Yes, Majorca is busy and Palma extremely so, but if we’re not swamped with holidaymakers at the peak of the season, then we’ll never be.

Yes, as a city centre resident, it can be a pain having to dodge lost tourists and visitors gormlessly wandering around the capital like zombies with no particular objective whatsoever, but that’s what this island lives off, has done so very nicely since the '60s and will continue to - so we shouldn’t be complaining. Or should we? If things are not running smoothly, it’s the fault of the thousands of tourists and cruise passengers. Or is it?

On Friday evening, the wife and I decided to pop out for a snack and, living near the Paseo Mallorca, we’re never spoilt for choice. However, all the restaurants, inside and out were packed; not a table to be had in our restaurants of first choice, so we settled for one of the smaller eateries. Yes, it was busy as well, we know the staff well, were welcomed with open arms and all that.

But the evening ended in tears when, after an hour, we still had not been served. It was not a case of "saturation"; for me it was a case of poor management. The number of staff had not been increased to take into account the peak summer rush. In fact, the same number of staff were on as would be during the winter. I am sure we weren’t the only disappointed people, but I’m not blaming "saturation". I’d put it down to poor management and businesses trying to double their fast bucks.

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Steve / Hace over 5 years

The outdated employment laws does not allow businesses to be flexible with hiring staff. The system is ludicrous.

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Simon Tow / Hace over 5 years

I´m afraid that I must agree with Jon, but not so much with his opinion about the cost of employing staff but the cost of getting rid of them if they are not suitable for the job.

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Jon miles / Hace over 5 years

Endemic all over Spain ,with the horrendous cost of employing staff here companies are reluctant to employ extra staff even when receiving half salary in black.

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