It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, mostly for a definite lack of things to actually say. The pandemic has been really hard on my mental well-being because there was literally nothing to do, and with nothing to do I had nothing to say.
Yes, I would agree that I am one of those people for whom work defines who they are. Whether it is a fault or a blessing… I don’t know. It is what it is and I don’t think it will change for a good long while.
Other than that there isn’t that much that others in food media haven’t said. Restaurants dying from the pandemic? Check. People leaving the industry for good? Check. Restaurant owners complaining they cannot find enough staff while at the same time not paying staff a living wage? Check.
On my part I finally managed to snag a job in the front of house. It’s quiet right now but there is the eternal hope it will improve in the future. The pay is okay at 12 dollars an hour (which is just 25 cents above the current minimum wage in the city) but the tips are supposed to make up for that. I will probably have more to say in this specific matter in the future because in the two weeks I have been employed there I have gotten about 10 dollars in tips total.
The more things change the more they stay the same, do they not?
My serving job at an expensive restaurant in Manhattan ended abruptly in mid-March. The last evening I worked, I had the distinct feeling of being a violinist in the quartet on the Titanic, doggedly serenading despite certain death as my sonatas/wine key attempted to assuage the panicked first-class passengers trying to flee.
Source: I’m an Unemployed Waitress. Don’t Dine Out At All.
The vast majority of people that can afford to dine out these days are also people who an afford an extended stay at a hospital because of COVID-19 and also can manage extended healthcare costs after they leave the hospital.
The rest of us are not so lucky in this regard and a fair number of people I know are also refusing to return to the workforce as they know they will have less money available for rent/bills/food/discretion than if they remain on unemployment.
I hope this will be the push the restaurant industry needs to leave tipping behind. It is a shame it had to come to this.
Should you have to dress sexy to keep your job? Many women working at some of Canada’s popular restaurant chains say they do, which some experts argue is discriminatory.
Source: <a href="http://www Recommended Site.cbc.ca/news/business/marketplace-gender-specific-dress-codes-1.3474289″>Restaurant dress codes: Sexy outfits for female staff may be discriminatory – Business – CBC News