I started training at the restaurant I'll be working at on Monday. It was interesting. There were all these cute young blondes in for training too. Only one girl (that I know of) was older than me. Also of the 12 or so girls in for training all but two of us had restaurant serving experience.
The trainer was kind of like a boot camp sargeant telling us what to wear and how to do the job. I guess you have to be like that though. Anyway the thing I was surprised about is that we are not allowed to wear pants, only shorts (and they should be short) or skirts. She also told us our hair needs to be down, and if we wear it in a messy bun or something she will tell us, "your hair is ugly, I hope you brought a straightener." Another thing is that she brought out the uniforms and shows us a medium shirt. It looked small! I asked for a medium, pretty much all of us did saying it looked small. But nope, me and another girl had to get extra-smalls, most girls got a small and only about 1 or 2 were able to get that medium.
I went shopping on Wednesday for black shorts and black shoes. It's already been an expensive job! Especially for making under minimum wage! Almost $2 under minimum!
I went again yesterday for more training, we learned about wine, etc. Was actually feeling it a little bit after all that wine and it was before noon! But one of the things she talked about in the afternoon was tip-outs. Apparently the way it looks to me, is that we owe 2.5% of total food sales to the kitchen and hostess staff, and we owe 5% of alcohol sales to the bartenders. That's more than I was expecting. So if a person doesn't tip we still owe and that would mean I'd be making way under minimum wage. So I hope people tip there!
I am going back today for a split shift to shadow a couple of waiters. I live 30 minutes from this restaurant so it doesn't make sense for me to come home for my break in between shifts so I will have to find something to do while in that town. Good thing I have a book to read and they have some nice beaches.