Why Are Restaurants Understaffed? (feat. Padma Lakshmi) – Beyond the Scenes | The Daily Show

Published on October 12, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, restaurant workers have been acting as “essential,” but haven’t been treated as such. In this episode, host Roy Wood Jr. sits down with Padma Lakshmi, and Daily Show staffers Madeleine Kuhns and Stephanie O. to discuss why restaurant workers aren’t running back to the industry and its long list of problems including low pay, long hours, and rude customers. #DailyShow #BeyondTheScenes




  • Bradley Adams 1 year ago

    $50.00 check at 9:30 p.m., we closed at 10, dude tips me $4 and steals my $5 pen.

    Death to restaurants, the only thing I miss is my co-workers.

  • A P 1 year ago

    Leave it to the Cuomosexuals to ignore Hunter Biden calling Obama the N word.

  • chef Nelson 1 year ago

    If you’re going to split a check, let the server know BEFORE you place your order.

  • A P 1 year ago

    If black lives matter why did Trevor fore Jaboukie for making a Biden joke?

  • Mad Audi 1 year ago

    Learned some things that I never considered before. I no longer go out to eat. I order restaurant delivery through the apps. I think restaurants need to reimagine food, employees, customers and adjust to what’s happening in their area. I’m not sure what the solution is… but I have to say…. Delivery food is slop compared to walking into a quality restaurant and paying for quality food and service. I’m willing to pay more for better. But with online ordering… the quality is inferior…

  • Judy Manning 1 year ago

    Thank you for reporting 🍀

  • Bonnie F 1 year ago

    My worst tip was negative money. This 6 top shorted me $3 on the bill, and I chased them to the parking lot. I didn’t get fired because everyone was so shocked that quiet Bonnie chased them down. They didn’t tip, but at least I didn’t end up paying them for the “privilege” of waiting on them.

  • Richard B. 1 year ago

    How dare humans have limits, ungrateful biological sentient A-holes.

  • Jaye 1 year ago

    I love this show more than the Daily Show!

  • Jones Factor 1 year ago

    I’d like to see every fast food chain shut down, low quality food is the downfall of our health.

  • Riding With Ralph 1 year ago

    She cold

  • Reverend Christian Tourettes b'Staard III 1 year ago

    Mandatory before anyone attends university or starts a “normal job:”
    *6-months in restaurant work,
    *6-months in any other service industry,
    *Basic Military Training in any branch without having to join that branch (unless you want to).
    With all these skills normal people will learn how to treat people….

  • Shana Jones 1 year ago


  • Carl Lane 1 year ago

    I’m a certified Sommelier and much of my pay is based on a percentage of wine sales. During the last year or so most restaurants used their resources from government loans, etc to take care of their management and left tipped employees out in the cold. I waited for over a year to go back to work at my pre pandemic place of employment, and even after the owner personally asked me to wait, they eliminated my position and never even let me know. That’s why people don’t want to go back.

  • Erin Oleary 1 year ago

    Try being a server at a restaurant in the airport 🙄 you see the best and the worst of humanity… #padma , love you, respect you, but stfup. The restaurant industry was broken before Covid, yes, let’s fix it

  • corey williams 1 year ago

    I’m a nighttime pizza delivery driver and I reduced my hours to just 3-4 a night. Because I’m a stay at home dad/student during the day. So homeschooling 2 kids, my own full time schooling, and working 40+ hours a week at an understaffed pizzeria wasn’t my idea of fun. especially since reducing my hours my paycheck hasn’t taken as big a hit as I thought it would. Dropping to 17-18hours a week I’ve lost roughly $100-150 per pay period because most of income comes in the form of tips anyways. That’s a drop in $300 per month but I’d rather have my sanity and sleep than go back to that.

  • Dan Smith 1 year ago

    If it’s not fine dining, it should all be done by robots, lol

  • Don H 1 year ago

    I started out of high school by working in the food industry.. Back then, everyone has to eat.. Job security aswell as, in some cases, mobility..

  • Rutta _v 1 year ago

    Third world situation.. shouldnt depend on tips 😂


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