By Candice Choi
NEW YORK -- The waitresses at Twin Peaks wear skimpy plaid tops that accentuate their chests. In case you didn't catch the joke, the chain's logo is an image of two pointy, snow-capped mountains. And the sports bar doesn't stop there: It promises "scenic views."
Twin Peaks owner Randy DeWitt... Read More »
Restaurant workers are five times more likely to be sexually harassed than the general working population. Servers are three times more likely to live in poverty, and twice as likely to rely on food stamps. As a new report from the Restaurant Opportunities Center states: "Essentially, many of the workers who... Read More »
More and more servers are outing customers who skip on their their tips. A Brooklyn delivery man has been uploading tales of bad tippers to his blog 15 Percent. Other slighted waitstaff have been venting their frustration on Lousy Tippers and Stained Apron. But one barbecue joint in Atlanta has gone further,... Read More »
The industries hit hardest by the recession are well known. They're usually involved in building things Americans can no longer afford (construction workers, carmakers, architects). Less talked about is the suffering of the tipping industries, the professions that rely on tips to survive. Read More »
There are very few rates as depressing as employment in this country, but one of them may be marriage. The number of weddings in America has been declining for decades, since premarital sex and cohabitation are no longer taboo, women go to college for more than their "MRS" and high divorce rates have left... Read More »
It was a dramatic romantic gesture. Jason Dean, an employee at the Ringgold Taco Bell in Georgia handcuffed himself to an 18-year-old co-worker in the food chain's parking lot on Monday night, reported the Chattanooga News. Read More »
Amid the Great Recession, the so-called Generation Debt is seeing lawyers graduate without job prospects, and the onetime masters of the universe on Wall Street reaching out to the government of New York City for employment help. Indeed, with the rise of the developing world, the millennial generation may be... Read More »
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Employers posted more job openings in June and layoffs fell, a sign that hiring could improve a bit in the coming months.
The number of available jobs rose to 3.1 million, up from 3 million in May, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It was the highest total... Read More »
I moved to San Francisco on November 4, 1979. I remember the date because the first day I did stand up for real was November 4, 1974, and the day I married my first wife was November 4, 1981. Just a coincidence. But an odd one.
When I left Milwaukee, I was working on stage maybe six times per month. All the... Read More »
By MELISSA NELSON
CORRY STATION NAVY BASE, Fla. (AP) -- The president and some members of Congress want tax breaks, expensive studies and even a "reverse boot camp" to tackle the unemployment rate among veterans, which runs higher than the national average. Another option the Navy would like to see: Expand a... Read More »
A disgruntled waitress is at the heart of a credit-card skimming scam that has affected at least nine customers of a Port Richey, Fla., eatery known as Mugs N Jugs.
Food server Kathryn Shana'e Perez, 25, swiped the credit card information using a skimmer -- a small, handheld electronic device that scans and... Read More »
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
WASHINGTON -- Restaurants, hotels, retailers and financial companies saw more business in July, but the broader U.S. service industry experienced its weakest growth in 17 months.
The report Wednesday from the Institute for Supply Management confirms other data that show the... Read More »
Would you like fries with that?
Employees at fast-food restaurants tend to have fairly simple, repetitive days at work. The process of taking customers' orders, preparing food and serving it as quickly as possible is an oft-thankless job. Some jokesters from around the world have made an effort to spice up... Read More »
While the recovery is stalling in some industries, the restaurant industry is really cooking. Restaurants are expected to add 425,000 jobs this summer season, a 4.6 percent increase over the March 2011 employment level, according to the most recent National Restaurant Association projections. Read More »