Saturday, May 3, 2008
Gossip in the workplace doesn't succeed on the net.
As someone in the service industry, I completely connect with the concept of waiterrant. If you've ever waited tables you know how irritating and just plain dumb customers can be. Without a doubt, the gripes and gossip of fellow employees are a constant part of the job environment. Creating an online community for this exact purpose presents a intriguing version of this very real subculture. However, as much as I enjoyed reading waiterrant, I can't seem to shake the notion that it takes away from the actual experience of a restaurant job. For me, one of the greatest attributes of the service industry is the community created by it. The social environment is inseparable from the work environment when it comes to waiting tables or bartending. I feel like waiterrant is somehow a false community - taking something special away from those in the industry. I think gossip in this kind of workplace should remain inside it.