7 Things Restaurant Workers Are Tired Of Hearing

7 Things Restaurant Workers Are Tired Of Hearing

“Can I talk to your manager please?”

I love working in the food industry but some days, people just act up. People just say the darnedest things when they're hungry.

1. “Alright, Stay with me now…”

Sir, you're about to tell me what you want for lunch, rest assured I will be able to keep up with what you are saying. There’s no need for you to act like you're handing over national secrets or anything serious.

2. “I’m in a hurry, can you make sure I get my food quickly?”

I’m sorry but if you decided to come into a place that is typically popping for lunch -- and you see that the whole restaurant is full, don’t ask me that. Use your common sense and make a deduction about whether or not you have time to wait. I’m not a wizard; I’m only here to take your order.

3. “Can I talk to your manager please?”

This is typically said with copious amounts of sass and usually after something minuscule has happened. But yeah, sure, I’ll get my manager. I’m sure they’ll love to hear about how you’ve been personally victimized by the fact that your food took too long to come out of the kitchen. I’m sure those ten minutes were very rough. Once you make your way back to your table, happy with yourself, my manager will return to his office like nothing even happened, obviously without reprimanding any of the employees.

4. “Um, I’m sorry, but this wasn't supposed to have this on it.”

Okay, well, I know that I put your order in right and again, if it’s a busy time during the day, relax, something probably just got mixed up in the kitchen. However, having me bring your plate back into the kitchen and forcing them to remake food that you’ve pretty much already finished isn't cool.

5. “Could you clean off the floor by our table? It’s a mess.”

Oh yes, let me just do that for you really quick. You are my top priority. I’m so sorry that the few crumbs on the floor almost ruined your dining experience.

6. “Okay, and he/she wants…”

Nothing bothers me more when children go up to the cash register and stand there when their parents order for them. It makes sense when they’re children but if you are over the age of, I don’t know, 13, you can speak up and tell me what you want to eat.

7. “Hey, yeah, I have an order to pick up.”

Oh yes, let me just magically guess your name and order. There are about 20 other bags behind me but sure look at me like I’m an idiot when I have to ask for your name.

And, last but definitely not least, people who don’t tip. Don’t be that person; no one likes that person. Just do it. Even if you just put down a dollar it’s better than nothing. Working with food might be stressful at times, but all in all it’s a fun experience, because if anything the people that come in will always offer savage entertainment.

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15 Things You've Heard As An Ice Cream Scooper

And the responses you wish you could have said...

As many of you know, being a customer service employee can be exhausting. Sure, you may like working with people, but there's no doubt that you reach your limit here and there. Ice cream scoopers are a very specialized group of customer service employees who deal with people in their most vulnerable state: when they are craving sweets. If you've ever worked in an ice cream shop, here is a list of things you've definitely heard from customers, with responses of what you probably wish you could have said.

1. "I want cookie dough."

OK, seriously? "Cookie dough" is all you're giving me? Now I have to ask you a million questions about what size, what kind of cone, what type of toppings, etc. I know you may think I read minds, but I swear I don't.

2. "Just give me the regular cone. You know, the normal one."

Well, we offer three different kinds of cones. What's normal to me may not be normal to you. Chances are I'll scoop your ice cream into a sugar cone and then you'll look at me like I have ten heads because you expected a wafer cone *sigh*

3. "Can I try the vanilla?"

Are you kidding me?! I'm not sure if this is because you've never had vanilla before or if it's because you have a very critical opinion of vanilla ice cream, but either way... I suggest you take it down a notch. Your only excuse is if you're four years old.

4. "I promise, this is my last taste."

Is it, though?

5. "Oh wait, actually, THIS is my last one."

Yeah, that's what I thought.

6. "After all of these tastes, I won't have enough room to actually order a cone of ice cream!!!"

Extra points if you and your friends all laugh at the joke you just made.

7. "Is that one good?"

Honestly, does my opinion of ice cream really matter to you? Obviously, I'm going to say I like it, because I work here and it's ice cream, so yeah, it's good. What am I supposed to say? Should I tell you that I actually find that flavor repulsive and that it sort of tastes like soap? Probably not.

8. "Which flavor's your favorite?"

Let's be honest, there's a very high chance that our taste in ice cream is completely opposite altogether. So, when I say that the peanut butter chocolate is my favorite flavor, you'll probably smile and nod politely, and then order mint chocolate chip. Awkward.

9. "Just surprise me!"

No, no, no. Please do not put your ice cream order in my hands, that's way too much pressure. Also, I'm a terrible decision maker.

10. "Do you have chocolate ice cream?"

Nope! *Sarcasm*

11. "Which flavors are gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free, and dairy-free???"

Why did you even enter this ice cream shop? Don't get me wrong, I'm sympathetic to allergies and sensitivities, but I have a feeling you're just being obnoxious.

12. "I bet your right arm gets pretty muscular, huh?"

Ha. Ha. Haven't heard that one before! Are you going to make the Popeye joke next?

13. "Could you just add some hot fudge on top of that for me?"

Listen carefully. If you ordered a kiddie size ice cream in a cup, and the ice cream fills the cup completely, where would there be room for the hot fudge? The answer is nowhere. I then have to transfer your ice cream into a larger cup that leaves room for the fudge, which easily could have been avoided if you had simply warned me of your fudge desires beforehand.

14. "It costs HOW MUCH?! I remember when a cone of ice cream was 50 cents!"

I don't make the prices. I, too, would love if an ice cream cone still cost 50 cents, but the unfortunate truth is that it does not, nor will it ever again.

15. "Oh, my gosh! I don't know how you work here and stay so thin! I would eat everything in the store!"

Oh don't worry, I DO eat everything in the store.

If you've ever said any of these things to an ice cream scooper, they probably made a joke about you to their coworker when you weren't looking. But it's okay, they immediately praised afterward as long as you tipped well. Ice cream scoopers are nice in nature, I swear. And they don't hold grudges!

Happy scooping!

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