic queuing problem. Those working the queue can’t get people out of the queue faster than the number of people joining the queue. Even the most diligent worker can’t beat that.

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      • Russ

        In college, our frat found out we could volunteer to sell beer at the Braves game and keep a percentage of the take. Great fund raiser, right? Except that we drank up all the profit at the game and probably were lucky to get out of there without having to pay.

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    • 81, I admit that since I’ve started using the grab and go stations at Sanford, I’ve never had a bad concessions experience. All they have to do is keep the shelves and coolers stocked and take payments. They should be all over the stadium.

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      • 81Dog

        I must be in the wrong part of the stadium! 😂

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        • The one under the west end zone is never crowded before the game (that’s even with a portion of the student section right there). I have no idea about it during the game. I get out of there quicker than the full concession stand right across the concourse.

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  2. Biggen

    Im amazed such a large venue like this doesn’t have cellular backup connections. I have it for my small business so that if Comcast goes out my router fails over to Verizon and we can continue to process credit cards like normal and the employees are unaware of the main internet outage.

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  3. NotMyCrossToBear

    That’s a great idea since you actually care about your customers and need them since you are a small business. Probably costs you money too. I gave up my season tickets when I grew tired of feeling like a wallet.

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  4. Faltering Memory

    I placed my order for a drink with the teenager working my line. He had to wait for two other workers to fill their drink orders. As he started filling my cup, some big bossy woman comes over. slaps the kid on the back about getting his order straight, screams at me “what you order?” I told her the teenager was filling my order correctly. She went on to harass someone else.

    Second, a few seasons ago when they offered big cups with free refills, I suggested to one of the top event managers, they should move a Coke wagon inside the main gate to do nothing but refills. The reply was not ‘we will check into that,’ it was just dismissed on the spot.

    Concessions as a whole have not been worth a darn since Poss’s last game as concessionaire.

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  5. PTC DAWG

    CASH..remember that?

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  6. RangerRuss

    81Dog mentioned Chik-fil-a. Not only are the sandwiches consistently delicious but service is impeccable and the stores are clean with sterile bathrooms. That’s important as I generally only eat that fast food shit when traveling. I’ve never been disappointed in Chik-fil-a.
    On the way to Florida via I-75 Saturday a week ago we stopped at 11am at exit 62 in Tifton Chik-fil-a. Not too crowded. Placed my order, walked to end of counter turned to speak to TBG and my order was ready. Less than 30 seconds. Impressive.
    Stopped same place on the way home at 12:30 last Saturday. Place was packed. Same service. Now I’m really impressed. They obviously hire a certain type who take well to their Stepford Wives-style training. It’s actually a bit creepy upon reflection. The demeanor seems to rub off on customers as cars are stopping well back for pedestrians, folks smiling and nodding exiting the restaurant and putting trash in cans rather than slinging it on the pavement.
    That’s a helluva business model. I even stopped bitching about the two(every time) dill pickles on the sammich.

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    • miltondawg

      I stopped going to that Exit 62 Tifton CFA a few years ago after multiple stops for the drive-thru and going in the restaurant that took forever. CFA’s industrial engineers must have jumped on that issue to make it more efficient. Good to know.

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      • RangerRuss

        Milton, it could’ve simply been the good karma that followed me the entire vacation. Not one stop or even slow down on 75 both ways. Limited number of shitheads in the fast lane. I caught a 3+ foot tarpon fucking around on the dock and that asshole Gator Bob bowed out as he’s too big a coward to take the ration of shit he deserved from an alumnus of the 2021 National Champion University of Georgia. I never liked him any gotdam way.
        Fuck those motherfuckers.

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    • Raleighwood Rob

      I’m also anti-pickles on my sandwich and they don’t mind not adding them if you just ask. 😊

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  7. Texas Dawg

    The beer cup snake was a thing to marvel at. I suspect there were a lot of headaches on Sunday morning in Dublin Ireland.

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  8. Anon

    Walk in buccees-take a dump in a cathedral. Walk out with a biscuit

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  9. Got Cowdog

    I had a major concession issue this weekend. I left the cooler on the tailgate while I went off to the backside of the place on the tractor. When I realized what I had done I had to go all the way back to the barn, get the cooler, then go all the way back to the field. Cost me an hour and probably 5 bucks worth of fuel.

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    • Anon

      Can sympathize. Mine is usually running the JW Black bottle dry late at night and gave to resort to that famous grouse shit I keep for the neighbor

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    • RangerRuss

      Uncle Got, now I know why you plowed the salat patch diagonally.
      Peyote and tequila? Naw.
      PBR.

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      • Got Cowdog

        You know it! Fucking around in 90 degree heat all day? Reach way down in the bottom of the cooler to get the coldest one. Those Blibbons taste mighty good…

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