Waiters have it tough. Dealing with people of varying moods day in and day out, all the while trying to be as nice as possible, is a difficult task. Sometimes diners can just be so rude or just oblivious to common courtesy. The following things on this list waiters just absolutely hate.
One of those things is asking waiters to put a rush on your food. If you are in a hurry, you probably should get fast food (emphasis on fast).
Changing your order after already putting it in is a huge pain in the a**. The cooks in the kitchen get mad at the waiter, and there’s also the chance that they already started cooking your order. Sure, everyone is indecisive from time-to-time, but try to make sure you know what you really want.
3. Sending Back Food After You've Eaten Most Of It
Waiters depend on their tips for their livelihood. Standard tipping rates start at 20 percent. If you can’t afford that, you probably should just order in some take out. Also, if you leave no tip, you are a gigantic a**hole.
You hate it when your boss keeps you at work after normal hours, so why do you assume that someone else wants to go through that experience? When you show up five minutes before the restaurant closes you’re keeping everyone from the wait staff to the cooks and dishwashers from going home on time. Don’t be that guy.
You really need an entire box for those three French fries and one bite of chicken? No, either leave it or find the room in your stomach. Don’t waste the waiter’s time and don’t waste that takeaway box. Think of the environment.
If you ask for more booze in your drink, you should expect to pay for it. Asking for another shot of alcohol in your daiquiri is like asking for another whole new drink. Plus, try not to get too sloppy at the table.
The waiter is being paid to be nice to you. So, do yourself a favor and don’t confuse that with them flirting with you. Please don’t try to slip them your number. Also, if you’re on a date with your significant other, please don’t obviously flirt with the servers.
If it’s two people, fine you can split the bill. Three people, you’re pushing it. Four people, just have one person pay and have the rest of the table Venmo them. Also, if you are going to split the bill, do it evenly, not by what you ordered. It just makes it easier for everyone involved.
You go out to eat at a restaurant because you want a unique dining experience. Don’t go to a restaurant and order something that isn’t on their menu. Just because they have the ingredients to make something that’s not on the menu, doesn’t mean they should. They made that menu for a reason. Stick to it.
Yeah, if you’re going to Chilis or Applebee’s you can bring your kids. You shouldn’t bring them to a fine dining restaurant though. Some restaurants even have a strict “no children” policy. If you do bring your kids out to eat, please control them and don’t let them run all around the place.
Servers hate when you call them over because you’re “ready to order” but then you proceed to stare at the menu for five minutes. Only call them over if you actually know what you want. They have other people they can be helping.
The waiter is not responsible for how your food was cooked. If you don’t like the food, simply send it back. But don’t yell or get frustrated with the waiter because your food tastes bad. They literally had nothing to do with that.
If you’re coming in to eat at peak hours, please show some patience. Being a waiter is difficult and stressful. If you see that restaurant is packed and your waitress is running around to several tables, give her a break and just be patient. She’ll get to you as soon as she can. Oh, and don't whistle or snap your fingers to try to get their attention. So rude.
If you’re going out to eat with your family or friends, please stay off your phone. Waiters especially hate it if you’re on your phone while they are trying to talk to you. Also, if you see the waiter coming with your food, help them out by clearing some room on the table. Don’t just sit their aimlessly staring into the screen.