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In restaurant business people always liked to cheat

A typical headline for which the “Spiegel” (a German Magazin) - seems not to be ashamed of. The “Bild Zeitung” (Boulevard Press) for high school graduates”, as it is - apparently rightly - also often called, simply prints “in the restaurant business people always liked to cheat” as a general statement.


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In the restaurant business it has always been normal to cheat. But in the pandemic, some owners can hardly find waiters or dishwashers who want to work legally. By Stefan Schultz October 23, 2020 ”


A few facts that a well studied journalist like Mr. Stefan Schultz should perhaps take note:

Restaurants in Germany usually pays 19% VAT.

High-frequency trading for example - uncontrollable and only the gambling of the super-rich companies and cooperations is tax-free! Not accessible for normal citizens! Starbucks and MacDonalds, like Google, make EU law their servants and pay no taxes at all in Germany.

The catering industry offers millions of jobs for low-income earners that neither the state nor any other institution cares about!

In catering work is carried out without complain every weekend and on public holidays - when the “Spiegel” has two days off and only the computer automatically reprints Reuters. But stopping by at our place at 10 a.m. for a cappuccino is okay ?

If “cheating” is compared with the inconsistencies of Deutsche Bank business, the Wirecard scandal and the side business of our politicians like Mr. Amroth, hospitality still serves the entire society - which one cannot say about the three pillars of society mentioned above.

Hospitality is now on hold - frozen - while all three institutions mentioned above suffer no losses or have completely evaporated with billions.

The state has 9 billion for Lufthansa and 50 billion for Audi, BMW and Mercedes. But you expect the next cappuccino from us?

“Some owners hardly find waiters and dishwashers who want to work legally” - really? Thanks to the state, they can no longer afford to work legally.

Maybe do a little bit of balanced research and reports? Certainly not all is well in hospitality, but we run blisters on our feet to serve society and that should perhaps be recognized a little. Is it asking too much of millions of colleagues who are currently unemployed, go bankrupt and can no longer support their families and do not know how to pay the next rent?

You expect your next cappuccino from Wirecard?

Author: Stephan Busch, Academic Director at the State University for the Humanities Moscow RGGU, Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality and the Swiss International University earned his Master Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University, USA. He has a diverse experience in launching operations, business development and service training- for hotel and cruise companies in Asia, Europe, Canada and Russia.,

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