It’s shocking how the public treats people in the restaurant industry. The smiling bodies that are constantly there to refill your beverage or clean up the disaster your screaming toddler left, are often disrespected and mistreated.
Skin tough as leather, as well as the patience of a saint, are a prerequisite to working in the restaurant industry. To avoid committing felony assault, most in the industry often tell themselves “They didn’t do that on purpose” or “ They didn’t know any better” when a guest commits a thoughtless actions. Below are the do’s and don’t of public dinning, we strongly recommend skimming the list over before your next dinning experience. It’s never a good idea to turn your angelic server into your biggest enemy because at the end of the day they are handling your food.
Seriously, have you seen the movie “Waiting”?
Picking your own name up for your server-Most likely your first interaction with your server went a little something like this “Hi name ( ) I will be taking care of you tonight” . Don’t insult them by saying hun, chief, babe, or bro.
The $5 special-5 bucks is a good tip on $20 not $50. To avoid being the talk of the serving staff you must know the higher your bill, the higher the tip. As a rule of thumb doubling the tax is good place to start when determining how much to leave.
Not asking for things at once- Whether it’s drink refills or dropping off condiments when they ask, “Is their anything else I can get you?” tell them. There’s nothing worse than running back and forth to the kitchen 20 times for the same table, just tell them when they ask the first time.
Thinking you’re the only table in the restaurant- If you had to wait a hour for your table, chances are they’re busy. Take this in consideration before chewing them out because your martini took 8 minutes or your spinach artichoke dip is lagging.
Not acknowledging your server-There’s no worse feeling than going up to a table, saying your speech and everyone just continues speaking as if you’re not even there. One word…RUDE!
Making your own meals-Unless you’re at Burger King you can’t have it your way. None of this “I want the special, hold the sauce, and add noodles” that changes the dish completely, most times resulting with the person sending the dish back because it didn’t taste right. DUH!
Using sign language to communicate with your server- You really want to piss your server off wave your arms frantically or snap your fingers to get their attention.
Saying you’re ready when your not- Don’t say your ready and then ask your server a million questions. If your ready be ready, don’t flip flop 20 times between the ribeye and cobb salad while your server waits patiently. It might be funny to you and your friends but it’s extremely annoying to your server.
Taking your problems out on your servers - You’d be amazed how many people take personal problems, like not finding a parking spot or your boyfriend cheating on you, out on their server. If it wasn’t directly your servers fault don’t take it out on the tip you leave or how you interact with them.