The Truth About Jon Taffer
Laura Ingraham: “What if we just cut off the unemployment? Hunger is a pretty powerful thing.”
John Taffer: “They only feed a military dog at night, because a hungry dog is an obedient dog. Well, if we are not causing people to be hungry to work…”
After reading those tweeted and retweeted quotes and watching the video footage, I wanted to start this article with a blunt, searing sentence in response to Jon Taffer’s appearance on Laura c’s Fox News show. Jon Taffer is scum. Jon Taffer is reprehensible. These and similar sentences are too easy, and they evade the uglier truth: Jon Taffer is all too typical.
Jon Taffer is blunt and cruel, but it’s not surprising. His words and behavior represent the toxic environment in the service sector.
Jon Taffer is the host of TV’s “Bar Rescue,” a show watched by a population who have convinced themselves that a loud man yelling at people below him is a novel and uniquely refreshing viewing experience that is in no way toxic.
Jon Taffer, I’m certain, knows the bar and restaurant business. Each establishment is its own island of misfit toys. I was a part of one such island for a numbers of years. Employees in these worlds are more vulnerable to the whims of their employers. Extra shifts are piled on for the often imaginary promise of more money. Breaks are a fiction. Compensation for piled on work is laughable. For a multitude of reasons, many are stuck where they are, with no other recourse than to go to another restaurant or another bar. Or they can get promoted to management and become another tinpot tyrant. When you work in the restaurant business, you are constantly drained while working from handout to handout in lieu of any real paycheck. Worse, you start to don’t feel like you’re not fit for any other kind of labor. If it hadn’t been for a friend who offered me a job, I might not have never escaped to a more traditional 9 to 5 workforce.
Jon Taffer will always have a TV show. So long as these abusive conditions are a fixture in these kinds of work environments. TV shows like his didn’t normalize abusive behavior. It was always there. No wonder he wants people back to work before the workers can…