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Modern Times
July 3, 2009, 2:42 pm
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MODERN TIMES

Sears Fine Foods — San Francisco, CA

Sears Fine Foods — San Francisco, CA

Before computers, waitresses used to “call in” their orders. They would scream at the cooks all day, and somehow the cooks would remember every order for the restaurant. Some places still use this system, but many restaurants have moved on to computers. Angel from Sears Fine Foods says, “Believe it or not, before when we were calling [in orders], screaming our head off, I think there was less mistakes, we all knew where our food was, there was a lot of fighting, but we knew, especially cooks, they knew [who had what order].

Edie Schrage - Mt. Vernon Restaurant.  Somerville, Massachusetts

Edie Schrage - Mt. Vernon Restaurant. Somerville, Massachusetts

Edie from the Mt. Vernon restaurant in Somerville, Massachusetts says, “It’s different than it was. You wrote out your slip. There were no computers when I first started. And you’d write…you want mashed potatoes and peas and when you went in the kitchen the food was all on your dish, where now we have to get our potato and our vegetable ourselves. Everything was just different then. Back then we had to write out our checks by hand and figure out the tax, which was harder. And the hardest part I always found was at the end when everybody wanted their check and you had to sit down and add them up. With these new machines, you push “print check” and it’s there.

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