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  •  Yep, exactly. I worked at a restaurant that was (7+ / 0-)

    terrible for this.

    There were servers, sometimes a host, and a bartender in front of the house and cooks and dishwashers in back of the house.  We servers did basically everything in the front: serving, often seating, busing, cleaning, making desserts and special non-alcoholic drinks and more.  And we got $2.77 an hour.

    It was a chain place that was open all day, with absurd variation in business.  Crushing lunch rushes, followed by practical dead time until dinner.

    There were never enough servers when it was busy and sometimes the rushes never appeared and we walked home with very light pockets.  I think I seriously made less than $20 one evening for an 8 hour shift.  Not that I worked my ass off that day, but I still did a pretty decent amount of work, considering all the extra duties they made servers take on.  And it was still a day of my time that I practically donated to them.

    Not to mention that they would sometimes send people home if it was slow, but they'd extremely rarely call people in if it were really busy.

    So you're completely right.  On busy days there weren't enough staff, and all saddled with extra duties, so only the very most talented/experienced/lucky one or two were really able to capitalize and make a lot of money (the rest of us were so harried and overworked that we struggled to give great, fast service to every table, causing our tips to suffer).  On slow days we kept the place running and open for business for basically $3 an hour.

    Either way, the owners were laughing all the way to the bank.

    The politics of direct action is based, to a certain degree, on a faith that freedom is contagious. - David Graeber

    by An Affirming Flame on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 03:02:31 PM PST

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