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Worst thing about being a waiter/waitress?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by All Pro Sports Hero, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. All Pro Sports Hero

    All Pro Sports Hero

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    I'm fairly certain there are other ex- and/or current wait staff members among us.

    I waited tables in numerous chain restaurants over several years while in school, and even at various times after I graduated.

    Birthdays were, by far, the worst part of the job. And by "birthdays " I specifically mean singing happy birthday.

    Having to walk back into kitchen yelling "I need singers!", only to see everyone scatter like rats. Then came the begging, "Please, please come sing with me. You owe me."

    And finally, the most disingenuos rendition of happy birthday you've ever heard, muttered by strangers for strangers. None of us want to do this, jerk, and nobody cares it's your birthday.

    What say y'all?
     
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  2. r3dot

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    sombunya I Like To Watch

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    Every time we go out to a place like Dennys I am reminded how much harder these people work than I do, for much less money. And then there's the ass-wipe customer factor...

    That's why the service has to be pretty dam lousy before I tip less than 20%.
     
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    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    Back in the day, worked for the biggest catering firm in Chicago as a bartender/waiter while going to school . We only did things like conventions, car shows and big expensive weddings. The company was operated by the mother of the fiance of a friend of mine. Had a blast. Never had to sing Happy Birthday.

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  5. droidfire

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    paying cash so they cant use their card skimmers. i gotta think as a cash customer that makes me the worst part of the job.
     
  6. Dynactus

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    Yeah, even if the food wasn't prepared to my specifications I never blame the waitress, or reduce her tip. It's not her fault.
     
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    People who hate the world and think you have to take their hate because you are a paid slave.
     
  8. GamerGirl

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    I once got disciplined when I waited tables at the Cheesecake Factory because one of the table's hosts (not the victim.......er birthday boy) thought I didn't make her 30 something year old son's birthday "special enough" and complained to the GM. You'd have thought the Cheesecake Factory was a Michelin starred restaurant where people went to get engaged.


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  9. Batesmotel

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    Cocaine
    Drunk baker
    Assistant manager shooting up the walk-in with a .38
    Owner only coming in just to grab some cash and the managers ass
    Manager who ignored food safety
    Insects
    Horney waitresses
    Sharing tips with staff who are on permanent smoke break
    Dishwashers who let things back up because they were doing the waitresses

    And we haven't even gotten to the customers.
     
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    Dude you worked at my
    Friends Mexican restaurant!!!!
     
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    I know that in some places they make the server pay if a customer skips out on the bill.

    I have never been a server but i can see how trying to gather up some peers to sign happy birthday could be a pain. But I have to think that perhaps even worse is being either a server or a customer in Denny's when some table there needs the happy birthday song. It may just be me but I can think of few ways of celebrating a birthday that are more depressing than celebrating it with a meal at Denny's.
     
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    Ask any wait staff any they will tell yo it's the cheap-donkey Sunday Church people. They go there, get the word of Some God, but apparently not the one in any Bible I've read, then go out to eat and stiff the wait staff. Or leave them religious tracks in place of tips.
     
  14. Batesmotel

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    Worse. A nice, friendly "family" restaurant in sketchy neighborhood in Salt Lake.

    Started as a buss boy. Became a waiter the night someone brought in some real good coke and everyone else was to stoned to work. Hell of a fast education for a 14 year old kid.
     
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    That used to be the only fringe benefit of working in the restaurant business. Whenever applying for the job, you always checked out the cocktail waitress.
     
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    Damn, you beat me to it. Tip the person that didn't prepare my food, yeah right.

    It's not rocket science.
     
  18. JMS

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    As a waiter I hated the down times. I tried to work as many Friday and Saturday nights as possible. We all had to work a lunch shift here and there but you were really working for free at most restaurants.
     
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    Cooks that scream...customers that call you 'boy' (this was 40 years ago... I was 22 )
    Then to top it all off a cook that was a con artist and got everyone for at least $50. The owner refused to say how much he got took for.
     
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    It's going to take me a while, but I'll do my best to put up a job description for a waiter/waitress:

    1. Write down what the customer wants
    2. Bring it out after somebody else prepares it

    WOW, that didn't take as long as I thought :)

    Want to tip someone, tip the guy you see digging a ditch, that's hard work.