Category Archives: WNYC

No Photos, Please

Yesterday I went to an event that was sponsored by WNYC Public Radio here in the Big Frozen Apple. It was called “Out From Behind the Apron” and it was a forum that discussed the state of the food service industry. I was happy to be invited to speak but I was even more excited that I got to meet a few readers who came out to voice their opinions. A super shout out to Michelle and Araby who work at Palo Santo in Brooklyn. They told me the next time I am in Brooklyn that I should come by and I am totes gonna take them up on that offer, so be ready, girls.

Anyhoo, at the event Araby brought up a point that touched a nerve with the room. She expressed her sheer and utter disgust (my description, not hers) at craigslist ads for servers that require a resume AND a photo. I have written about it before, but it bears repeating. When a restaurant asks that you submit a headshot, they may as well be saying “Please be young, attractive and sexy. Thanks.” It pisses me off because no amount of attractiveness is going to beat my 127 years of experience waiting tables. (I started on May 1, 1884, the same day that the eight-hour work day was first proclaimed by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions in the United States. I was a busser at Ye Olde Fish and Chip Shoppe/Salad Bar.) One time I tried an experiment on craigslist. I sent in my resume and headshot for a job. I also sent in my resume with a headshot that I lifted from the Internet of a model. I expected that the hot guy’s resume would get a call. As it turns out, they didn’t call based on either headshot, so apparently my resume just sucks. Araby said that she doesn’t send in pictures because she knows that since she wears glasses, they will never call her in. Araby, shame on you for believing that gentleman don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses. Araby had a sexy Tina Fey thing going on and I’m pretty sure she wanted a piece of my pancake (wink, wink). Just sayin’, but I digress. The point is that no restaurant should need a picture to hire someone. What other profession requires a headshot other than actor or model? Can you imagine a school district looking for a math teacher, but asking for a recent photo? That would never happen. Or a law firm asking for potential attorneys to do that? Nope. But waiters? Sure, why not? They think we servers are a dime a dozen and for every one who won’t send a picture there will be ten who will. They’re probably right. Thy will keep asking because people will keep sending them in. I guess eventually we will all have to head over to the mall and make an appointment at Glamour Shots if we want a fucking job serving food. Here’s mine:

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February 1, 2011 is Very Important

In my continuing quest to do any type of job that pays me a decent hourly wage, for nine hours today I will be selling pottery at the New York International Gift Fair today. No food service, no apron and no tips. Just me, a clipboard and hundreds of ceramic pieces. Anyone else at the fair? Come say hi. Since it is the ass crack of dawn over here (7:30 AM) I only have a moment to write about two things.

First off, on Tuesday February 1, I hope you will join me here in New York City for Out From Behind the Apron. WNYC is inviting servers and bartenders from across the city to share insights about the dining public, discuss industry trends, reveal pet peeves and trade behind-the-scenes stories. I will be speaking and if you come find me, I will shake your hand and pretend to be your bet friend in the whole wide world. The event should be interesting because they are essentially giving me and anyone else who wants to come, the chance to vent and bitch. And then they’ll put it on the radio. Fun. You have to RSVP so go to this link for more information.

The second thing I want to talk about also happens tomorrow and it’s International Pity-Bait Day on Facebook. A friend of mine created this day and it just makes me laugh. It’s sorta (okay not sorta, but completely) making fun of those people who put as their Facebook status things like: “Sigh. I thought it was going to happen for me, but I guess the universe had other ideas…” If you don’t see status’ like that, either your friends are a happy lot or you have them hidden like I do. Go to this link for more info and join the depressing fun. Some people think it’s mean to make fun of people. I think it’s fun. And I hear he is somehow going to make a contest out of it.

Okay. I am off. Sorry for the lame ass post. Don’t hate me. Comment and tell me you don’t hate me….

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Wanna Meet The Bitchy Waiter?

If you are in the New York City area next week, this is something you may be interested in attending. WNYC (Public Radio) will be hosting an event where servers and bartenders from across the city will share insights about the dining public, discuss industry trends, reveal pet peeves and trade behind-the-scenes stories. I will be there on the panel and I am super excited about it. It will eventually be broadcast on the radio, y’all. If for no other reason, you can come by to meet me and say hello. I will be the one with the bag over his head in order to remain anonymous. If you want to go, you have to email the host (not me) to RSVP. Her email is khoran@wnyc.org and all the details are at this link.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

at 1:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Admission is free, but reservations are necessary.
Tickets: FREE

44 Charlton Street (on the corner of Charlton and Varick) New York, New York 10014

I really hope you can make it. If you are a server, you know you have something to say!

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