stupid, stupid, stupid.

November 30, 2009

i was just reading this article on msn- 20 secrets your waiter will never tell you- and i'm fuming.  fuming.  i waitressed for a long time.  jon was a manager at a restaurant.  and i can tell you that 90% of the things on this list are BULLSHIT.  you wait staff is not out to trick you.  they are not going to spit in your food, lie to you, listen in on your conversations, or scam you for bigger tips unless they are a few and far between asshole.  servers have a hard enough time making a living as it is.  it is an easy job but with long hard hours and work that depends only on tips.  and thanks to these stupid articles people think servers are in some kind of conspiracy to screw them over when really most of them are just plodding along trying to pay the bills and go home early.

i did see a few that i agreed with though:
#10. Oh, you needed more water so badly, you had to snap or tap or whistle? I’ll be right back … in ten minutes.

#15. I get this call all the time: “Is the chef there? This is so-and-so. I’m a good friend of his.” If you’re his good friend, you’d have his cell.

#20. If you walk out with the slip you wrote the tip on and leave behind the blank one, the server gets nothing. It happens all the time, especially with people who’ve had a few bottles of wine. (though if you wrote on top of the copy you left i have sometimes been able to decipher the imprint of whatever tip they wrote in when you hold it up to the light, but it's very tricky)

#13. People think that just because your food took a long time, it's the server's fault. Nine times out of ten, it's the kitchen. Or it's the fact that you ordered a well-done burger.  (from the second article, listed below)

and don't even get me started on the article it links to at the bottom- 20 more secrets your waiter won't tell you.  i have never seen anyone serve people decaf because they were too lazy to make more regular freakin coffee.  ugh.  your servers are generally not out to get you!  that doesn't mean there aren't jerks out there but come on, treat them respectfully and you'll get that in return.


wrestling kitties

AGREE. I was a waitress, caterer, and/or bartender through nearly all of college and I don’t agree with hardly any of these either. Infact, unless you are working some shit place where no one cares I think it is the opposite. I think your server is going to work harder so to get a better tip. And though it may not be “hard” to be a waitress, believe me not everyone can do it. You have to have a huge amount of patience and I don’t think most waiters are going to waste their time playing these stupid games people are talking about.

I do agree about “Specials” many times being leftovers and things about ready to go bad. I worked at this one club where we would have something like tomato soup Monday, vegetable Tuesday and then tomato vegetable with noodles on Wednesday & Thursday. We never ate the soup of the day wed. & Thursday.

Stupid articles


I'm guilty of the coffee switcheroo, but I feel it was for good reason. I was a barista for 7 years and a guy came in there up to three times a day. He had had a heart attack in his 20's and the amount of caffeine and fat he was trying to get himself was wrong. So his first coffee would be normal, 2nd would be half decaf with skim, and his 3rd would be all decaf and skim. He never had any idea.

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