The perspective of the restaurant worker, which is often ignored, has recently become more accessible through print ("My Week as a Waiter"), media (i.e. the movie "Waiting…"), and the internet (Waiterrant.net).
This may be due to more people working in restaurants (nearly 50% of adults have worked in the restaurant industry, source: NRA), and more people going to restaurants (no other country eats out as frequently as those in the United States, source: AOL).
Many times, servers are debating with customers in message boards or forums about the nature of the profession. Servers will talk about customers who lack patience, respect, and consideration for servers. Customers who have experienced bad service will remark on servers who are uncaring, unprofessional, and inconsiderate of customers. The relationship between customer and server is put on eggshells when there isn't consideration and mutual respect.
To balance out the numerous consumer sites where diners post their experiences, the following are links to sites where content is written by restaurant workers:
The Stained Apron
The Insane Waiter
Waitress On the Sea
Restaurant Girl Speaks
The Angry Waiter
The Food Liberation Front
Red Lobster Hates Its Employees
also, here is a recent article about restaurant workers on the internet: Read the rest of this entry »