Tonight at work, I was making fresh ciabatta bread for tomorrow's sandwiches. I had a lady with a younger kid, older elementary, or early middle (I'm really bad at judging kid ages), point at me behind the glass and say snottily, "That's what you'll wind up doing if you don't get your grades up."
I wanted to yell at her that my boss is a chemical engineer, the manager of the store is a teacher, and several other workers also have degrees, including a full pastry chef. Yet we work in food service. And I remembered when I was a kid, my parents threatened me with "no job better than flipping burgers at McDonald's" if my grades were less than A's.
Why is a service job demeaning? Why is a service job a threat?
It's not glamorous, but no one makes fun of the garbage men for doing the job they do. Service workers are completely necessary to the modern way of life. I would even go so far as to say service workers are the backbone of modern America. "Your total is..." "Third theater on the right." "Aisle seven." "May I take your order?" "Can I help you?"
Can you imagine a day without service workers?