Even though you haven't been to a bowling alley since you were invited to a duckpin-themed bat mitzvah in middle school, you'd be down to give the sport another try. After all, bowling is fun, and will no doubt cause you to reminisce about your youth in the '80s and '90s.
A trip to the lanes is one of the easiest ways to have a good time. For once, striking out is a good thing, and bowlers get to enjoy a smattering of fried delectables while "exercising." However, the employees at most bowling alleys have a different view of their workplaces.
Like Walmart employees, bowling alley attendants have it especially hard. While everybody loves crushing endless rows of pins, few people ever consider the hard work that goes into maintaining a bowling alley. Now, Redditors who moonlight as employees in bowling establishments are finally airing their gripes. You might not believe half the secrets they share; the alleys' managers would certainly be appalled.
Balls Are Almost Never Cleaned
From Redditor /u/ReflexEight:
"Worked at one for three years... Wash your hands often. We never cleaned our balls."
More People Die In Pin-Related Accidents Than You Might Think
From Redditor /u/robbysaur:
"Kids can easily be crushed by the pinsetters. On average, one person a month, globally, dies from a pinsetter. Usually it's someone working under the machine that forgot to turn it off, but I have seen children take off running down lanes, and my manager has had heart attacks from it."
Bowling Alleys Are The Perfect Venue For Sordid Affairs
From Redditor /u/prunepicker:
"My sister worked at two different bowling alleys. The number of people meeting up and having affairs was staggering. Owner. Employees. Pro shop owner. League bowlers. Everyone was screwing around."
Employees Might Actually Be Sabotaging You
From Redditor /u/canadianpresident:
"I remember sabotaging [games]. I would take a pin out of the machine before it set, add a pin so they fall over, not return a ball, stupid stuff just so that they had to ask for service and here I come to the rescue."