Another sad workplace story from Montreal today, as CTV reports that topless waitresses at le Restaurant des Princesses d’Hochelaga must now wear shirts in order to serve customers. I guess they’ll be removing their “No shirts, great service!” sign from the front door any day now.
Restaurant owner Raynald Morissette has apparently been at war with the city and its Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough since 2004, with the Quebec Superior Court upholding a borough verdict that the princesses violate local zoning laws. Although the restaurant remains in business, the puritan policy-makers have hereby reduced the living wages of its workers. “Before, when it was topless service, we made more money because there were more customers, especially tourists,” said one waitress, who is studying to be a dental hygienist and didn’t want her name used.
The kicker? The establishment is located mere blocks from Olympic Stadium, meaning that those provincial sports ministry workers who don’t get any sunlight during the daytime are now deprived of shiny, round orbs at breakfast as well. Sucks to be them!