Yes, I'm sure there are a 'few' restaurants out there that are nice to work for, I did like some of them, but for the most part, it is one of the most thankless jobs there is.
Between the horrible hours, the crappy pay, or the lack of pay if your sick, the average tips, and simply allowing the public to be responsible for paying most of your wages, is in my opinion, unacceptable.
I was never so glad than to leave that business for good. I pray I never have to wait tables again!
Not so much the actual job, but the companies, or even solely owned ones, are the problem. They take complete advantage of the workers, whether you're a cook, or server, you are in for a hard job, for slave wages.
I have often wanted to write a book of the truth behind the business, but it has left me with such a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach that I don't think I could get it down on paper without a lot of anger spewing out. Truly, a horrible way to make a career.
Since I left the business 4 years ago, I sympathize for the people still running their ass off, scrubbing for inspections, and having their hard earned money being stripped away from them in either unfair taxes, or having to tip the bussers, bartenders, or expediters when those people are at least making minimum wage.
My back, shoulders, feet, and neck, will never be the same. I live with chronic pain every day.
But, there is some good news, I learned to work with the public. I learned about the business from the bottom up, and I've learned that you need to fight for what you believe in. I have also learned, I don't do well with idiot bosses, so it's best I work for myself.
The best decision I have ever made is to stay home and write. With the blessing of my husband who has to go out and make the money, I have had the privilege of staying home and doing what I love for a change.
I'm sure there are many of you out there that are in a job you hate. I'm also sure that some of you love your job and I'm curious about what those jobs are. Yes, some of you have educations behind you and chose wisely, where other's, like me, never knew what they wanted to do. Although, I did always know I wanted to write.
Leave me a comment and let me know what type of work you do besides writing, or if you are finally fortunate to stay home and do what you love.
Please forgive the rantings of working in the restaurant business, but sometimes you have to get things off your chest. Just be glad I didn't say everything I feel about it, it would have been a 3 page blog post!
Until Thursday, I hope all of you have a great week, and don't forget to add your thoughts below, I love reading them and getting to know you and your thoughts!