“I live in a house of 4 bartenders. When my roommate blacks out, the last thing he does is put the stools up on the counter in our kitchen. His most basic instinct is to close down the bar.” - Michael_Ceras_Pubes
“A few months ago, I was on a double and it was the slow part of the afternoon. I had an older couple, about grandparent age and heir tab was about $25 and they gave me two $20 bills. I went to get change, and they were already headed towards the door. I tried to give them the book back but they said they didn't need it. Surprised, I was like, ‘but you have $15 of change, that's a lot!’ The old man gently touched my shoulder, looked me in the eye, and said "don't you think you're worth it?’” - thatcarissa
Can someone hand over a tissue!? If you’ve ever worked in the restaurant business then you know that it’s people like this that keep you from flipping a table over.
“Pizza delivery boy here, so I serve with a car. My only mistake one night was on a double delivery, I made a wrong turn en route to my second delivery and ended up being 15 minutes late. After apologizing to the customer and driving back to work, my manager said they called and were mad about the ‘cold pizza’ and told me retrieve it. I already frustrated about being late so after I retrieved it and returning my tip, I sat in my car and dug in. Untouched calzone? Ate half. 8/10 hot wings? Ate 4. Supreme pizza? 2 slices. My manager later told me ‘those people ate more than they led me on to believe so we aren't serving them anymore.’ - Mister__Fahrenheit
“THEY BROUGHT IN A PENGUIN. A real life freaking PENGUIN! When I saw it in the reservation notes, I immediately wrote in that I wanted to work the party. Her name was Greenbean and she didn't like my glasses and wanted to eat my face. She was awesome.” helloimdrunk513
“Once a woman at the bar had apparently started new medication and got completely sloshed off of a half of a martini. She couldn't keep her head up at the bar any longer, and certainly couldn't walk to her car. Two people had to support her as she walked to the owner's car, who had to drive her home. All of the other customers were so ‘disgusted that the restaurant would let someone like that drive home,’ so we had to personally go to each table in the bar and explain that she was being driven home by the owner.”
Hey lady! Stay off the meds or stay off the booze!
“My worst experience, was when I served someone 1 drink, and he was apparently already hammered from somewhere else. I had no idea, he drank, paid, and left, without saying much of anything. A few minutes later, he was PEEING into the fountain in front of the restaurant, in full view of the outside diners. He kept trying to drive home. Another employee and I had to run outside in the middle of a snowstorm and chase him around the neighborhood trying to get him to relinquish his keys and get a cab, which we would pay for. It was freezing and miserable, and took 45 minutes to coerce him into a taxi.”
“When a pregnant lady asks to use the restroom to pee as you're locking up. You feel bad and let her in, but it turns out she's pregnant AND drunk, she can hardly walk on her own, and she vomits in the toilet for 20 minutes. You're about to enter into that area of time where only people on the liquor license are allowed in the building so you force her man to physically carry her out of the building.”
Did you call the police while you were at it? Yea, we would never forget this either.
“There was a very strange couple that were regulars at the restaurant that I worked at as a hostess. They were very much like stalkers to one particular server. They would always ask for her and stick around for hours. They asked her very personal questions and kept acting like they were best buddies with her. The only reason she put up with it for so long was because they would tip well. However, when she started dating someone, they demanded that they had to meet him. They would start calling the restaurant to try and figure out her schedule, which we could not give out. For a short time, she went to work at another restaurant and they followed her there! She would still take them for a short time, but would ignore them as often as she could. After all of this, she just wouldn't serve them anymore.”
“I once had a mother say, ‘You see my kids running up and down the stairs and the aisle? Can you tell them to stop?’ I wasn't even her server. DO YOUR OWN F*CKING PARENTING! Cause I don't have enough to do at the moment?? I enjoy my job and honestly like serving MOST people but I could not believe it when she asked me that.”
“I had a kid run up to me just the other day when I was working at round table. It grabbed my leg and tried to shimmy up it like a monkey on bath salts. The mother came over and ripped it off of me only to proclaim, ‘Don't you ever touch my child again or I'll call the police’. Lady, I swear to f*cking christ...
Lady, I don’t want to touch your child, believe me. Tell “it” to stay away.
“Dude, I wasn't even expecting it. It was a table of 6, that consisted of 3 older couples. They were really sweet and a lil tipsy after some Moscow mules and a couple rounds of vodka. All the guys in the group were super witty and we were just throwing jokes at each other all night. At the end of the dinner, one of the women insisted on paying the bill that they were initially going to split. So I run her card, come back with the black book and while I'm handing it to her, one of the guys at the table says ‘I heard she's a realllllllly good tipper.’ And I just laugh and tell them it was a pleasure serving them and to have a great night. She tipped $200.” -spoopypoopsalot
It may not be a big deal for you to leave a big tip, but to your server it means a lot.
“So, I've only just recently started in the restaurant business after being a retail slave for several years. The other day, as I was working, I made every possible mistake I could. I spilled several drinks on myself, broke three glasses and two plates, and began clearing tables before my customers had finished. Now, I rarely get emotional but all of these things slowly piled up, and I just lost it. I began crying, cleaning off tables. I just silently bawled my eyes out, avoiding eye contact with customers and other servers, hoping to get away to a bathroom to fix myself up. Before I could make it away, though, a couple stopped me. I gave them my best smile and asked what I could do for them. The husband hands me a $50 tip. I said, ‘Are you sure you have the right person?’ He said, ‘Yes, we saw you struggling and we know how hard this can get. Go clean yourself up and get back out there.’ - WOLfman2158
We need more people like them out there. Waiting tables is extremely difficult so please remember next time you are dining out, that even if your service is terrible, your waiter deserves a good tip!