“They really think people are living off of two thousand dollars for two years instead of working,” wrote one user.
“Stimulus? Like the six hundred bucks I got a couple of years ago? Still sitting pretty with that free cash! My housing has only gone up twenty-five percent since then, too,” joked another user.
“It’s been a whole damn year and a half since the stimulus. They are just bad owners,” suggested a third.
And contrary to the restaurant’s note posting, the Reddit thread commenters are in some ways correct.
Workers have increasingly reported facing abuse and harassment from customers, receiving lower tips, and feeling dissatisfied with their lack of concrete schedules– leaving the restaurant industry for positions with more stable hours and pay.
Hudson Riehle, the senior vice president of the Research and Knowledge Group at the National Restaurant Association, even described how the industry might never fully recover.
“Given emergent technology, changing consumer behavior and dining preferences, and the extraordinary challenges of the last two years, the industry is unlikely to ever completely return to its pre-pandemic state,” Riehle explained.
In turn, exactly how business owners and consumers alike will learn to cope with this “new normal” remains to be seen.
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