13 Things You Find Annoying If You're A Restaurant Host

13 Things You Find Annoying If You're A Restaurant Host

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Working in a restaurant is hard. Not because the duties of the job are challenging, but because it never fails that customers love to make your job so damn difficult. As a host, you are the first person that a customer encounters when they enter your restaurant. And while servers definitely put up with a customer's pettiness much longer than the host does, it doesn't mean that the customer isn't afraid to give the host a little bit of hell. Here is a list of the 13 things that restaurant hosts find the most annoying about their customers and servers.

1. When people don't speak to you.

It never fails that after I give my fake peppy greeting, customers will stare at you just like this and hold up the number of fingers of their party. Are you okay? Are you about to have a stroke? If not, at least have the decency to tell me that you have a party of two with your words.

2. When people seat themselves.

Um, excuse me? Yup, that's me standing here who you completely ignored and sat yourself. Although I'm gorgeous, they don't pay me to stand here and look pretty. So get up and I'll seat you at a table in a zone that actually has a present server.

3. "Can we get a booth?"

It is the five dreaded words every host cringes when they hear them. We hear at least a hundred times a day. WHY DO Y'ALL LIKE BOOTHS SO MUCH? I have 60 tables and only 30 of them are booths. No. The answer is no. You're only going to be here for an hour at the most so sit where I goddamn seat you!

4. When people ask to move seats

"Can we move to that booth over there?" Sure Goldilocks, let me take you on an entire tour of the freaking restaurant until you find the table that is just right for you. Sit down and shut up.

5. When people get mad at you over the wait times

"What do you mean there's a wait?!" Look! Look at all of these people who decided to come here to eat tonight! He's on wait, she's on a wait, so can I get your name so I can put you on my wait list?

6. When people assume I'm the manager

Don't let my headset and the fact that I'm standing in front of the door fool you. No, I am not the manager and no, I do not care about your petty complaints. Have a nice day!

7. When people tell you where they want to sit

"Can we have a booth by the window?" cAn wE hAvE A bOoTh bY tHe wInDoW? No. All of our booths are on the inner isles. Sorry about your luck.

8. When people sit forever at tables

You've been sitting at your table for two and half hours even though your bill is already paid for. Meanwhile, I have a ton of people waiting for you to leave so I can seat them. GO HOME!

9. Horrible people in general

The worst kind of people. The woman who had a bad day at her job and takes it out on you. Or the guy who is just a flat out horrible, miserable person. Your life sucks, I get it. But it's not my problem so don't put me down to make yourself feel better.

10. When servers don't clean their tables

Servers get busy, I totally understand. And not all restaurants have bussers, therefore hosts and servers are responsible for cleaning tables. When we're at our peak rush of the night, I understand that a server may not have time to bus their tables, keep up with their guests, and run food. But if we are completely dead and your only two tables are eating their food, CLEAN YOUR TABLES.

11. When people don't answer their pagers/ phones when their table is ready

We give you pager or ask for your cell phone number for a reason. It makes all of our lives easier if I just push a button to notify you when your table is ready. But no, now I have to hunt you, Mr. Oblivious, and scream your name inside and outside the restaurant like a freaking lunatic. You made me do this.

12. When parties ask to split up

"Can we have our kids sit at this table and we'll sit over here?" Do you really hate being around your kids so much that you're requesting different tables? Sit together or call a babysitter if you want to go out to eat without your kids.

13. When a gigantic party comes in without calling ahead

You and thirty other people decided to all get together and eat here tonight and you think you can just stroll on in? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! I don't even know thirty people let alone can get them all to go to the same damn restaurant. Cook! Cater! Or at least CALL AHEAD!

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My first adventure led me to Vermont and Boston where I made up a nice game for the solo shopper.


Coming from Wyoming I have become an avid people watcher. Maybe it's the stark difference in location and upbringing, or maybe it's the fact that the population of Wyoming is around 600,000. Whatever the reason may be, I have become rather fascinated with the world around me.

On my arrival to University of Vermont, one thing caught my attention. As I walked down the red brick streets of church street. I saw a huge variety of clothes, trends, and styles. Vermont seemed to be the place where trendy outdoorsmen mesh with preppy hipsters, and come together to rejoice in their shared love for craft cider, carhart beanies, and red flannels. These trends seemed to be similar is some aspects to the fashion trends of the greater Philadelphia region, but also quite different. This was surprising to me because, thanks to my Wyoming upbringing, I assumed most people on the East would be clad in a vineyard vines button up and a Patagonia vest. It's nice to be wrong sometimes!

After bouncing around Vermont for the week, I headed to Boston. A city that I love, but don't know much about. Again, to my surprise, I found a rich Varity of styles, trends, and fashions. One that I was most interested by was the new(er) age street fashion. It was everywhere. From Moms in camo to high schoolers in denim overalls, it was there. As I took a stroll down Newbury street I got a clearer and clearer sense of many of the current trends, and since I had a full day by myself I thought I would create a little game.

Stop Shop and Go: How to have fun on your own. Obviously, I was going to need some guidelines and rules for my game. So here they are. First, the goal of the game is to create an outfit that embodies whatever area you are in. Second, the aim is not to spend an outrageous amount of money, so you can only purchase one item for each store you go into. Lastly, if you go into a store you have to purchase and item, so choose wisely.

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Store one: Zara

Item purchased: white joggers

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Store two: Forever 21

Item purchased: Fluffy green zip up

Why?: at this point in the game I decided to get a little creative. To spice things up I texted a group chat of friends asking them to give me a random color. I gave no reason for the color, only that I was in need of one. The color I got? Peridot green. After a quick google search to know exactly what color I was looking for I was on my way.

Store three: Brandy Melville

Item purchased: cream t-shirt and (whoops) green and navy jacket

Why?: With my white joggers and green zip up in mind I knew I wanted to have a cohesive, crisp, and fun outfit. The cream t-shirt had just enough color to add dimension to the white joggers, and the green and navy added a necessary pop of color.

Store four (the crown of the outfit): Sneaker Junkies

Item Purchased: beige and blue Adidas

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The End:

All and all the game and adventure proved to be a success. Getting to explore and understand Boston more only grew the love I already had for the city. I also got the chance to meet and talk to other lovers of fashion which is always exciting. Fall break proved to be a successful and necessary adventure, and reminded me that exploring, learning, and meeting new people is still my favorite pass time.

Until next time,

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