In just six seconds, this TikTok illustrates a whole world of exhaustion and working conditions for people in the food service industry.
Posted by chef Nestor Consuegra, the video shows restaurant workers crouching down to eat in the middle of their shift. They evidently don’t have time for a break, but they’re not allowed to eat in front of customers either. “chef deserve better,” wrote Consuegra. “let’s work together to give chef the proper breaks and time to eat.”
Commenters were quick to chime in, highlighting similar experiences in the industry. “That’s why I hate restaurants,” wrote one. “eight hours breaking your back and look at the meager rest they give. underpaid and mistreated.”
Others complained of long hours (“18 hr days and maybe 1 meal”) and shared their own stories of having to hide from customers in order to have a snack and keep their energy up: “I work