posted on May, 29 2009 @ 03:20 PM
My husband and I are cooks, and throughout the economic decline, we basically haven't experienced loss of hours, with the exception of the past 3
weeks. Overall, our business has been fairly steady. We've had slow-downs, but they didn't last long, but I'm concerned about the slow-down we're
The past three weeks have been really bad though. Business is WAY down, and while we're in our "slow season" I've never seen it anywhere near this
slow. We're losing hours as a result. We're being scheduled to come in later every day, and instead of scheduling me on Saturday lunch, a manager
who gets paid salary is now taking my hours. Besides that, slow business means that clean-up starts much earlier now and we're not working as late in
the evening as we used to.
I just hope that business will pick up soon because I looked at my and my husband's schedules for next week and our hours have been cut even more.
Servers are being scheduled less hours as well, and much of the time they're here, they're not making money because we don't have enough customers.
Then the tips they are making seem to much less than what they were. Many servers tell me where they used to get 15% to 20% tips, they're now more
frequently getting 10% and less.
I wonder if our slow down in business which happened about 3 weeks ago is a direct result of the rising cost of gasoline? I think it's certainly a
big part of it.
Edited for clarity
[edit on 29-5-2009 by cornblossom]