Most managers abide by the "If you have time to lean, you have time to clean" rule. If it is a fast food restaurant, there's always stuff to clean. (Us third shifters tend to pick up the slack.)
The only time I have an issue with this is when I work with Violet.
They replaced Cubbie with a few half baked people. While all were faster workers than I am, Violet would try to saddle the extra work with me. With Violet, none of these assholes can do any work because Late Night Geek will do it all.
Apparently, an hour smoke is better use of their time. (I let them all fall in their asses.) I was always getting in trouble for not doing it. I talked to two of the assistant managers because I was the only one doing certain things. Thankfully, one works overnights regularly and can vouch for me.
My favorite story takes late last year. I put in for three days off together, telling them that I would be more than happy to work the holiday before it. When I returned, Violet was breathing down my neck that certain things, not everything was third shift exclusive, was not done. I knew that two of the three days were short handed. (People called in sick, one decided not to show up. I could not come in due to being close to overtime, I could not even if I was not.)
The thing that pissed her off the most? The prep table was not wiped down and cleaned at the end of the closing on my third day off. She was the closing manager. Let that sink in. I had not been there for TWO days and she's throwing a fit because she did not do her job.
My eyes nearly rolled out of my head. I promptly told her that I was not going to drive a fifteen miles round trip to work for a few minutes. Its not the first time explaining that!
Violet has been not been working third shift except for the odd shift. The "throw everything on Late Night Geek" does not happen much anymore.
May all your customers be sane!
--Late Night Geek