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Is waitstaff shortage wide-spread, long-term trend?

MidwesternerTT | Sep 19, 201807:22 AM     1

We are part of the growing group of retired baby-boomers, and at last have both the luxury of time and financial resources to eat out more often. I also thoroughly enjoy cooking at home, and make meals we think are tasty. But I'd prefer to not be responsible for every meal, and eating in another nicely-decorated dining room is refreshing. Unfortunately our last several restaurant meals have been marred by bad service -- longer than 10 minute delays for waitstaff greeting after being seated, delayed beverage service, delayed order placement, no beverage/water refills, delayed check handling.

It seems fewer waitstaff are working, and those in the restaurants are being expected to serve more tables. Generally restaurants in our area have help-wanted, now-hiring signs. Is this happening in your area? If you're involved in the restaurant industry is the situation wide-spread? Viewed as a long-term trend?

There's lots of talk about the importance of encouraging students to consider work in the construction or manufacturing "trades". I don't recall hearing a similar push for restaurant & service "trades".

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