- Folsom’s deputy mayor works at a restaurant to help alleviate staff shortages, according to CBS News.
- Sarah Aquino had previously held a second job selling health and life insurance.
- She said she wanted to lead by example and inspire others to fill vacancies.
The vice mayor of Folsom, Calif., Took a third job at a local restaurant in an attempt to alleviate the city’s labor shortage.
Sarah Aquino said she recently started her new job as a hostess and dining supervisor at Back Bistro, CBS News reported.
Along with that and her duties as deputy mayor, she also sells health and life insurance, the outlet said.
“I saw a post on Facebook that said they were desperate for hosts and buses,” Aquino told CBS MoneyWatch. “I told them that I have no experience in the restaurant business, but I am a hard worker and I learn fast, and if you are willing to hire me and train me, I will commit to work until at 20 hours a week for six months. “
“I have decided to lead by example,” she said. If people can “go out and help these companies fill these positions, it helps the companies while helping the town of Folsom,” she added.
Aquino recently announced a campaign to encourage local retirees, stay-at-home parents and students to go to work and help alleviate the labor shortage, as Insider’s Mary Hanbury reported.
Many restaurateurs in California struggle to hire or retain staff. In September, a chain of sushi restaurants in the state was forced to close all nine establishments once a week, due to a lack of skilled workers.
“We have a good business, our customers, but now we have no help,” the owner told KCRA at the time.
It’s not just California either. Restaurateurs from Massachusetts to Arkansas have also been severely affected. Indeed, many workers left their jobs in search of better wages, benefits and working conditions.
is also facing disruption related to labor shortages heading into Christmas.
Recently, a lack of Santa Claus imitators has been reported, although this has been blamed on older men being concerned about contracting COVID-19 while doing the job.
According to CBS Sacramento, there are a dozen employees missing at the Back Bistro.
For Aquino, she hopes the new campaign “will inspire a few people when they see the sign of help being asked.”