Sunday, May 16, 2010

What Does Underemployment Look Like?

The scene : At the coffee station during a lull in an otherwise busy Sunday brunch service, three women ages 23-27 are all wearing the restaurant uniform. One sips a latte, one cleans coffee pots, and one wipes down the station.

The Lesson : Underemployment is three 20-something women with 5 degrees and a combined 15 years of higher education waiting tables, pulling espressos, bussing tables and hoping for a big fat tip.

I wish I could say we three had a good laugh at ourselves when we realized how profoundly educated our little corner of the world was. But we didn't. We just shrugged and went back to work. I mean, no degree can help us tackle the 8-top that just walked in including a raw-foodie and a child.

1 comment:

  1. I got an email from a reader today asking for the definition of an 8-top.

    8-top : A party of 8.