I was working in a kitchen as a part time job that worked in a cafeteria, and a war broke out between two different kitchen staff shifts. Most of us in this part time job are either college students, or older folk who work to make spare change in this sluggish economy and nobody makes more than ten dollars an hour. The later shift I worked with had a former Hispanic gang member (now totally reformed and all around great assistant manager) who belonged to the 13s or 14s and we worked together really well. I was one of the older folk there with no affiliation and the others were young college students with no affiliations I know of. However, the earlier shift were the other gang, the gang with the other bandana color, so to speak, and they had it in their mind to want to man our shift too. Also it didn't help that the owner of the business is of a different race and they feel pressured to hire only Hispanic people, or else. Logic would say if all the workers are from the same nation, then things would be cool. The part where it gets explosive is that the two gangs, while mostly from the same country, are equally represented in our area and both very well armed. It's not a paintball match, but they treat it as such but with real weapons. Before long, somebody gets hurt or killed and it gets personal and there's no end to the cycle of violence. After shooting up one of our houses, and threatening the rest of us, we all gave up our jobs, and they took both shifts. I can't say it was over the stinking low pay, but more of a turf war to make a point. I live in a county that was the blue gang but is becoming red territory. All of us not in gangs got caught in the crossfire and it really pissed me off. I am not asking for sympathy, but this California gang thing has gotten totally out of control. It was either show up to work carrying a handgun like some of the restaurant staff do, or quit. I quit. People with more experience told me to be in this business and not be Hispanic can be dangerous. I originally didn't heed the warnings, but now I know not to get into an industry that some "gang" affiliations. The ag industry and the construction industry in some areas have become pissing matches for the 13s vs. the 14s and people get killed on a regular basis. Is this the restaurant business in California or am I just an old guy who does not understand today's youth and popular gang culture?