25 Reasons Why It Sucks to Work in Food Service
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.
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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.
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?