The Insane Waiter

Running wild on customers, chefs, owners and managers since 1997. I bring to you, The Insane Waiter. What do bring to your table? A crisp bottle of San Pellegrino ? Perhaps a lovely seared Sashimi Tuna? Start off with a wonderful bottle from Tuscany perhaps? Why I'll be more than happy to bring you your White Zinfandel and Chicken Caesar. No you can't order the mac and cheese off the kids menu and sorry no, we don't serve cheese sticks....

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

another poor soul

Ugh, I just read another article about a poor poor stock broker that lost his job making $200k and is now slumming it as a host at a restaurant making $25k.  Their poor children had to stop taking ballet and tumbling classes.  

While I feel sorry for him losing his job, I'm sick of the restaurant world being the catch all or the bottom of the barrel for people losing their swanky, high paying, glamorous jobs.  

"Oh the horror of it having to work in a restaurant!"

Maybe if they didn't have to have a condo that costs them 6 grand a month or three cars or tumbling classes for the kids they wouldn't have depleted their savings so fast or they could actually survive on a restaurant salary.  I had tumbling classes as a the front yard of our house with our family dog as the instructor.

I don't know.  Will it ever change?  Will restaurant employees ever get respect for a hard days work?

The worst part, I guess, is these douches are sucking up all the jobs from the those that actually have experience and it is their only field.  I do know I'm holding on to my job for a while.  Maybe I'll start a bartending school for all the broke stockers.



At 1:28 PM , Blogger Moose said...

I am unemployed and disabled. Although I have 20+ years in the computer world, I cannot find a new job in my field. And because I'm disabled I cannot find a job outside of it, either.

I would kill for a job as, say, a host at a restaurant, but there is no restaurant that would allow me to do this. Despite the fact that I can easily do the most critical skill of a host -- plan out the seating so a waiter doesn't get swamped with multiple new tables at once, I'm not "young, healthy and pretty" enough to be the front line of a restaurant.

Stupidity goes both ways. Rule One: PEOPLE ARE MORONS.

At 4:35 PM , Blogger Will Hennessy said...

a co-worker of mine saw that article in yahoo and recognized him from growing up in NY.

while it sucks to lose your job, especially with mouths to feed, he said the guy was a dirty dog and a leech who preyed on women and was always looking for the next scam.

don't know if he ever changed or not, but what a small world!

At 8:56 AM , Blogger CubeGuy said...

On the plus side, this is a guy who will probably never abuse a server again.

At 7:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Moose:

I kinda don't buy it. True, maybe you wouldn't get picked up at a fine dining place or a sports bar where they want a bunch of hot young girls to host despite their lack of brains. But, well, I've worked at/been to "casual dining" chains where it's obvious that their first priority isn't how hot the host/ess is. Can you stand/walk around for 8 hours without a break? Can you tolerate low exposure to cleaning chemicals such as chlorine and ammonia (common ingredients in most cleaners that you'll use for your nightly clean up)? Can you look neat and clean? If the answers to those questions is "yes", then you can host somewhere. Applebee's? TGIF? Hell, even a smaller family-owned place. You never know unless you try. Good Luck!

At 9:34 PM , Blogger Moose said...

Er, Sweetassalt: I can clean. I dress neat and clean. But I'm *disabled*. No, I can't stand & walk for 8 hours. I can roll around. But people don't want to deal with that.

At 1:14 AM , Anonymous Greg said...

@ sweetassalt:

You don't possess even the slightest clue, do you?

@ Moose:

Best wishes to you, and good luck in your job search.

At 1:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


You realize that "disabled" can mean any number of things, right? No reason to jump up the other poster's butt because you didn't clarify in what way you're disabled.

At 1:28 PM , Blogger Christian said...

My wife runs a catering company. Through her I get to see the huge difference in skill and attitude between people who wait because they are biding time until something better comes along, and those who have made restaurants and catering their career. I'm always impressed when my wife sticks to her guns and demands $25/hour + gratuity for her staff.

It's hard work and deserves good pay.

At 1:21 PM , Blogger Apron Man said...

Um...I actually laughed out loud at this! Tumbling in the front yard with the Too funny. And you're right, restaurant workers or customer service people will never get 100% respect. It just won't happen.

At 11:50 AM , Blogger Restaurant Masochist said...

My blog covers this crap and more. It's hard to instill a sense of professionalism and passion in people who are just looking for a paycheck, especially the unexperienced.

As far as respect goes, it'll never happen. We are considered the dogs of the working world, and I really don't give a crap. Most of the people who look down on restaurant professionals are nothing but delusional "rich" morons who are one paycheck away from bankruptcy, because they live way beyond their means in debt, all to "look cool" or "rich" in the eyes of people that they either envy or hate. Pretty pathetic.

I'll link your blog on mine (not to spam, but just add restaurantmasochist to the beginning of your URL to view mine). Some great writing here.

At 12:20 PM , Anonymous Golf Blog said...

I too have experienced the low moral of the restaurant industry. It does seem that there is little respect involved when you become a server. I had that people complain about being a server when you definitely hit the nail on the head on over spending! If they weren't overspending maybe that VP wouldn't have to work at a restaurant to pay his bills. UGH.

At 2:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waiter, do you ever read the comic strip "Retail"? It's about the horrors of working in a dept store. Right now they are training their holiday help, among which are car salesmen and others who have lost their jobs in the corporate world. Marla, the manager, is telling them how working in a dept store is different than their old jobs. I think you'd really enjoy it.

At 4:49 PM , Blogger Stefan said...

I completely agree with you. I do dislike that it's like the saftey net of the world to work at restaraunt and yet when people have to do it they complain. Like it's a punishment, when really i'm grateful for some of the things i've learned. Aside from the whole people can really mess with your food topic, for those that excel in the business and start to just get it, you leanr patience, organization, real life lessons. No, i wont do it forever, but while i'm young and have no real career goal and like the hours and money, i'm about it. People can hate it if they want, but they are normally the one's that can't cut it.

At 5:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you teach the hosts at my restaurant how to plan out not swamping a server because not one has a clue

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