Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
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Why Aren't Restaurants Kissing This Critic's Ass Anymore?

"Managers, hosts, waiters, sommeliers, chefs and cooks care about their place when they have no immediate plans to bolt…. But today, eatery employees seem not to respect even their bosses. Many start a new gig with an exit strategy already in mind. One unmentionable reason: The legal crackdown on 'management' employees (which can mean just about anything) misappropriating tips from lowlier staffers makes it harder to make the bucks that some once took as their due. In the new climate, all it takes is the hint of a better deal elsewhere to lure them out the door."
—Service at city bistros is worse now that higher-ups don't have as many opportunities to exploit fellow restaurant workers with less power, apparently.

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stuffisthings (#1,352)

Wait, so cracking down on wage theft is leading to employees having less respect for their bosses?

deepomega (#1,720)

@stuffisthings I believe the flow chart is thus: Crackdown on theft taking leads to managers changing jobs more often and caring less about their own performance/the quality of the restaurant they are currently at, which in turn means the sub-management staff don't have as much reason to care. (I will leave what this implies about Marxist critiques of management as an exercise for the reader.)

stuffisthings (#1,352)

@deepomega On the service sector: "From whore to pope, there is a mass of such rabble." — Karl Marx

stuffisthings (#1,352)

@deepomega Also I think the flowchart is more like "We, the New York Post, hate workers and love whining about the service at fancy restaurants. How can we string these two disparate thoughts into a series of words and phrases that scans as coherent English?"

@stuffisthings: I think the argument is that the only good thing about the job was the ability to steal from your minions. Take that away and you're left with crappy erratic wages, crappy erratic hours and no benefits. The talented flee, and the lesser lights take heart in the only joy left to them, torturing Steve Cuozzo.

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