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Restaurant Work Sucks Sometimes

I work at a privately owned, multi-million dollar steakhouse (owners also rown several clubs, as well as other fine dining places around town). Here's rwhat makes my life hard:
1The Pretty Reckless
Light Me Up

Smokers. Motherfucking smokers. Everyone in the kitchen, minus myself and one
other, smokes (be it cigarettes or weed). Average of six smoke breaks during the
shift, regardless of the time. Guess who gets left inside to cover their stations?
Looking Ocean

The pay. I started on dish, and moved up to fry and now know most of pantry; I
still make the same amount as I did before. Raises are hard to come by when most
people have worked there for so little for so long (doubt anyone makes over $11 an
hour in the kitchen, and a few of them have been there for six years).
Mad Liberation

Being cross-trained. Since I know multiple stations, people calling in sick/quitting =
me doing more work for the same pay. Wanna leave early? Just have Acanthus
cover both your stations, I'm sure he doesn't mind.
We Do What We Want

The boss(es). The owners micromanage, when they're around, while the kitchen
manager gets upset if he's not got his daily toke. Communication is always talked
about, but is hard to achieve sometimes.
This Is How The Wind Shifts

Making mistakes. It's hard to bounce back from making a mistake or two, because
the owners get onto the kitchen manager who then gets on to you; there IS an
opportunity for just not worrying about it but that all depends on who is there and
in what mood.
6Senses Fail

The owners. They pump money into the front of the house, leaving the kitchen to
make ends meet with subpar equipment and floors (seriously, holes in the dishpit
floors are not a good thing). And when they do see fit to fix things, they call their
handyman friend who does them "for less". Because he sucks at fixing things.
7Midas Fall

The place sucks your life away. Even working normal hours (35-40) you feel like
you're there all the time due to how taxing the job is. Having half off the drinks is a
huge plus, until you realize YOU'RE STILL AT FUCKING WORK when you're relaxing.
Sometimes you just feel the urge to get away.
8Aesthetic Perfection
A Violent Emotion

It then becomes your life. Going to work early, staying late, and going there the
next day becomes routine. Can't get off work without prior notice, so random
shows and the like really aren't an option very often. If you work at their other
location, your life is even less your own.
9Infected Mushroom
Vicious Delicious

There are nice things about it though; it's a damn steady job as long as you can
manage the other issues. My views and opinions on things, as well as the
knowledge that I'm good at my job and deserve more, make things harder for me.
10Above & Beyond
Group Therapy

And the other people you work with, they're good people. Which is how they get
you stay so long in ridiculous conditions (since you KNOW they have the money to
fix things up).
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