I worked a restaurant with grills… cleaning it is pretty standard among all places, I think… you put the chemical down, ignore the nasty smell, throw some other shit down, rub it down with a grill brick or other such thing…
yes, you can easily get burnt
yes, it smells nasty
yes, all of your clothes smell like the place you’re working when you’re done.
if you drive, yes, your car will smell like it and leave months after you quit the job.
advice: wear shitty clothes. bring extra clothes and leave in your car. change at work. Pack your work clothes in a garbage bag and put it in your trunk. Wash your face before you leave. Wear gloves when cleaning the grill.
My girlfriend worked at McDonald’s and hated it. I can’t imagine fast food customers being rational.