Server warns against working for family-owned restaurants

A video from TikToker laying out all the reasons why she will never work in a family-owned restaurant again has resonated with viewers on the platform.

The video, in which user @aprilhudelson lists the reasons she’d rather work at a chain restaurant than a family business, has garnered over 1,300 comments and nearly 250,000 views as of Saturday.

“Here is a list of reasons why I will never work for a family run restaurant again and will only work in chain restaurants,” she says in the video. “Number one, chain restaurants know this is a waitstaff job and not your friggin’ career, so they don’t give a shit as long as you show up, do your job and leave. That’s all you have to do. It’s really not difficult, is it? In a family-owned restaurant, you are their slave, not their employee. They will work you until you fucking can’t work anymore. I’m not part of your family, brother. You can’t treat me like that.”

@aprilhudelson Any servers that can relate to this? #fy #fyp #foryoupage #server #waitress #waitstaff #restaurant #restaurantjob #employee #work #working ♬ O-Ton – Baddie Long Legs

She lists other reasons why she dislikes working at a family-run restaurant, including difficulty getting vacation time, being reprimanded for giving customers extra dressings or sauces without charging them, and scheduling.

The Daily Dot emailed @aprilhudelson about the video.

Viewers who had also worked at family restaurants had their own complaints and shared them in the comments section.

“Let’s not forget also the NEPOTISM in a family run restaurant!” wrote one commenter. “You can dedicate your whole life to one and once that grandson turns 18… shit.”

“My manager at a family-owned restaurant was upset because I asked to reduce my workdays from 6 to 5 days a week because I was in college,” said another user.

“Went to work at a one recently, they cut everywhere!” wrote another viewer. “I’m pretty sure they pay the health inspector just so they don’t have to spend $ on our health.”


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*Initial Release: Jan 28, 2023 2:36pm CST

Brooke Sjoberg

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