In the past few months on the few occasions I have eaten out I have noticed some disturbing trends. The staff on duty seem over-worked and stressed from their jobs. The tables have not been wiped down. The trash receptacles are not being emptied. The condiment station run out of condiments, napkins, silverware, drink lids and of course straws!
We are expected to buss our own tables, but are we also expected to wipe down tables, sweep up the floor from previous diners dropped fries, do without forks to eat salads or napkins to wipe our hands and mouths? We are given drinks to go and no straws or if a straw is given it is unwrapped and handed in a napkin.
In other words. Eating out is fast becoming a difficult and unpleasant experience. High rents and minimum wage are coming home to roost in lack of service, lack of choice and making a difficult experience of something that should be and has been in the past, a simple pleasure.