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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

The Waiter Chronicles (part 5) redux: Time on Waiters

Friday, July 20, 2007

Waiterrant.net links to this Time Magazine article written last month. Here's the money quote:
A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, Unregulated Work in the Global City, documents a disturbing pattern of health and safety violations, wage inequities, and other indignities that plague a surprisingly broad swath of low-wage urban laborers.
The wage inequities interests me, because I don't have any idea what my co-workers make. The men and women who assist the chef in the kitchen and who wash the dishes--I don't even know their names, and I wouldn't be able to converse with them even if I did.

Apart from one of the owners, I am the only non-Mexican, non-Italian white person on the staff. That fact has already caused the other owner to have me checking phone messages and calling to confirm reservations (he also has taken to calling me "The Professor," seemingly because I went to grad. school).

The seedy side of restaurant staffing will not be far to find here, I'm afraid.

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