Post # 1
I started a job two weeks ago, working at a tiny restaurant as a busboy/waitress. The people there are nice, but it’s a very, very high-stress job. The place is PACKED all the time, but it’s only ever two waitresses (the owner and me or whoever is working that day). It’s tiny and hard to navigate because it’s packed, and the owner has very high expectations. She’s very critical, and it’s really hard for me to operate being criticized constantly. I’m fairly good at this job, I’m just not as fast the owner (whose been waitressing for 20 years), and it takes time.
Well, my husband started a new job yesterday. He quit his old job to take this one, because it’s the first well paying job he’s ever had. We’re both really excited, but it’s also causing an issue. At this new job, husband works 9-5 every day but Wednesday and Thursday, and it’s an hour away. So he leaves at 7:30am and gets home a little after 6pm. Because he has sleep issues, he goes to bed at 9. This leaves us 3 hours together a day, but here’s the catch- my job wants me to work from 6-9 (and then I close, so I leave around 9:30pm) when I work. So I won’t see him at all.
It just doesn’t seem worth it now. Getting paid 8$ an hour, with no tips and hours that make it so I don’t see my husband or make much money? (I only get about 3-4 nights a week.) The most money I can make in a week is around 100$! Plus they want me to work the days my husband has off.
I’m considering quitting. It doesn’t seem worth it now that he has a job that pays way more than our combined weekly checks were. If I quit I’ll have to work over the summer at fairs, where I’ll be worked to the bone and not see my husband for days at a time, but at least I’ll be making a decent amount of cash for the effort.
What do you think I should do? I’m at a loss.
Post # 3
Why not just quit this job and find one that you could work during the same hours your husband works so you can be home at the same times?
Post # 4
What do you do at the fairs?
I vote quit. But that’s easy to say. It’s not my job.
Post # 5
Just curious as to why you don’t get tips? I thought that was the whole point of waitressing, since tips usually make up the bulk of the salary.
Post # 6
I would personally quit. You can get a job at the mall working better hours.
Post # 7
$8 an hour and no tips = not worth it. I made $9.50 right out of high-school working as a teller at a bank and I was done by 4pm every day.
The only way I’d stay stick with that job would be if it could launch you into a position you desired in the future and you needed the experience – otherwise it’s too much stress.
Post # 8
That’s what I want to do. I’m actually considering applying where he was hired because our paychecks would be substantial enough for us to move out very soon. The only problem is I live in a small town, in a rural area. There are very few jobs that pay over minimum wage (husband was lucky enough to find one) and even fewer that are 9-5 or full time.
I work at a concessions stand, it’s really easy work but the hours are long. I also feel obliged to work these because our bosses were counting on us and now that husband can’t go, I should at least. I make about 95$ a day there, so in one week I’ve made seven weeks salary at the job I have now.
Post # 9
And just my personal 2 cents. I waitressed for years and my experiences working where it was a mom and pop shop where you work with the owner was always.. not so good.
And what do you mean you’re not making tips?
Post # 10
$8/hour to work at a busy restaurant is so not worth it. If I were you, I’d either look for a daytime job at a store or a better-paying restaurant job.
Post # 11
I do soups, salads, drinks, and packing up food, but don’t actually take food orders or bring them out, so I guess I’m not technically a waitress? I do everything else a waitress does though.
Here’s another thing- she wants everyone to learn enough to get titles/responsibilites, but not make more per hour. They’re a family business and are very barely staying afloat, and I would feel very bad quitting, but I guess I have to do what’s best for us.
Post # 12
I would quit and find another job.
Post # 13
If you do support work, then you should be ‘tipped out’ (Either a % of what the server sells or what they make).
Honestly, doesn’t sound like you need the stress at all!
Post # 15
I would try to stay at this jo as long as possible while you look for another job. Even though it is crappy pay, a little could go a long way just in case. I’m sorry you’re not enjoying it though & hopefully you’ll find something even better soon!
Post # 16
It’s hard for me too because my hearings not the best and it’s a Mexican restaurant. The owner/waitress speaks English really well, but her husband and the chefs don’t, so the one time she left me alone with them (to close) I didn’t understand what they were trying to tell me :/
I also got this job through a friend who works there, so I don’t want to make her look bad for quitting. But I know I probably will. I’ll work the fairs over the summer, and then try to find a job at least over minimum wage. MW kills, it’s just not enough… particularly when you have to drive over 20 minutes to get somewhere and don’t have a fuel efficient car.