Tuesday, August 22

Things You Learn When You Are A Waitress (Or Were Taught By Awesome Parents)..

To carry cash when you go out with friends so that the waitress doesn't to have to split the bill on 12 different credit cards.

If you don't tip on the first round, it will be harder to get a drink the second.

To talk down to a server is rude and happens more than you think (so be respectful!)..

Be prepared to start a tab, and offer a credit card if needed (don't give the server a hard time, they are doing their job!)...


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8/22/2006 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great tips...No pun intended. Thank you, Miss Caroline!!!!

8/22/2006 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just exactly who is paying and who is serving?
I thought the customer was always right?

8/22/2006 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's what I learned from inside the industry: even the best server will not be able to make everyone happy; treating the "profiled" customers (elderly, people of specific races, or parents with small children) with genuine respect and warmth usually earned at least enough of a tip to break even when I had to tip the bartenders, busboys, etc. later that night; servers will never believe that a poor tip reflects anything about their service unless you leave a note with their tip telling them why the tip is low and what you would have tipped otherwise; if you are a parent with small kids and you bring a dropcloth to put under the highchair, servers will see that you have concern for them as well (have you ever seen how much food one baby can drop and one server will have to sweep up?) and they will usually treat you better.

I loved my days as a server - and I loved the day that I finished being a server! It was a valuable time in my life, but I'm a definite homebody, a "curl up with a good book" type. I like an office job with fewer people and a slower pace - but I would never trade those days. Good times and I learned a lot.

8/22/2006 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We used to always say, "The customer is not always right... but they have the right to be wrong!" In other words, some battles are just not worth fighting.

8/22/2006 5:57 PM  
Blogger stolie | The Funky Brown Chick said...

I've *TOTALLY* done the split-the-check-between-12-cards thing. It seems that I'm in good company because no one carries cash these days ...

But, on a diffent topic ... ooh, ooh, ooh, as a former bartender, can I add another tip to your list? Folks, if you dotip on the first round, your drinks are likely to be even more tasty (and contain more alcohol) on the second round. ;)

8/22/2006 7:12 PM  
Blogger Cold Steel Rail said...

Cash is a dying breed, especially in the younger generation(s). Sorry, but this isn't 1995. Credit cards (debit cards also) are defiantely popular.

Tipping on the first round? You should expect a tip later if they don't tip.

I'll be respectful to you, as long as you're the same back (I don't think that's too much to ask).

See the second statement.

8/23/2006 1:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Servers these days try to act like they deserve something. Look, you got my fucking food or drink for me, it's not a big deal. That industry sucks ass, that's why I stopped doing it when I was young. Dealing with random assholes off the street is tough. Fucking quit and get a real job, I hate it when lowly servers bitch about their pathetic jobs!

8/23/2006 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Luna Mila said...

A waiter (who apparently hates his job) from Applebees somewhere in wisconsin started his own youtube show. Check it out, it's hilarious!



8/24/2006 2:29 AM  

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