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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Gale Imperl, Oak Park and River Forest High School's longtime food server, was asked about if she ever wanted to be a cook in the cafeteria. She gave a firm no. She said she might cook for herself and her family but never had a desire to be a school chef. The school's new open campus, she said, also hasn't caused too much work for her and the lunchroom staff. One other interesting topic she discussed was what happens when there's a power outage at the school (Dan Haley, our publisher, recently wrote about the perplexing predicament of what happens when the power goes out at a local Walgreens and the cash registers stop working). Rather than staring at the machine and collecting no money, Imperl said the school lunchroom staff writes down the students ID and what they purchased on a slip of paper. When the power comes back on, the cashiers enter that info into the registers. And, she said she has no problems counting out change without a register, something that you're kinda taught to do growing up, she said.  

Lastly, Imperl said her hobbies include gardening, going out with friends and traveling during the summer--California is her "passion" as she has family in Anaheim.

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M from Ahntholz  

Posted: November 9th, 2011 11:25 PM

The written is an a whole what gentelman ask a women her age. The story is written in a way to make her look dumb and stupid. I guess the written is a fifth grade drop out.

Envious of this cafe  

Posted: September 19th, 2011 10:30 PM

This lunchroom looks much cleaner and brighter than at the school where I work. Our cafeteria looks dark, dirty, and dingy.

T.J. from Oak Park  

Posted: September 16th, 2011 9:10 PM

Sweet story. Too bad she is surrounded by junk food in her photo. I remember my time at OPRF, lunch was pure garbage food. But what could your have expected for $1.15 for a whole "meal" even back then?

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