To waitress, or not to waitress; that is the question. Do I have the answer? The money is great. We are never without a dollar in our pockets. But yes, there are repercussions. Through personal experience and from what I have heard from other waiters and waitresses, anywhere from thirty to fifty percent of all restaurant and diner owners are maladjusted psychopaths. They use their staffs as battering rams and unfortunately most of the workers allow it! Why? Because they need the job. It is pretty much what I'd call an "employee hostage" situation. Sigh. Norma Rae, where are you when we need you?
Working in the food industry is full of both joy and pain. Rude customers - what are you gonna do? Just serve them and send them on their way. But when your boss is crazier than a loon, then what? No sending your boss on his way, is there? Nope. You're stuck. But he is forgetting - we, the servers, are the ones who generate the revenue that pays the salaries. Hmmm. As for the joy, well, that's where the great money comes in. But there has to be a better work environment for us. We have to make a better environment. As the backbone of the industry, we have the right to do so.