25 Reasons Why It Sucks to Work in Food Service

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Go to college, they said. It will open doors, they said. But after stepping across the stage with that liberal arts degree in hand, you soon find yourself walking into food service serfdom because you have virtually no choice and need to pay the bills. You're serving food and drinks to people who more than likely have better careers than you.

Food service jobs are among the most abundant and easiest to get because they usually require no skills whatsoever except to follow orders. Unfortunately, the industry offers some of the worst jobs in a supposed civilized society. Yesterday, protests were staged around the world, including in Miami, over low wages in the industry.

See also: Worldwide Fast Food Strike to Hit Miami This Week: Employees Demand Better Wages

The industry sucks not just for the worker. Maybe it's the owners who are struggling under a failing business with unreliable employees and no one is having a good time or making any money.

But let's first take a moment to consider why such a monstrosity exists. People love to eat out. According to the National Restaurant Association, the industry accounts for more than $683 billion in annual sales and 10 percent of the overall workforce in the U.S. To be fair, not everyone who works in it hates their job. Some people enjoy it and have ambitions to work in the industry, earning formal educations learning how to become bartenders, chefs, etc. These people dedicate their livelihoods to making the customer feel right. And to that end, do whatever makes you happy.

We've all seen Waiting, and the movie is funny, but the reality is much more depressing. Working at a restaurant and bar might seem fun, but low wages is not the only reason workers picket. The food service industry sucks in so many ways. Let's count them, shall we?

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Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

What sucks more is people who can't even get a job! #appreciate

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Ray Grandon, your mom and dad are brother and sister, aren't they?

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

just 25? 



 Restaurant workers are vulnerable to exploitation due to the work standards in certain parts of the restaurant overworked and underpaid,Unsafe/Unhealthy working Conditions no unemployment and no right. if you say something you get fired. I  had spend about 50 hours a week in one, usually 12 hour shifts   with no breaks. I know this for the FACT that busboy tubs are not  sanitized just clean water. They used same tubs that had "dirty dishes" to  put ice for customer at the bar area.The food handler aka cook   sneezes while  handing food a for the customer ".handle raw and then touch ready to eat food with no gloves" and don't make talked about dirty towel used to clean everything . The glass cup that customer used to drink are not always clean right. Something that sort of goes unsaid is that when a restaurant gets busy. It is often difficult if not nearly impossible to maintain even the semblance of proper hygienic practices. Because the boss at the end of the shift is always  telling you hurry up you are  cost me money and thing like that. Sweat dripping in food, scratching body parts then touching the food. Soggy box of frozen food. the freezer looking like a  tornado it hit what a mess and dirty. I saw those things, I wouldn't eat it. i forgot about the  black mole on the walls around the dishwashing machine. Then again i saw all this things going on.  Nothing Better and safer Than A Home-Cooked Meal. If somebody is willing to work for less they replace you.




Deepzpace Zuicide
Deepzpace Zuicide

Lenny Lebowitz you are a piece of shit. It's bitches like you are why we really hate you. Society is filled with punk ass little fucks like you who think you are better than other people and treat people like slaves. Little bitches like you come in sometimes come in and pull your self righteous shit and get surprised when sometimes I don't bite my fucking tongue. Fuck a job when it comes to a little bitch like you trying to disrespect me. How would you like to work for free motherfucker?? You wouldn't like that shit would you? Hope you're not a returning customer to these places where you tip the waiter because we DO Fuck with people's food or drinks if certain lines are crossed. You enjoy treating people like slaves but watch what you Lenny because people are crazy and you might stiff the wrong waiter one day and he might not give a Fuck, throw down that apron and follow your ass home beat your ass or maybe put a knife to your throat. Fucking with people's money is serious Lenny. You little Fuck. Come to South Beach Ill beat your ass myself you punk ass bitch. I hope your whole family dies in a horrible car accident. Lenny the non tipping Fuck boy.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Lenny, then cook your own damned food and quit your bitching

Lenny Lebowitz
Lenny Lebowitz

Working in resturants must suck and being my server sucks cuz I tip badly , what do i care about people who bring me food or cook it its not my fault you cant get a real job and I will be damned before you get my money

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

I'm sick to fucking death of hearing people whine about food service. If you can get a better job, get it. If you can't, quit bitching and deal. If you go out to eat, and unless the service is bad, shut the hell up and appreciate the people who sweat in a 100 degree kitchen and servers who are on their feet 10 hours a day trying to give your ungrateful ass the best experience possible. I would love nothing more than to get a job on the line but at 46 I'm told repeatedly I'm too old despite the fact I have more heart than half the people I know working in a kitchen. And the people I know live for working with food and to put the best dishes out there. Yet all I hear are lame ass articles like this pissing all over the industry and people who work in it. This writer should either shut up or maybe work the damn line and see how it feels serving ingrates.

Ryan Martin
Ryan Martin

Miami New Times, you should hire me to write your food industry articles. I actually know what I am talking about.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

I want to hire the Author, David Minsky just so I can fire his arrogant, delusional, ignorant, ILLOGICAL Ass.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Minimal work skills, but after being part of the Chaim's surplus, along with all the things they do and put up with, they're entitled in my opinion to a more decent living wage, not necessarily $15hr. But that's a start...

Brian Hughes
Brian Hughes

#1 - you may have to work with delusional employees at various fast food restaurants who believe they are entitled to $15 an hour for having minimal work skills

Ryan Martin
Ryan Martin

Once again, the miami new times proves they have no clue about whats actually going on concerning the stories they write.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Yeah! ^^^^^What he said^^^^^^ just in a less violent tone.

I'm guessing Lenny is what we call a 30k milly around here.  These dudes wearing too much cologne and driving 10 year old BMWs trying to look rich when they really make about 30k per year.


miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

oh he mad!   Where is "South Beach" anyway Lebron?

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter



Why should we have to give you extra money because you are doing your job? Its not my fault that restaurants don't pay their servers enough to make tipping a necessity. if you don't like your job and aren't making enough off your hourly rate get a new job.

None
None

You are not "too old", you are just too good!!  They feel intimidated by you. You are destined for such greater things David. 

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