Nightlife: The story behind your late night snack

Kelsey Roehrich

It’s 2 o’clock in the morning on a Saturday, and pretty much everyone is thinking about the same thing: food.

Students storm down the street in a drunken haze ready to get that late night snack. Awaiting this craze are all of the employees working on Welch Avenue each night.

“It is pretty entertaining at the beginning of the night,” said Brie Morreale, sophomore in animal ecology and employee at Jimmy John’s.

When people are drunk, they will yell a lot and forget their sandwiches and pretty much blame you for everything, Morreale said. They will watch the employees make their sandwiches and try to get them to give them extras and free things.

“Time goes by faster when you have that adrenaline rush,” Morreale. “It becomes almost second nature as the night goes on.”

Morreale said she has seen fights in the door of Jimmy John’s where people have fought police officers, as well as people walking into the store smoking cigarettes.

“One guy passed out in a booth with a mouthful of pizza and when I tried to tell him to go home he said: ‘I am home,’ and started to munch on the table,” said Meredith Witcher, junior in special education and employee of Jeff’s Pizza.

People have passed out on tables and in the bathroom and have knocked over the pizza slice box, Witcher said.

Jeff Weig, assistant manager of Jeff’s Pizza, said about 80 percent of customers that come in on a normal night are drunk.

“On football game [days,] pretty much everyone is drunk,” Weig said.

He also said that on a weekend night all of the employees can make up to

$75 in tips.

“The good thing is when people are drunk, they don’t pay attention to what they are signing,” Witcher said. “I have gotten a $17 tip before.”

During the night, employees play games with the drunk people to keep themselves entertained, Witcher said. 

Jeff’s Pizza has what they like to call “the sausage dance,” and if a customer does the dance, they will get a discount.

“Most people come out looking for a good time. If you’re having fun with them, it’s not so bad,” said Vincent Geerts, employee of Super Dog.

It takes a strong will to work at the Super Dog stand, and the job can be very mentally rigorous when you have people constantly yelling at you, Geerts said.

“You have to know how to deal with people who aren’t in their right mind and deal with them in the nicest way possible,” Geerts said.

Dan Albright, Super Dog employee, said unless temperatures are fewer than 6 degrees or the weather seems threatening, Super Dog will be on Welch.

“Thursday nights are the worst because of mug night,” Geerts said.

With countless intoxicated customers lining up to get their late night Super Dog fix, there are bound to be some interesting experiences.

Albright said one night a man tried to pay for his Super Dog using a Sam’s Club card.

“I said: “Sir, we don’t take Sam’s Club cards; you might want to try that at Sam’s Club.”

The man proceeded to try the card at Jimmy John’s and the gyro stand about three times. 

After being turned down multiple times, he tried taking cash out at the ATM using the Sam’s Club card.

It is safe to say that he was unsuccessful, Albright said.

Geerts and Albright said they have had instances where they needed to call people cabs or call the cops because somebody is in a dangerous situation.

Geerts said: “People can be unreasonable, but you just serve them with a smile.”