(Closed) i just wanna slap some people…. *vent*

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 4
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Aww I’m so sorry – I feel ya girl; I’ll never understand why customers in a restaurant think servers do things for their own amusement.  No, we do those things and ask those questions because it’s our job and it’s the freakin’ law. 

To make you smile, I copied this, which is entirely too long, but every word is true; I used to look it up everytime we had to powerclose lol hope it helps!  Sorry in advance for all the expletives ha

You know you’re a server when…..

1. You know that “in the weeds” is NOT a camping term. 2. You cant decide who you hate more: kids, old people, teenagers, foreigners, or Canadians. 3. You’re pissed if you got a $10 tip on a $60 check. 4. You can figure out 20% like nobodys business. 5. You heavily debate putting on a gratuity for a big party. And may call in a second opinion to evaluate the table. 6. You’re familiar with the signature cocktail: water with lemon. 7. You don’t have any idea what the special is and could care less. 8. When you go out to eat, you over analyze everything your server does. And even if they f*** up you still tip at least 20%. 9. You hang out at the server table. 10. You know about all your co-workers sex lives and drug habits. And you participate in one or the other; or both! 11. You know what the most dreaded side work is and how to avoid getting stuck with it. 12. Same goes for the death section. 13. You understand the importance of booths. 14. You know that an over cooked steak is the worst re-cook ever. 15. You want to kill the kitchen when they have 30 minute ticket times. 16. You will take the long way around just to avoid your table. 17. You hate making desserts. 18. You get weeded waiting forever for the bar to pour you a freakin beer. 19. You live out of your car. 20. You always have cash on you, yet you’re always broke. 21. Your cash is usually still in your book days after you worked. 22. You know who sells the good drugs. 23. You never know what happened to the wine key. 24. You become a nocturnal creature. 25. Everybody on a Sunday AM shift has a hangover. 26. The busser is never around when you need him. 27. Getting cut does not equal getting out. 28. You need a manager card to wipe your a$$! 29. A f***up is always appreciated by the starving servers… 30. And you’re all like a bunch of vultures when it happens! 31. When in doubt-you go with medium. 32. You use the term 86 in regular conversation. Yet you have no idea where it came from.

And if you haven’t seen this next section before, you need to pass it along.

For all of you who don’t wait tables: If you go out to eat, or plan to ever again… read this!


easy tip: take 10% of the total price of the ticket and then double it. $50.00 tab = $5.00 x 2 = $10.00 would be an alright tip.

The next time you’re out eating at a resturant, look at your server. Do you think they are really happy to be doing that job? The answer is no, they are not, but it’s what we do, and we do it for the money so please help them out. Its a tougher job than you think and you should pay them accordingly!

Also for those who order TOGO at restaurants like Ruby Tuesday, Apple bees, and all those other places with designated TOGO team – yes they do work for tips, especially tip them if they are delivering it to your car!!!! You should tip them like you tip a server more if it is inclement weather, do you really think that they want to walk outside in the rain to take you your food and get nothing? if you don’t want to tip go to McDonald’s!!

There are so many people out there flooding the restaurants w/o any knowledge of how to tip. Here is a short guide for the general public to follow. Feel free to print out and store in your wallet and/or purse.

1. CHILDREN “THE LITTLE DEVILS”: If you have children, DO NOT let them, open and dump anything on the table (ie; salt, sugar, etc). IF YOU DO, you must leave an extra $5 for the server to clean up YOUR CHILD’S mess & to restock the now unusable wasted items. We are neither their babysitter nor their parent. The least you can do is pay us for the extra work. Also make sure you control your kids and don’t let them scream or run around the restraunt. It’s very distracting and rude to others eating, not to mention dangerous if they get ran over by a server with hot food in their hands.

2. “THE CAMPERS”: If you feel the necessity to stay for longer than 15 minutes after you pay, its an extra $3 every 30 minutes. We make our money from the tables. If you are in one and we can’t seat it, we don’t make money. Not to mention, if you are our last table we have to wait for you to leave before we can leave.

3. COMPLIMENTS: Telling a server they are the best server they’ve ever had is not a tip. If we are good, let us know by leaving us more money. We cant pay our bills on compliments. Its not that we don’t appreciate the praise, its just that if you say that and then leave 10% it’s an insult.

4. THE SALVATION PAMPHLETS: Prayer cards and any other religious pamphlet is NOT a tip. It is insulting that you assume we are w/o religion and must save us. Again, like ..3, we can’t pay bills w/prayer cards. We’d go to church on Sundays if it wasn’t mandatory to work on Sundays because EVERYONE who goes to church follows it by eating out.

5. TIPPING: It is not 1960. Cost of living has gone up dramatically since then. 18% is the MINIMUM amount of what you should be tipping your servers. Look at the first number of your bill. ie. if your bill is $30, double the 3 & you have a $6 tip. If the second number is more than 5 however, you must add a dollar. Remember, our companies pay us LESS THEN minimum wage ( minumum wage for servers is $6.75 in CA, $3.13 in FL, $3.09 in MARYLAND & IA, $2.13 in NJ, 2.65 in MI, 2.15 in OK, $2.13 in TX and $2.13 in VA, by the way the servers do not get a min wage increase along with everyone else ). And we are taxed on 10 percent of your meal automatically anyway. So if your meal is $100 and you leave $10 and we tip out $4-5 to the busser, bartender, and whoever else then we pay tax on 10 dollars and we make $5. It seems small but it adds up. How many times do you eat out per week and do this?

6. THE COMPLAINERS: If you get a discount because your food was prepared wrong or something, do not take it out of our tip. We didn’t cook it. The cooks get paid hourly regardless if the food sucks. However, we only make what you give us.

7. THE FREE STUFF: If you happen to get anything for free and you did not have a problem with your dining experience, most of the time it is because the server thinks you will realize that they are giving it to you for free. There should be extra tip thanking the server for the free item. They could get in a lot of trouble giving away free stuff. You should give them hazard pay for it.

8. THE LATE ONES: If you come into the restaurant 10 mins before closing or any time near closing hurry up and order your food and get out. Closed means closed, not social hour. It is so rude to sit there and take your sweet ass time. We can’t leave until you leave because we have to do side work and clean the table you are sitting at. We don’t want to stand there waiting for you for an extra hour just because you don’t want to go home. We recommend 24 hour establishments such as Denny’s if you wish to sit into the wee hours of the night.

9. THE TABLE HOGGERS: If you only come in for coffee or a dessert, to do paper work, or to have a meeting, don’t sit there taking up our booths for hours. We are not Starbucks or a hotel restraunt. If you want to sit for hours, go there or else you better leave a good tip for us and camping fee included.

10. THE GREET: When we come up to the table to greet you and we ask how you are doing, please let us know. We honestly want to know how you are doing. And ask us how we are doing as well. It’s called manners. If you are in a bad mood we want to know that from the beginning. A confused stare or complete silence does not suffice as a reply to ” How are you doing? “. Also most of us are REQUIRED to say certain things during the greeting, so please don’t interrupt our greeting and say ” I want coffee “, ” Can we get some bread? “, or ” What are the soups? ” Just sit tight for a god**** minute & let us talk. You’re not helping us out & saving us time by stopping our greet, you are pissing us off.

11. THOSE DAMN CELL PHONES: Don’t ever talk on your cell phone in a restaurant. This is probably the rudest thing to do. If you must be on your cell, at least keep your voice down in respect for other customers. If you are on your cell phone when we walk up to greet your table we will walk away and not return until you get off your phone. Just show some respect and give us your attention for a couple of minutes.

12. THE PICKY PEOPLE: When you’re taken to a table, sit there. There’s a reason you were taken to that table and it’s because that server is next on the rotation. If you prefer a certain table, section, window seat etc. specify that to the host/hostess BEFORE they walk you to your table!! Don’t wait till they get to the VERY back of the restaraunt then ask ” can we have a booth? ” ” Can we sit by the window? ” No! The reason you weren’t sat by the window or in a booth is most likely because the server by the window or the server with the booths just got sat and you will receive better service if you stay put. If you ask BEFOREHAND the hostess has time to sit you accordingly. They have time to find you a table where you will be happy to sit AND receive good service!

13. THE WAVERS: If you wave at me or try to talk to me while I am talking to another table or have a huge tray in my hand, I WILL ignore you. We have other people besides you to take care of and unless we are standing still or hanging out by a computer, we are doing something. It is rude to think we will stop what we are doing for one table just to come help you. Let me put this heavy ass tray down in the middle of the dining room to find out you want more sauce. Do not grab me, or wave, or shake your glass, or call me ma’am or waiter or any other pet-name you want to call me because you were on your cell, or talking, or interrupted my initial greet where I told you my d*** name!

Post # 5
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Aww..sorry you had a bad day. I completely understand. I worked in retail and had to id almost everyone that looked under 35 (I think that was the age), but I usually just id everyone just in case. I’m so bad with guessing ages…and people would give me crap about it every.single.day.  It was so annoying. I just started pointing to the sign and saying “next guest.” I’m not there to argue with you..if you want to argue about it call someone who cares and/or could actually help you. I was either. LOL Plus I’m not losing my job just because you swear you’re 21 and just happen to not have your id..how are you driving?? Would a cop that pull you over care if you didn’t have your id with you in the car? Than why is it any different for buying drinks. Seriously, I know you probably drove here!

Oh look, now I’m venting. lol

Post # 6
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

That is extremely annoying!  If you’re not going to tip the server well… don’t freakin’ go out to eat!

Sorry about your night!

Post # 7
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@qui40067:Lol! Amazing. I have never been a server but have abided by 99% of the rules because I’ve worked in cafe’s and coffee shops as well as salons, always making tips. I always tip 20% or more! I have to admit when I am with others i am not assertive enough to tell them not to be obnoxious.

Post # 8
5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m sorry you had a bad day. My brother is a Groomsmen of a restuarant and he has to deal with foolishness everyday. People acting a fool and lying to get a free meal (they want to get out of paying for their meal).

Post # 9
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh man that sucks. Getting upset because someone is doing THEIR JOB that they are required to do by their manager and the law?!  Absolutely wrong.  And then tipping them poorly because of that?  Even worse.

I used to work as a manager at a resturant in college, and I def think everyone should have to be a server or work retail at some point in their lives.  I tip around 25% as a part of a job well done, but it’s not a given for me. Bad service gets about 10-15 (depending on how awful it is-if its just because its busy I’ll still do 25), but its got to be pretty awful to reach that point. And don’t forget, tipping 5.36 on a bill so you can have a round number at the end of the bill is just wrong.  Really?  Thanks.  I needed that extra 36 cents so you could show off your math skills. 😀


Post # 10
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

OP, that was really terrible to them. I can’t believe it, especially if you told them it was required by law.


Post # 11
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Since when is a base level tip AT LEAST 20%? 

I’m guessing that’s why servers hate Canadians?

Post # 13
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@stephanie63087:Maybe I’m just a good tipper. I  always tip 20% unless the service is horrible with the restaurant considered (you expect better service at a nice place as opposed to a dive). I’m really bad at math so I just give $1 for every $5 on the bill which is 25%?

And if we are sitting there for a while (never thought of my kid being messy ’cause I usually clean it up myself) we tip more.

Post # 14
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

1 dollar for every 5 is 20%.

Post # 15
41 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

OP – sorry you got crap just for doing your job. 


besides that, I know I’m going to get heat from the bees but I am on the side of the anti-tippers. that little artictle that qui40067 posted got me all worked up. don’t get me wrong. I tip 25% with superb service, 18% on good, 15% on average, 10% on bad, sometimes none when they’re flat out rude. HOWEVER,  i hate, i repeat HATE that some servers think they’re deserve a certain amount of tip.

We all work. Why are you think you’re so deserving of tip because of service? I worked in retail before. I carried peoples clothes, ran around the store to find certain sizes for them, and rang them up correctly even offering them some discount they didn’t know we had.  I got paid minimum wage too. I didn’t get any tip because I did my job well.  I did it well to keep my job like the rest of us do. I didn’t complain about not getting a tip. If you’re going complain about the low wages (btw, in big cities servers make a LOT of money) then get another job!

I TOTALLY and COMPLETELY understand the concept of tip when the state minimum wage is ridiculously low for the waiter/servers but for those that get the same minimum wage as all the others in the state, geez stop complaining. People in mcdonalds work just as hard but don’t get any tip. 

And the whole deal about the bussers. Goodness, I’ve been to some restaurants where the waiter/servers are no where to be seen so the bussers go and get the drinks after cleaning up the tables. Cleaning up the tables is no piece of cake either. They deserve something as much as servers/waiters. 


– vent over – 


go ahead. let me hear it… i know it’s coming


Post # 16
363 posts
Helper bee

Hmm…I didn’t know it was wrong to leave a tip with change so I can get a round number.  I always do that.

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