Many fast-food chains, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Krispy Kreme, are all too aware of the trends and are promising food specials. Still, the owner of a pizza restaurant in the swing state of Florida told Slate that she’s expecting “a pretty normal Tuesday night,” given that delivery apps ensure people are now able to order all the foods under the sun. (Just remember that if you do order delivery on this extra-busy night, you should tip generously.) … [Read more...] about What is America likely to eat on election night?
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Bartenders and restaurant staff such as Natasha are reporting huge spikes in these hostile encounters since the pandemic hit, because a significant portion of their job is now to act as the mask police, enforcing public health measures that are required by many state laws and employers. (We are keeping the names and workplaces of the restaurant workers we spoke to anonymous to protect them from retaliation.) That’s created an even more imbalanced power dynamic between customers and servers, who need the tips from the customers they’re policing to survive. For female workers, even when the comments are of a sexual nature, they can’t necessarily take action without compromising their tips. Workers and advocates say the solution is to raise wages, so that tips serve as a bonus and not a salary, and so they wouldn’t need to worry about fending off insults and harassment or sending away reckless customers for their own safety. … [Read more...] about ‘Maskual harassment,’ angry customers, and no tips: The life of restaurant workers during COVID-19