Every position, regardless of how much it pays, can have its share of disadvantages—whether it’s working a few extra hours, having no lunch break, or offering little to no benefits. However, there are certain lines that nobody should have to cross just to get their paycheck.
Waiting tables, for example, is a difficult job filled with long hours, rude customers, and low pay. But perhaps the biggest challenge is the physical toll that it takes on one’s body.
Being on your feet for hours at a time—especially if your restaurant demands that its serving staff adhere to an unreasonable dress code—is brutal, and one waitress just showed everyone how bad it can be.
One waitress at a JOEY Restaurant in Alberta, Canada had enough with her management’s policy that female servers wear heels throughout their entire shift, and she had a very good—and painful—reason why.
“Their policy is still that female staff wear heels unless medically restricted,” wrote the Facebook user. “My friends feet were bleeding to the point she lost a toe nail and she was still discouraged and beraated by the shift manager for changingn into flats (specifically told that heels would be required on her next shift the following day).”
The photo, posted by the waitress’s friend Nicola Gavin, shows the brutal damage done after an entire shift spent in heels, which were mandatory for all female servers. To add insult to bloody injury, female waiters at JOEY were also required to purchase their uniforms, while male servers could wear items from their own closets.
The restaurant denied the wardrobe policies, issuing a statement in which they defended themselves in response to the controversy. They blamed the incident on a “lack of communication and understanding around our guidelines.”
However, people weren’t letting them off the hook that easily. Many were, quite understandably, suspicious after reading the anonymous waitress’s story. After all, why would she lie about something like that?
If enough people made their voices heard, maybe more restaurants would update their wardrobe policies to be more fair, compassionate, and equal between men and women. Nobody should have to suffer for their job.
“How with the unfair uniform regulations?????” wrote one Facebook user. “Saw the posts, used to love you Joey but now I will be boycotting.”
“Not eating here,” wrote another.
This is as good a time as any to remind everyone that, because of the incredible difficulty of their jobs, it’s always important to tip your waitstaff whenever you go out to eat at a restaurant.
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Restaurant patrons are expected to tip for a number of reasons, but one of the most traditional purposes is to thank your server for a job well done. However, that does not mean that it should necessarily be seen as “optional.”
It’s absolutely vital to remember that waiters and waitresses literally rely on tips to survive. They usually don’t get paid minimum wage, and they’re expected to receive tips to make up for that lost income. When you don’t tip, they take a major blow.
It’s so great that so many people are coming to this waitress’s side in a show of support. With enough people uniting around the cause, hopefully they’ll bring about some real change!
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