I was surprised and angry to see a letter posted on the doors of a cafe this evening. In essence they are stating “don’t blame us if you have to wait to be served, it’s because the help would rather collect unemployment than work, so we can’t serve you promptly.” I took a picture of it.
Isn’t this some kind of slander towards every server/kitchen help who is no longer working there?
Besides many basic reasons why a person chooses not to return to a restaurant service job, there may be a particular reason they are not returning to work at this restaurant. When COVID-19 hit and all our restaurants suffered, some owners cut off their workers with no compensation, no continuing health insurance (if they even supplied any) and no notice. Yes it was tough times for all. Did they really believe people would be flocking back for sub-minimum wages and no safety nets?
Some people have gone back to school in order to be hired for a job with benefits and a wage they can live on. They never want to be so powerless and desperate again. COVID-19 unemployment has kept a roof overhead, food for their family and health insurance.
Such a hateful and judgemental message this posted
letter exemplifies. Such blaming! We all have suffered through COVID-19, not just your business. Everyone has made the best of their situation. Your cafe can feel now what it is like to be powerless! When Arizona COVID-19 unemployment ends, I guarantee you still won’t be getting back the best. They are moving on to where they can be appreciated, be paid a far better wage, and not be slandered or shamed by your business.