The pandemic has been hard on all of us, and servers/restaurant workers are still experiencing the negative side-effects of COVID socially.
People have been excessively demanding and rude toward wait staff and workers all across the country. It's like everyone lost their manners after being shoved inside for over a year. This is a serious problem and one restaurant is taking extra care of their staff because of it.
A restaurant in Massachusetts, Brewster-based Apt Cape Cod, decided to close down their restaurant for a day after experiencing an uptick in rude and disrespectful customers.
"There were a few incidents that were so horrendous – the cursing and not being understanding of our short staff and limited menu – we had someone call in at 6:30 a.m. before we even open demand take out saying, ‘I’m going to come in, and you're going to serve me," said Emilia Povero, a manager at Apt Cade Cod. "That was the straw that broke the camel's back. Our staff doesn't need to deal with this."
The restaurant closed for a "day of kindness" so that their employees could rest and decompress after being overworked and underappreciated.
Since the restaurant closed, Povero says Apt Cape Cod has received support from Americans across the country who sent tips via Venmo, which they have asked be redirected to their local food bank.