Chapter

“We should be Respected” Professionals

Alison Owings

in Hey, Waitress!

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780520217508
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931220 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520217508.003.0004
“We should be Respected” Professionals

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This chapter takes a look at the stories of professional waitresses. The first came from a poor family, and the second was taught by her chef husband. Another waitress was initially shy when she started out as a waitress, but she soon became outspoken and is less civil towards her rude customers. One waitress grew up in a hippie community, but is known to be alert and exact in handing out orders and providing service to her customers. A waitress-mother with two daughters relates her periods of high stress while on the job, and another is the oldest and most popular waitress in the Guiding Star, a restaurant known for its delicious boiled shrimp, crawfish, and crabs.

Keywords: professional waitresses; high stress; Guiding Star

Chapter.  21118 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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