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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Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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