Jennifer

Jennifer

Every two weeks we have no idea what our checks are going to be. We have no idea if we can make it month to month. The tips are put in what is called a tip pool. We are never…

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Stephanie

Stephanie

I worked as a banquet server for 4 years through college. I was lucky enough to make $12 an hour where I worked, but all gratuity left by the guests was collected by the company owner and kept. And I…

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Erica

Erica

I've been in the restaurant industry for 10 years. I support my elderly sick grandmother and living off tips in Los Angeles is extremely important for paying high living, food costs, and gas costs. Tips are now being taxed and…

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Maria

Maria

I've always worked in restaurants, I didn't have anyone to look after my son. Sometimes you're sick, very sick, and still have to go to work, because the boss tells you: you HAVE to come into work. I've never had…

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Nakima

Nakima

I have three children. I worked in chain restaurants when I was pregnant with my first kid, I was about to go into labor at work with my second boy. Management wants you to work, work, work, regardless of what's going…

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Andrea

Andrea

I’m 34 years old and I was born and raised in Louisiana. I work in fine dining and I have a brother and sister who work in fine dining as well. I have worked in the fine dining restaurant industry…

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Pankaj

Pankaj

I'm a 28 year old Bangladeshi that moved to America with my family 15 years ago. For half my life (14 years) I’ve been working in the restaurant industry and I’ve held a variety of positions: food runner, server, busboy,…

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Berner

Berner

My name is Berner, I’m 27 yrs old, originally from Guatemala and I have been working as a server in a  Japanese restaurant for the last 3 years. However, before working as a server, I worked in the customer service…

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Jamal

Jamal

My name is Jamal, originally from New York City, and I’ve been in the restaurant industry for about 11 years. Many unjust things go on in the restaurant industry, but I will always remember one incident, where a chef at a…

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Granetta

Granetta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKuyZ5JL-_g My name is Granetta, but everyone calls me Gran. I’m a 57 year old mother and grandmother, and I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I’ve been working in the restaurant industry for basically 50 years, since I…

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