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“When swine flu hit back in 1976, everyone got his or her flu shot and since then, my family and I have never missed a season and seldom has one of us gotten common colds, much less the flu so get immunized” by Chef Fritz Schlependrecht
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Getting your flu shot can be extremely helpful
Pasadena, CA 91101, 03-16-2020 Monday: Good morning from beautiful Pasadena, California. Friends, I can see that I made the switch from the Democratic Party to the GOP just in time as members of my former party seem to be going berserk over the COVID-19 virus. I have never seen anything like this. I recall something going on back in the 1970s, when county health departments were encouraging everyone to get a flu shot. As I remember, flu shots were either just beginning to become available to the general public (although I could be wrong on this) and that the driving force behind the push to get them was some manner of ‘swine flu,’ the H1N1 virus.
At the time, everyone was being encouraged to go out and get the shot and I being a proud American went out and got mine. After all, IF I could get immunized against something that was as big a pain in the ass as getting either the stomach or the bodily flu- or both- during the season, how great would it be if I got the shot and got neither?
I must report that the advent of the influenza immunization was a good thing, especially for folks such as me who work in the foodservice industry. As you know, restaurant and bakery employees hate getting sick as we hate letting down our fellow foodservice employees/workers. Professional foodservice is akin to being in the military in that if one gets sidelined due to injury or sickness, they want to get back in the fight as quickly as they can.
Thus, many workers show up with colds and the flu and we foodservice professional managers have to determine who can and who cannot work. We no more want to have a worker transmit a cold or other illness to you, our guest than we would want a similar sick employee transmitting a cold or flu to us if we are dining in another establishment.
Add to that the fact that many times in professional foodservice, particularly in non-government or non-union operations, if one misses work, one might not get paid. This can be a real pickle for floor staff, i.e., waiters/waitresses and bussers, missing 2, 3, or more days from work can be especially costly, especially in houses where tips make up the bulk of one’s pay.
We must remember that when President Ronald Reagan was in office, one of the things he did in exchange for lower tax rates was that tip employees had to declare a considerable portion of their daily tips to their employer which would count towards their taxable income. This ended up hurting many of these people just as we could no longer pay cash under the table to kitchen personnel if they were willing to work overtime sans regular overtime pay.
You see, this was the normal way of doing things prior to 1981 as if we lacked enough employees or the ones available were of low quality and we needed the line cooks to work 12-hour days or seven-day weeks, we would pay them every hour above the weekly maximum in cash, ‘under the table.’ Thus, they did not have to pay taxes on the income and we didn’t have to pony up our matching share to the federal, state, and local tax collectors.
Those days are long gone which is sad for, well, everyone, just as it is for other cash industries such as house painters, handymen, gardeners, you name it, many people used to be in the cash economy but thanks to Uncle Sam’s hand in everything, there is very little commerce that takes place on a cash basis. Sex workers?
Therefore, it is important never to get sick nor to miss work and so immunizations make it all worthwhile. Since 1976, as I recall, I have never missed a flu shot and my family and I encourage our employees to get their immunizations and to keep up-to-date which they do. We encourage YOU to get them, too. Stay healthy and stay safe and remain vigilant when it comes to the “Wuhan Virus” as my friend, the BIG CHILE, said last week.
Thanks for joining me today; we will pick back up tomorrow. God bless and get immunized as at least, you won’t have to worry about getting the flu which might prevent you from getting the coronavirus. .
Chef Fritz Schlependrecht
American Culinary Federation, Inc., CMC
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03-16-2020 Monday—Political Topics and Essays, Part MMCX: “When swine flu hit back in 1976, everyone got his or her flu shot and since then, my family and I have never missed a season and seldom has one of us gotten common colds, much less the flu so get immunized” by Chef Fritz Schlependrecht.
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