May 21 recognizes the millions of hard-working men and women who work in restaurants across America. It’s National Waiters and Waitress Day in the U.S.A.
More than 2 million people were waiters or waitresses in 2012. Waiters and waitresses work on their feet most of the day and often carry heavy loads in a fast-paced environment. While many enjoy their work, being a waiter or waitress was considered one of the worst jobs to have in 2012 (it ranked 6 out of the 10 worst jobs in America) according to Career Cast.
Waiters/waitresses typically work long hours for little pay. Many depend on the combination of an hourly wage and customer tips. Should we tip wait staff for poor service? If the food is not up to par, is that the fault of the waiter? Some believe waiters and waitresses should be paid like the rest of us and not have to depend on customer tips.
Regardless, thanks to all those hard working men and women who are part of our food and beverage experiences.