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    Grace Dean
    Wed, October 20, 2021, 5:53 AM·3 min read

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    Businesses across the US say they're suffering from a labor shortage. Workers are quitting their jobs in search of better wages, benefits, and working conditions. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    • A Chicago pizzeria couldn't open on Sunday because it lacked staff, costing it $5,000, its owner said.

    • The owner of Coalfire Pizza said some staffers had quit for higher-paid jobs at larger restaurants.

    • He said some were avoiding jobs in restaurants partly because of their reputation as toxic workplaces.
    A pizzeria in Chicago couldn't open on Sunday because it didn't have enough staffers, and the owner told CBS Chicago that it cost him about $5,000.

    "We are closed today. I simply do not have enough people to open," Dave Bonomi, the owner of Coalfire Pizza in West Town, tweeted on Sunday. "In nearly 15 years of selling pizza, this has never happened."

    Bonomi told CBS Chicago that he was struggling to find new employees during the labor shortage and that he had to close the pizzeria after two staffers called in sick.

    He told Block Club Chicago that job applicants weren't showing up for interviews.

    He said people were avoiding jobs in restaurants because of their reputation as toxic work environments and because of harassment from customers, challenging work, and low pay.

    Some of Coalfire's staffers had quit for higher-paid jobs at larger restaurant groups and hotels, Bonomi added. Coalfire boosted its starting salary for cooks with little to no prior experience to $18 an hour from $15, he said.

    Staff members also got paid time off and overtime pay and were able to enroll in a health plan with half the costs covered by the company, he said.

    Independent restaurants have said they struggle to compete with bigger companies on wages and benefits.

    Businesses across the US say they're suffering from a labor shortage, making it harder for them to find last-minute coverage when their workers are ill.

    Other restaurants have had to close with little notice after finding themselves short-staffed - a Pennsylvania chicken restaurant closed for a day last month, and a Georgia burrito restaurant temporarily cut its opening hours after its entire staff quit.

    Americans are quitting their jobs in search of better wages, benefits, and working conditions. The spread of the Delta variant is also deterring some people from applying for jobs.

    In the hospitality industry in August, workers in the accommodation and food-service sectors quit their jobs at twice the national average rate.

    Bonomi told Block Club Chicago that Coalfire, which also has a pizzeria in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, had been "running on fumes" for a few years with a skeleton staff. He said that the staffing problems got worse during the pandemic and that the pizzeria had barely enough staff to stay open.

    Bonomi said a surge of people who had been laid off from higher-paying restaurant jobs applied to work at Coalfire at the start of the pandemic. But now huge numbers of applicants aren't turning up for interviews, he said.

    This was "like nothing I've ever seen," Bonomi said.

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    edit: he deleted his tweet reply and limited who can reply to the main tweet.
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    Probably a Dem state.
    We know socialist bred citizens ain't tryna work work

    Why can't they pay 30 dollars an hour. :jbhmm:

    Taco Bell Pizza for everyone coming soon. Goodbye mom and pop
     
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    Working in restaurants suck. I did it for years. The pay doesn’t equate to the amount of hours you have to put in. I understand tho that people gotta do what they gotta do to put food on the table but it would be a lot easier if you didn’t have to deal with entitled ass customers
     
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    This is why it’s a bad time for trying to start a small business

    wages, health benefits, cost of paying rent just to have space for something u not making money on is a waste… plus a lot of people having loans to pay back
     
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    This article has been everywhere. Dude's business is getting hella promotion off this.
     
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    but who wants to make pizza
    That’s what he forgetting

    u can pay what u want
    But u gotta like what u doing or it ain’t gon last
    especially if u ain’t got kids
    Or stay wit parents or something else
     
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    But don't the owners at most restaurants gotta put in the same amount of work too? Like most restaurants go under or are in the red anyway so I think that honestly should just be expected most of the time.
     
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    :stopitslime:
     
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    And they can't bring in people who want 18-20 an hour to serve pizza? :huhldup: Chicago playing hard ball like a mothafukkuh.

    Goodbye mom and pop.
     
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    Whatever happened to the gif of Ryu uppercutting your busted hairline? :jbhmm: That was a classic. I ain't seen it in a minute.
     
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    it's literally right at the top of the article too. :mjlol:
     
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    It depends. If it’s the owner of a mom and pop they putting in work. If it’s a franchise tho you barely gonna see them
     
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