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    Re: The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    I worked 5 years as a busboy, server, front manager, etc. When I was sick, I said so - I can't think of a single instance where I was told to stay and work when I had a potentially infectious disease. The last thing anyone needs is for a negative story on the restaurant like that getting out. Every manager knows like it was tattoo'd on his face that people will typically tell at least three times as many people about a bad dining experience as a good one. I am... suspicious that this would be more than anything but a case of isolated, stupid managers.
    I don't think the concern is managers not letting sick employees go home. The concern is sick employees not telling their managers they're sick because they cannot AFFORD to take a day off.

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    Re: The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    I don't think the concern is managers not letting sick employees go home. The concern is sick employees not telling their managers they're sick because they cannot AFFORD to take a day off.
    Both.

    When one of my kids was at the ER because he knocked a tooth out there was a mother there - her daughter stopped breathing, they were doing cpr and some other emergency procedure. She and the staff called - and called - and called the restaurant that her husband (the father) worked at - they never passed on the message. . .he never called to say he was coming immediately or anything. She was on the phone screaming for them to get him and put him on the phone - and they didn't.

    I don't know what happened to that child - or with the work situation - but it really sounded like they could give a **** less about the kid possibly dying - they had customers who wanted their orders done *right now*

    Restaurants are ****ty places to work - period - because some people are just slobby lazy ****s who don't want to cook for theirselves, are rude as all hell, impatient and disgusting people. . . and 'customer service' is #1.

    It's all a bs web that I don't like to participate in - I keep my patronage to restaurants quite low and I refuse to ever *ever* be a bitchy dick, rude, impatient, or tipless. You never *ever* know what more serious issues are going on that are far more important than your stupid steak.
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    Re: The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    To be honest, I think you're only 66.6% right on that one. The one thing I can compliment unions on, is that they do create and enforce safety rules and procedures on the job.
    You're right, I'm painting with too broad a brush. My personal union experience is limited to a handful of jobs, and each experience was worse than the last. I've worked in two unionized workplaces that serve food, and both were the dirtiest, nastiest operations I had ever been a part of.

    My point being, unions are not the be-all-end-all answer. People may think that unions could solve problems like restaurant sanitation and food safety, but in my personal experience they have had the opposite effect.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Restaurants are ****ty places to work - period - because some people are just slobby lazy ****s who don't want to cook for theirselves, are rude as all hell, impatient and disgusting people. . . and 'customer service' is #1.
    I worked in reastaurants (and bars, and night clubs, and sports arenas, and casinos, etc. etc.) for more than two decades, and I couldn't possibly disagree more. As a waiter and bartender, I loved my job. Come to work at 5pm, be off by 10pm, average $50/hour (and then put some of that money in savings, just in case you get sick and can't work). Yes, you have to deal with the occasional arsehole customer, but that's true in nearly every job.

    For people with highly-developed social skills, the hospitality industry is a great place to work. Good times.

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    In one job I instantly went from the store manager's favorite cook to the bottom of her list because I had the audacity to take 5 days off (with a doctor's note) when I contacted mono. Seriously. I was expected to ignore the doctor's advice and work anyway. And while that one instance is extreme in the other direction, I worked in enough different places to know that that mindset was the norm, not the exception.

    I read the story and thought about how sheltered and naive people are when they act shocked that this happens. It is far more common than people want to think.
    No, it's really not. I'm not saying that there aren't bad/stupid managers out there, because there are. I'm saying that it takes an incredibly stupid manager to make the decision to place the health and safety of their customers in jeopardy for any reason (and managers eat out of that same kitchen too, remember). Poor sanitation practices lead to lawsuits, which can (and will and do) put a restaurant out of business. Bad managers and dirty kitchens are the exception, not the rule.

    It's too bad you guys didn't work in my restaurant. You'd have loved it.

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    Re: The Worst Restaurants to Work For

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    In one job I instantly went from the store manager's favorite cook to the bottom of her list because I had the audacity to take 5 days off (with a doctor's note) when I contacted mono. Seriously. I was expected to ignore the doctor's advice and work anyway. And while that one instance is extreme in the other direction, I worked in enough different places to know that that mindset was the norm, not the exception.
    engaging in this kind of negligence should result in losing your restaurant.

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