Jacks gets ready for cup crowd
IN THE aftermath of the Ipswich Cup, thousands of jolly race-goers will be left wandering the streets searching for a taxi, a drink and a bite to eat.
While unable to assist with alcohol and transport, a certain fast-food franchise is set to be packed out feeding its biggest crowd of the year.
Hungry Jacks manager Sarah Longman said the Booval outlet would hire nearly double the staff in an effort to cope with the droves expected to place an order on Saturday.
“Ipswich Cup day is ridiculously crazy,” Ms Longman said.
“The rush starts at 5pm and things generally slow down at about 11 - it is by far the biggest day of the year.”
It seems nothing stimulates starvation pain like a long day out in the sun socialising, punting and sipping your favourite beverage.
Ms Longman, who has worked at the Booval outlet for nine years, said her staff would likely serve an extra 5000 to 6000 customers on race day.
In spite of the madness that comes with all the extra business, she said employees didn't mind putting their hand up to work the additional shift.
“The customers are mostly hilarious,” she said.
“You will see the odd peculiar person but it's mostly fun to watch and a lot of staff will beg me to work on Ipswich Cup day.”
Just in case there is an outbreak of stupidity this year, the shop has hired a security guard to man the front door from 5pm.
Police also keep a close eye on Hungry Jacks and the surrounding area, as it has been known to host the odd scuffle among race-goers in years gone by.