How To Be The Perfect Diner
edited: Monday, October 28, 2002
By Dorothy Thompson
Posted: Monday, October 28, 2002
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An irate waitress gives tips on how to be the perfect diner.
Attention Ladies and Gentlemen, Children, and Others:
I am your server. I am paid to tend to your every wish, get your meal to you on time, and clean up after you. I am paid below minimum wage, but your tips help me pay for my brand new car outside. I have a family to feed and depend on you to help with that.
I am courteous, friendly, and go that one more step above and beyond to make your dining experience a happy one. I enjoy my job, meeting new people and having a roof over my head.
There are only a few rules I ask you to go by:
1. When you come into the restaurant, abide by the sign at the door that says, “Wait to be seated.” It’s very hard for me to find you if you have seated yourself. Do not be rude when I finally come to you.
2. I know you are hungry or have driven long distances, but please do not shout at me.
3. When I take your order, please do not stare out the window, talk about the latest party at Ralph’s to your partner, or ignore me.
4. Do not expect me to know what you want. I am not you. I do not have the same taste buds as you.
5. Please refrain from calling me, “Hey You!” I have a name as my name tag clearly points that out for a reason.
6. Do not yell at me if it is the kitchen’s fault they lost your ticket. I can’t be everywhere at one time.
7. Do not blame me if there is hair in your food. It is not mine. Honest.
8. Do not allow your kids to take the straw wrappers and make spit-balls out of them.
9. Do not allow your kids to run around the restaurant, jump up and down in the seats, and make loud farting noises with their armpits.
10. Do not bring a sleepy, tired, cranky, well… you get the picture, child in the restaurant because you couldn’t find a sitter.
11. Do not bring your child.
12. If I am very busy, please don’t annoy me with your pleading for refills. I will get to them when I have time.
13. Do not call me from across the dining room if I am waiting on another table. I have special talents that you wouldn’t want to find out.
14. Don’t try to talk to me if another server has emotional problems and needs my shoulder to cry on. This could get ugly.
15. Do not make me do a million things for you and tip only a dollar. Or nothing. I will follow you out of the restaurant and write your license plate down. I have friends in the Mafia.
16. Do not call the 800 number on me. I will swear it wasn’t me.
17. When it is time to leave, tell me how much you enjoyed my service and will ask for me next time. This will save you from buying new tires after you leave the restaurant.
18. Don’t take me personal when I say, “Have a nice day.”
© Dorothy Thompson 2002
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|Reviewed by Debra Conklin
|One of my closest friends was a waitress, she loved it (when it was a night with really good tips). But, I'll be sure to be seated by another waitress, when I'm in your restaurant, I'd be the customer you call the Mafia on. I have a child and his father has taught him how to make the spitballs and my father in law is notorious for yelling "Waitress!" from across the room. And refills, my daughter likes holding her cup out as the waitress passes by.
|Reviewed by Randi
|this is so true|
|Reviewed by Ellen DuBois (Reader)
|As a former waitress, boy can I relate! Funny stuff & very creative!
|Reviewed by Darlene Caban
|I'd rather eat in a room with 25 smokers than a room with 5 kids!|
|Reviewed by Irate Diner
|"Do not bring your child?" "Don't annoy me woth your pleading for refills."?? "Don't talk to me if another server has emotional problems and needs my shoulder to cry on."??
K, I got it. This is tongue in cheek. Humor. Gotta be. Either that, or you're the surly server who waited on me last week.
|Reviewed by Cynthia Borris
Nice to cross paths again. What a treat! I was a waitress once and I know the feeling!
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|i'm not a waitress, but my twin sister occasionally does...wears herself out, giving the best she can, and some people treat her like she's doing them a favor, and then they don't leave a tip? you gotta earn your tip...no service, no tip. a lot of service...be kind! she's working for less than minimum wage...she ain't livin' in no condo and driving a cadillac (she can't even drive a roller skate! she doesn't have a car!). GREAT WRITE! love, karen lynn from texas. i roll their silverware...if you don't tip them, they can't tip me! :)|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|WHOOOOO-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! how MANY times i've wanted to say something to the guest who's been acting less guestlike...but have had to biiittteee offfff my toooongueeee...arrrrggggghhhhhh. i will do the best i can. treat me as a human. do not belittle me because i'm having to work for a living, cleaning up after your messes...putting up with no tip after i've busted my yo to ensure you had the best service...having to listen to you yell at me and making me feel worthless...THANK YOU for speaking for us tired, frustrated servers! :) (((HUGS))) and love, karla. :)|
|Reviewed by Janet Caldwell
|LOL, this is great! Love, JC xoxoxo|