We are located in a small town as well. Though this is not the Lexus crowd, for some reason, local parents seem to think that it is beneath their station for their children to work in a local restaurant. The mall in the nearby larger city is soooo much better. As to small town labor pools vs. large town labor pools, my son manages a large restaurant in North Dallas and he will be the first to say that he would rather have his situation over mine any day. On ideas for finding new hires, be aware of good people in any work environment. A convenience store clerk that is friendly and courteous, a bag boy or girl who is personable and helpful, keep an eye out for anyone who seems to be neat, clean, personable and conscientious They may be your candidate. Ultimately, after 17 yrs of fighting this battle, my wife and I have just geared ourselves mentally for those times when we are forced to take up the slack for ungrateful and irrational employees who by their decision or ours have got to go.