I really think it’s bullshit how my coworkers get to take 5 and 10 minute breaks, during a shift, while I have to stay inside (and busy) for the duration of my shift.
If there is a 7 hour shift, and a waiter who’s a smoker takes a 5 minute break each hour (I notice more breaks than this, usually.), that’s 35 minutes less time inside, working, than a non-smoker on the same shift. I feel like if smokers get to go outside and smoke (and compose themselves while getting out of helping others run food), non-smokers should get the same breaks to just sit or stand and do nothing. Smokers aren’t the only ones who like to take a break from the floor and socialize outside. When a smoker is outside, they’re seen as doing something. When a non-smoker is outside, it’s like, “WTF are you doing. Get back inside and work!”
I told my boss I was going to go outside every time a smoker went outside. My manager didn’t like this idea and told me if I do it, I’m going to have to go home. Since when does smoking earn you privileges at work?