I work as a waitress at a very large and popular restaurant at the beach.
Although the venue is only open from late spring until early fall, I make a great deal of money in tips.
The place is always packed with people, and we often have a line of customers waiting to get a table. We offer both indoor and outdoor seating. I am required to take care of tables in both areas. While I love most everything about my job, running between the indoor and outdoor tables is aggravating. The outdoor patio is situated directly in the sun with a gorgeous view of the ocean. Each table is outfitted with a giant umbrella to shade the customers. While I take orders, deliver food and drinks and clear away dirty dishes, I am exposed to the sun and end up sweating profusely. Then I stepped back inside, where the air conditioner is blasting at maximum capacity. I immediately start to shiver. Going back and forth between the heat and the air conditioning is very unpleasant. Plus, the wait staff is continually opening exterior doors. Every time we step through the doors, we allow the cool air to escape and the overheated air to come in. This puts a tremendous amount of strain on the air conditioner. It runs non stop and the owner continually complains about the electric bill. I’ve suggested that the waitresses either work entirely outdoors or completely indoors, but he refuses to make any changes to operation. He’d rather pay huge energy bills and be faced with frequent repairs because the air conditioner is overworked.