As of the last year I have worked at a pizza place here in Cheney, Rosa’s Pizza. It is an employee privelege that if you work more than four hours you are granted a free meal within a certain price range. This would be generous but there are no breaks given to enjoy that meal. At first it was great to be around one of my favorite foods regularly! I love the smell of pizza baking, I loved the fresh ingedients and most of all I definitely loved eating! Let’s just say in the summer I put on a few pounds 🙁
At first working over a four hour shift was awesome because I was reinforced with a free meal! It was my favorite food 🙂 I thought it would never get sick of pizza since I loved it so much. Man I was wrong! After making about 20 jumbo pizza’s in one night or being slammed with a huge rush understaffed and eating pizza every weekend at work it got old! It no longer was looked at as a reinforcement, I found ways to avoid the pizza all together and moved on to salads and sandwiches. Those like pizza quickly became a punishment to eat since they just reminded me of all the work I had to do to just enjoy that one meal.
I don’t work much there so I would be struck with a spontanious recovery, but with each recovery it became more common that pizza as a reinforcer would become less common. I would recovery from my dissatisfaction of pizza but with each time I would not enjoy pizza all that much sooner. I just recently quit there and have my last two shifts, since it is my favorite food I’m hoping for a recovery that will last me a lifetime since pizza use to be a privelege for me!