8 Things to Remember When You're Going Out to Eat
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8 Things to Remember When You're Going Out to Eat

To make your server's job just a little more enjoyable.

8 Things to Remember When You're Going Out to Eat

Working in a restaurant can be one of the best and worst learning experiences. Sure, it can be a pain having to deal with rude customers and a backed up kitchen. But after working in a restaurant, you understand the pain of your own server when you go out to eat -- you know what they must be going through, so you learn to be patient and compassionate. Here are eight things to remember to help make your server's day a little more enjoyable when you are out to eat.

  1. Clean up after your kids.
    You’re going to let your child throw food everywhere and then you're just going to leave it there? Your home must be a smelly mess if you're letting your infant do that out in public... Please, for your server's sake, for everyone's sake, clean up after your kids.
  2. If something goes wrong with your meal, it may not be the servers fault.
    Your server doesn’t make your food for you -- they simply grab it from the kitchen and bring it to your table. Your server's just as surprised as you are that your order didn't come out perfectly.

  3. The server will get to you as soon as they can.
    There are 100 other people in this restaurant -- try to understand that you’re not the only table your server is taking care of. They are trying their best!

  4. Don’t camp out.
    You finished your meal an hour ago… Why are you still sitting there? By you waiting at your table for that extra hour, your server could potentially lose a table, which would mean that they would lose that table's tip money.

  5. Be courteous.
    If I’m introducing myself and explaining something to your table, please don’t cut me off in the middle to take your drink order…it’s just rude.

  6. Don't nitpick every. Little. Thing.
    You’re out to have a nice dinner with company. If one thing goes wrong, don’t hold a grudge and also try to find something wrong with everything else. Enjoy your time out.

  7. This is how I make my money.
    “$3 for a tip! Golly gee willicker! I can go buy a pack of gum!” Meanwhile, I have a cellphone bill, a car payment, and college to pay for. Gee, thanks for the help...

  8. This job may seem easy, but at times it’s not.
    A server doesn’t just take orders- they are constantly multi-tasking and running around like a maniac in order to make sure that every table is happy.

Just try to keep these things in mind when you go out to eat- it’ll mean a lot to the server… more than you could imagine.

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