Worlds within Worlds

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:
Worlds within Worlds

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This chapter looks at the various worlds that waitresses are a part of. Examples of these worlds are those self-contained worlds in restaurants, those that are beyond one's notion of serving, and those which are exposed by their colleagues. The first story is about a former nun who used to serve meals for her fellow nuns in the refectory. The second is about a waitress who lives in a trailer park and started by clearing tables in a restaurant. She describes the ease with which relationships can be formed while waitressing, and emphasizes the need to learn how to deal with feelings. This is followed by the story of a waitress who strove for equality in her workplace, and a waitress who became a writer and was able to publish a novel. The chapter ends with the story of Mary-Lyons Mouton Ochsner Bruna, who relates her experiences with her co-workers and locals who learn of her heritage. She also describes the relationships, stealing, and fighting that could go on in the workplace.

Keywords: serving; nun; relationships; equality; stealing; fighting; workplace

Chapter.  17853 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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