11 Reasons Your Host Hates You

11 Reasons Your Host Hates You

Some of the many struggles of being in the restaurant business.
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The restaurant business is intense, and at times, just flat-out infuriating. You really begin to experience the fact that many people have forgotten their restaurant etiquette. However, the pleasant customers are the ones that make the world go 'round (if you are one of these people, I genuinely thank you). If you find yourself doing any of these things on this list at a restaurant, there is a 200 percent chance that your host hates you.


1. You start firing off your high-maintenance demands the second your feet walk through the door..

Stop, take a deep breath, count to 10, and calmly tell the host what you want. It's that simple!


2. You don't know how many people are in your party.

There's this awesome invention called a cell phone, which is a great tool that will let you contact the people you made the plans with!


3. You change the number of people in your reservation after you show up.

Yes, it is actually a HUGE pain to put together "a few more tables" to change your party of seven to a party of 15. Sometimes we don't even have tables to spare!


4. You start ordering the second they seat you, even though it's clear that they are not your server.

The host does not double as your server. Hence the phrase "_____ will be right with you to take your order."


5. When they answer to-go calls, you make the person list off the entire menu....



Not only does that waste five minutes of both of our lives, but there is a menu on the website for a reason.... use it.


6. You seat yourself.

That's a big no no. The hosts are there to greet and seat you, so let them do their jobs. Not only that, but empty tables are not an open invitation to find yourself a table. Please have the decency to politely ask for that booth seat you have your eye on.


7. You let your children run around the restaurant like bats out of hell.


Yes, your child is adorable. However, when he/she is wiping their greasy claws all over our windows and going on a wild rampage throughout the restaurant... not so adorable anymore!


8. You deny the seat you are given not once, but three times.

Asking for a different table is a different story, but denying every table you're given is extremely frustrating to say the least. For the love of God, just sit down.


9. You make unnecessarily rude comments when there is a wait time.

Being rude to your host does not do anything but make them not want to help you. There is no telling when a table might be done, because people tend to linger for hours after their meal. Believe it or not, the hosts do not control the wait time, and therefore do not have the ability to kick people out of the restaurant to fit your schedule. Shocking, right?


10. Just because there is a table that appears to be open, does not mean that the table is for you.

Don't throw a fit when you see a table open even though you have to wait a few moments before you get seated. There could be people in front of you, or that table could be for people that took the liberty of calling ahead (that's a hint for those of you that need to be seated the second you walk through the door).


11. You walk in with a party of 12 on a Friday or Saturday night without calling ahead.

For some reason, patrons think that the hosts have some psychic ability to sense when a large party is coming through the doors, and that they reserve tables for those occasions. Unfortunately, that's not how it works, so do yourself a favor and call ahead.

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When the first 50 Shades of Grey book was released in 2011, I wasn't allowed to read it. My oldest sister and even my grandmother read it before I did. When I finally got around to reading it, the film was in the works, and I knew I needed to read it before it hit theaters. Let me just say this: I was not impressed.

The plot was awful. The writing was awful. Everything about it was awful. I hated how quick everything seemed to progress, from Ana first meeting Christian to their first time having sex. I hated Ana's character, her personality, her thought process- really, just her.

The idea that a god-like creature such as Christian Grey himself could fall for the blandest and most average looking woman, Anastasia Steele, was just mind-blowing. It was almost as painful as Bella from Twilight landing the vampire-equivalent of Christian Grey, with all that unnecessary teen-angst thrown in.

Then there's the sex. As erotic and sensual as it may seem, most of it sounded painful, impractical, and almost unnecessary. Jump forward to the second and third installments, 50 Shades Darker and 50 Shades Freed, and it's the same thing over and over again.

Christian and Ana need to seek marriage counseling and therapy immediately. From the very beginning of their relationship and sex contract to their marriage, Christian is nothing but a controlling and possessive sex freak. At first, readers and viewers alike are somewhat overwhelmed by Christian's ways. With the contract that he encourages Ana to sign which makes her his sex slave (or his submissive), to freezing Ana's employer's bank accounts to prevent her from going on a business trip, to his argument about Ana going out for a drink with her best friend, Christian has taken the concept of being a control freak to a new level.

The only way to fix all of their problems and resolve their arguments is with sex, of course, because no good ever came from sitting down and talking it out. As fun as it may seem to screw until you're no longer upset at one another, it does not fix the underlying issues. Anytime Ana and Christian have an argument or a disagreement or are even involved in a car chase, they have sex. Never soft, sweet, passionate sex. It's always insanely hardcore and never seems practical.

Multiple articles have discussed the verbiage that E.L. James used, such as using the word "there" to describe the location where Ana felt her sensations and the language that Christian used to speak to Ana. Some articles have gone so far as to compare Mr. Grey to a serial killer ( here and here ). I didn't come across anything remotely romantic or passionate that wasn't so heavily burdened by his dark, twisted, and often ominous tone.

Those that skipped reading the books and went straight to the films only saw the so-called steamy sex scenes filled with Anastasia's breathy calling of Christian's name. They were able to look past E.L. James' poor writing style and lack of character development, while those of us that suffered through all three books cannot forget the abomination of a "modern-day romance" full of BDSM that is the 50 Shades of Grey franchise. What a tragedy.

"Laters, baby."

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