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What's your impression when you pull into a restaurant and see employees out back on a smoke break?

When this happens, I often just keep driving and go someplace else. Just as a restaurant doesn't want a dirty parking lot to be a patron's first impression, neither should the sight of an employee smoking. Someone explained to me that 124% of restaurant workers smoke, but I don't think a customer should ever see it.

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  1. I'm glad they aren't in the kitchen smoking. But really, where do you think the employees should be smoking? "Out back" is certainly preferable to "out front", and no I'm not being snarky. I'm just not sure what it is you expect.

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      1. I'd like to think that employees are smoking "out back". "Out front" should be reserved for customers smoking.

        Doesnt bother me one bit, though.

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        1. re: Harters

          Harters, I'm with you.

          OP, I think the industry's heavy rates of alcohol use are more troubling:

          http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/din...

          1. re: JMF

            Maybe some people average over 100% since they smoke several different substances...

            1. re: JMF

              As a non-smoker who has worked in restaurants, this *seems* to be true. Or at least understandable hyperbole.

            2. Unless the restaurant's entrance is located "out back," why would this be a first impression? At least the fact that they're out of the establishment should count for something.

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              1. re: mamachef

                Because you often have to park in the rear.

                1. re: ebchower

                  :) It wasn't a serious comment anyway, but if we're talking about the back lot, there's sure to be a dumpster there somewhere, which to me has the potential to be just as offensive, if not more, than witnessing someone smoke.

                  1. re: ebchower

                    I'll deliberately refrain from commenting about driving...