I am too short to work in a kitchen. Or! Are kitchens built for people who are tall?
At 5' 4", I am the average height of a U.S. woman. More women in the United States are 5'4" than are not. Still, working in a restaurant, I feel exceptionally short.
I can't reach the glasses on the top shelf, I have to grab a chair and climb to get linens stacked above and one night a box of organic English breakfast tea busted my lip when I couldn't reach it and used brute force to punch it down from its perch.
"Would you get this down for me? I can't reach it," I once said to a co-worker over 6 feet tall.
"That is a common refrain around here," and I don't think he's wrong. If I were tall I'd be pissed about all the extra work I had to do for "shorties" who can't reach. But, if 5'4" is the national average of US women, then who are these commercial kitchens made for?
I'll give you one guess.