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Why this longtime bartender quit the service industry
Neil Cairns of Oregon has been on an employment roller coaster the past two years. Now he’s trying something new.
Why this unemployed bartender feels “betrayed” by the nation's safety net
Neil Cairns of Portland, Oregon, is finding that returning to work is a tough job.
COVID-19 has veteran bartenders and servers thinking about career moves
Making drinks and waiting tables used to be fallback occupations for many young people. The coronavirus is changing that.
How one unemployed bartender is making ends meet
A government stimulus check, unemployment benefits and helpful roommates are keeping Neil Cairns afloat — for now.
One bartender faces the prospect of weeks without pay: “It’s gonna become a problem pretty quick.”
Neil Cairns, a bartender in Portland, Oregon says he'll just have to "hope for the best" as he faces reduced hours and the prospect of bar closures.
Meet Neil, 34, bartender
The Bureau of Labor Statistics would categorize Neil's job as a “service occupation,” along with a wide range of other workers. Two in 10 people work jobs in that category.