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Re: “From the Front of the House to the Back, Cleveland Restaurants are Dealing With a Talent Crunch

The biggest problem with higher-end restaurants and restauranteurs in general is that they are generally predisposed to the notion that most of the workers they will be hiring are transitional and, therefore, the need to invest in proper training, benefits and wages is of secondary importance. If they need somebody "good" (like an executive chef) they can just poach them from the competition. Everyone else is more or less expendable. Unfortunately, that's a terrible long term strategy.

The biggest problem with the customers of these establishments is they want high-end quality at a lower-end price -- i.e., they want the impossible. They expect their hanger steak entre to be impeccable, yet they expect it to cost less than $25. They expect their cocktail to be perfection, yet the $12 charge makes their head spin. Well, you can't have it both ways.

The moral: Unless proprietors and their customers share both the wealth and the cost, nothing will change.

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Posted by ccollector on 12/06/2016 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Inside the Investigation that Brought Down a West Sixth Street Cocaine Dealer

My colleagues were searching for IRS W-2 this month and saw a business that has lots of sample forms . If others are searching for IRS W-2 too , here's http://pdf.ac/7vUOWc

Posted by Dacve Nuight on 12/04/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “The Paris Climate Conference Finally Signaled Consensus on Global Warming--That Was Last Year

One possible harsh reality concerns the United States Environmental Protection Agency -- it may get gutted....as the trapdoor will soon be wide open and the padlock has been tossed into a dumpster.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 11/30/2016 at 12:22 PM

Re: “2016 Gift Guide: 33 Locally Made Gifts for the Friend, Family Member or Enemy in Your Life

Is the Great Lakes Stainless Steel Keg Growler actually manufactured by Great Lakes? Or is made by some local growler manufacture?

Posted by Aaron Adrovet on 11/29/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “After His Mom's Overdose Death, a Heroin Addict Confronts Recovery in Cleveland

I saw the original lock -up, and became so interested in Nick. I recently saw the episode again, and was so happy, cuz I found out his name, and wanted to contact him. (I couldn't remember his name, and tried so hard to find it on the MSNBC site, but couldn't find it in 2014 when it first aired) For some reason, that man touched my heart, and now I found out his name, and sadly he is gone. I thought he would be one of the ones that would overcome his addiction. I am just horrified to learn of his death, even though I didn't know him. I could tell he was a gentle soul, and at the time, so scared of what sentence he was going to get in prison, etc. This is just about the most sad ending possible. Bless you, his friends, for loving him. That's about all I can say. If you'd like to share anything about Nick, please email me at becca195301@sbcglobal.net Thanks for listening. Becky P.

Posted by Becky Pfeiffer on 11/28/2016 at 5:43 PM

Re: “From the Front of the House to the Back, Cleveland Restaurants are Dealing With a Talent Crunch

Let me reiterate something to you people who obviously never worked in the food and beverage industry. If linecooks are paid more than $12 an hour your menu prices increase and your booze increase. We all know that the same people bitching about the pay in their comments are the same people who throw a fit when their beloved alcoholic drink cost $0.50 more than it did 4 years ago!!

And to CJ from the top comments: you're an ignorant ssshole who has no clue how a restaurant runs!!

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Posted by Sarah D on 11/28/2016 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Takin' a Ride

Excellent ideas , I was enlightened by the information , Does anyone know if my business can access a blank NYS DMV MV-327 form to type on ?

Posted by kristelluna64 on 11/27/2016 at 10:32 PM

Re: “From the Front of the House to the Back, Cleveland Restaurants are Dealing With a Talent Crunch

Gosh, you pay $12-$14 an hour, only to your "best" people after several years and you can't find good people? People aren't lining up for your crap job? What a surprise!

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Posted by Squid on 11/23/2016 at 8:18 PM

Re: “From the Front of the House to the Back, Cleveland Restaurants are Dealing With a Talent Crunch

I've worked in the service industry through high school and college. I would never make a career out of this because people get treated like dogs. I've been yelled at for eating when we're slow, snacks that I had brought. I've worked in horrible conditions with endless sexual harassment. I've had to clean restaurants top to bottom at 3am because these giant chefs with several restaurants can't afford a cleaning crew apparently, but can make their tipped employees do it. Ive had checks withheld from me. I've had guests scream in my face and slap my hand if I took a plate too early. I've worked 12 hour shifts with no break, regularly. Why would anyone make a career of this?!

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Posted by anonymous1234 on 11/23/2016 at 11:14 AM

Re: “From the Front of the House to the Back, Cleveland Restaurants are Dealing With a Talent Crunch

I think the answer is rather simple. In the competition for the better hospitality staff, it's time to either start paying your people well or lose them. At ABC/XYZ we seem to keep our employees for years and attract the very best. I don't see much of the "bubble," but if you aren't paying well, or not providing benefits, I think you are destined to fail. Taking good care of your staff in every way is vital, friendship, family, respect. There are far too many owners who still think staff is expendable and that a revolving door is to be expected.

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Posted by aglazen on 11/23/2016 at 10:21 AM

Re: “From the Front of the House to the Back, Cleveland Restaurants are Dealing With a Talent Crunch

12-14$ is not enough to keep talent kafcsak!
Hiring younger is agism stein!
And let's not forget that the restaurants hire blacks in the kitchen and whites on the floor which is racist! The service industry is a haven for ne'er do wells druggies drunks and douchebag bartenders. A virtual orgy of ignorance. Management is either fascist, racist, or unconcerned. Too many people are comfortable in their food service job while having no experience or desire to learn more. The solution will come when the employees begin to care again and if people don't tip that will never happen. If kitchens don't pay more that will never happen. By the way... if your profit margins are low it's because you suck from top to bottom.
I'm a cook
I've found my niche
A good boss, good restaurant, good pay.
Good luck to the rest of you
The good talent goes to the good restaurants
If you don't have it then you aren't good.

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Posted by C Jay Gresham on 11/23/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “From the Front of the House to the Back, Cleveland Restaurants are Dealing With a Talent Crunch

Improvements in pay generally solve this problem.

In fact, last year, and the year before that, there were big articles in places like "The New York Times" and "Chicago Tribune" and "Los Angeles Times" talking about a shortage of pastry chefs, and a shortage of line cooks, and a shortage of maitre d's.

Low pay, craptastic working conditions, and awful bosses all ended up being the cause.

The market is at work here.

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Posted by Tim Evanson on 11/23/2016 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Inside the Investigation that Brought Down a West Sixth Street Cocaine Dealer

Its Porscha if you read this my number is 2165511463 i miss u and i want to know where you are

Posted by pcampbe5 on 11/20/2016 at 12:44 AM

Re: “Cancer in Paradise

More than 11 years later, and this is still an all-to-real concern. A new resident to Avon Lake, and I'm one of the moms who has a running tab in her mind of all the instances of childhood cancer I've learned about since moving here 2 years ago (one of which was a previous resident in our own home). A recent case in our neighborhood while I'm pregnant with our second child has spurred me to looking into whole home water filters and researching what's been published in recent years. Looks like investigation into these cases have died on the vine since 2009. We'll accept the ODH investigation and move on. Post-Flint, Michigan and with a new president who's promised to dismantle much of the EPA, I'm not feeling very safe.

Posted by ck2016 on 11/16/2016 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Telephone Terrorist

He still doing the same thing I've been swatted by this idiot can't wait until it all falls into place and spends years in jail again

Posted by Tonia Bella on 11/13/2016 at 2:46 AM

Re: “From the Inside

I was allowed by staff to work visitation. Anything that visitors from the free world dropped off came inside the prison. Everyone was paid well for looking the other way. Even when the third fence went up, the staff still allowed it to come through visitation. It was a great business. The water fountain drain was broke on purpose and it led into the storage closet for mops and brooms. They just had to lift the little drain cap off and drop the goods into the drain and it went directly into the room where we worked. The hole was covered on our end by towels. The public restrooms had hollow holes behind the soap dispensers that were old and never taken down. The soap containers were removed and that left a huge are to be filled with whatever they wanted. Sully caps, personal gloves, jewelry, sunglasses, watches and stuff that was worn was the least of the money making items. Six ounce water bottles were filled with whiskey for parties on Christmas and New Years. All the visitors did was fill those holes with bags of tobacco, up to 8 ounces of marijuana at a time, thousands of pills, tons of heroine and suboxin strips. That was nothing. On a daily basis, thousands of dollars was made between staff and inmates. There was two restrooms so on a daily basis for visiting, twice a day, two pounds of marijuana was brought in. If the money didn't get paid, the goods were thrown away and dudes got their asses beat. So many fights that got blamed on gang crap was the result of monies owed for goods. They wanted their bling bling, they paid for it. Oakley sunglasses, just crazy orders were going through visitation for years. Finally, George Sweery got hired there and he snitched on it all. Too bad too, staff lost that income as well as people at home that counted on that money coming in. The drains in the bathrooms that led to sewage, the security screws were taken out and shaved in half as not to secure the drain caps down. a three inch circular hole can now be filled with whatever and then pulled back up later on when no staff was there to supervise. They'd let the workers in all night to buff and wax or whatever and then the goods were taped up under the cart with duct tape and pushed across the yard back to the housing units. Escorted by staff. Some staff knew it was coming to their dorms so they got their money in cash that night. it was like a movie. There are still a couple ways that none knows about so I won't expose them.

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Posted by David Rowbotham on 11/09/2016 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Mike O'Malley's Balancing Act: Rebuilding Confidence, Addressing the Drug Problem, Ousting Tim McGinty & More

What has Mr. O'Malley been doing since the primary? Collecting a hefty paycheck from the city of Parma. Sounds. Sounds like that's morally corrupt if not legally corrupt.

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Posted by Parma Eagle Eye on 11/09/2016 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Mike O'Malley's Balancing Act: Rebuilding Confidence, Addressing the Drug Problem, Ousting Tim McGinty & More

It appears that the difference between the current prosecutor and O'Malley is his ability to convey his practices. Keep this in mind, the County Prosecutor is the Chief law enforcement officer. His responsibilities are to seek indictments and gain convictions. He not here to appease one group above another. He also has to maintain a viable and working relationships with all police departments within the county. These departments have the responsibility to conduct criminal investigations for his office. Further, O'Malley in most cases will not turn over his sworn responsibility to the Attorney General or to a Special Prosecutor he selects to determine the indictment/trial process. His words sound good. Let's see if his actions match.

Posted by Mayberry on 11/09/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Thousands of Absentee and Provisional Ballots Will be Tossed Out. Here's Why, and How to Avoid It

There is only one possible justification for any barrier to voting: preventing voter fraud. When such a barrier demonstrably disenfranchises large numbers of voters and no concommitant reduction in voter fraud can be shown to have occurred, the state should LOSE.

A person does not need to live as the state's lawmakers prefer in order to qualify to vote; the ONLY qualifications are that the person is a citizen and not under a disability. And the disability arising from incarceration or past felony conviction should be eliminated.

I was made to send in TWICE for an application for an absentee ballot, and then made to call the BOE over a period of WEEKS to be certain they had recorded my ballot. These laws and their implementation are 100% designed to keep large numbers of qualified voters from casting their ballot, out of a belief this will advantage the Ohio GOP. I'm 63; what's going to happen in another 10 years, if I am suffering a memory impairment and cannot perform these extraordinary administrative tasks? I won't be able to vote, is what. In the fight between me and the Cuyahoga County BOE to keep my ballot from being counted, the BOE will win -- but is that why our BOE exists? To suppress the number of votes cast by actual, registered citizens?

SCOTUS has refused to accept certiorari on this Voting Rights case, I don't know whether that means this litigation must start again, but if so, it must be done. The Ohio GOP cannot be allowed to use the voting laws as their own personal Jim Crow law to keep as many black voters from casting their ballots as possible.

Posted by Madeline on 11/09/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Mike O'Malley's Balancing Act: Rebuilding Confidence, Addressing the Drug Problem, Ousting Tim McGinty & More

I supported Mr. O'Malley during his campaign and tbh, at first it was merely anger at Mr. McGinty for his conversion of the grand jury process in the Tamir Rice case from a search for a basis on which to take the case to trial to an elaborate and expensive defense of the cops who IMO committed murder.

But this article is reassuring.....there are various barriers to justice in this county and O'Malley seems willing to acknowledge them all.

I sincerely hope he carries out the program of reforms he has described, and I have only one other request: bring in a Special Prosecutor to file homicide charges on the killers of Tamir Rice.

Posted by Madeline on 11/09/2016 at 2:14 PM

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