Top 13 Reasons I Quit the Italian Job

I had a job this summer. For 30 days, I was an English-speaking waitress who worked in a buffet restaurant on the island of Sardinia, Italy. Here are the reasons I quit my job.

Top 13 Reasons I Quit the Italian Job
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13. Being belittled by an angry co-worker in front of 10 other co-workers because I forgot a cappuccino, on my second shift.

12. Being docked €5.00 a day to eat prepared meals in the staff dining-lounge, even if you choose not to eat with your angry co-worker(s).

11. The corns and calluses were growing on my feet faster than a speeding jet.

10. Working for 5 hours then sleeping for 5 hours – rinse and repeat twice a day, is no easy lifestyle.

9. Losing 12 pounds off my bones in 21 days is a sickly sight. And I ate like a horse – which is pretty usual for me.

8. Finding out that my co-workers’ rent is paid for the 5-6 six months of employment was utterly shocking! No one offered to pay my mortgage – why?

7. Seeing co-workers bringing in their laundry to be laundered by the hotel – for free. (My laundry basket runneth over.)

6. Button down shirts with a fancy necktie and long black pants should be banned, anywhere where the temperature rests on boiling.

5. Working 4.5 hours on a scheduled day off – is not a day off.

4. No over-time pay – say what?!

3. Management asking for English translations on all menus – without pay!

2. Being told to speak only in English when conversing with co-workers. Wait a minute – I thought I was in Italy, the only Italian speaking country in the world. Hey Dorothy – can I borrow your sparkly red shoes?

1. Working 4.5 hours in the morning + 4.5 hours in the evening = does not equal the 6.4 hours which is clearly stated in my contract.

Related articles:

The Raw Reality of Expat Life in Small Town Sardinia
My Expat Job Struggles | Sardinia, Italy

About Jennifer Avventura

Canadian Freelance writer living in Sardinia, Italy. A serial expat who has lived in Australia, England and Cayman Islands. She eats Nutella with a spoon and hides under the bed during lightning storms. When she's not out running 6k you will find her sitting at the computer - writing her novel and searching for worldwide waitress work.
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20 Responses to Top 13 Reasons I Quit the Italian Job

  1. I think #13, #12, #5, #4 AND #1 could all be a number 1!!! Hang in there and hopefully you’ll find a nice job… 🙂

  2. joseph Murru says:

    …perhaps next time round you should let them know that you are Canadian by birth but your grandparents are from the Central Sardinia mountainous area (i.e. Orgosolo) catch phrase: “…. like my grandpa has a collection of sawn-off shotguns and he’s giving me lessons over the week-ends” 🙂

  3. Number 13 I just brushed it off, I’ve been in this line of work too long to care about my co-workers rants. Number 12 kinda rubbed me the wrong way – until I brought home take-away for my husband! snap! 5,4 and 1 should all be number 1. Thank you for the continued support! 🙂

  4. ciaojanice says:

    Love the comment by Joseph Murru…anyway, you only needed one of those reasons to quit. I am sure you will create work for yourself, so much injustice here and as usual it’s more important who you know than wht your level of competence is…best of luck.

  5. Lisaman says:

    Not easy to mix in with the locals…;-)

  6. Richert Manjarres says:

    Hang in there, Jennifer. Better things are coming your way. 🙂

  7. Marco Corda says:

    #1 and # 5 are intolerable, #3, #4 and #10 are unacceptable. The remaining points are very irritating.

  8. I am convinced….. This is definitely not easy…

  9. colonialist says:

    I suppose there are no official avenues to invite to look into management’s little staff exploitation practices? If there are, an invitation is overdue.

  10. Oh my goodness, that’s awful! I can’t even imagine! Glad you quit!

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