This summer I decided to be proactive and get a second job to help support myself during the school year because lets face it, I'm a broke college student. This job landed me in a wonder place, a restaurant that I love. This is the second time I have worked a job interacting with and somehow serving people, in high school I worked at Osh Kosh B'gosh. Jobs like these are not all sunshine and roses. There have been multiple times I have been working and made extremely uncomfortable by customers. I am there to do my job so please stop. Please don't call me pretty. There is nothing worse than being hit on by a customer.
I have gotten it all from customers: babe, princess, beautiful, pretty, etc. Although there compliments are sometimes just in good nature I promise you they never really feel that good. I often laugh you off and smile, but really I am uncomfortable. I am just not allowed or supposed to express those feelings, remember I am being paid to greet you with a smile, serve you, make small talk and make sure your experience is pleasant, please understand that and be respectful of it. I know you probably mean well but it's still an uncomfortable situation. I promise you that I will never ever go on a date with anyone who asks me out at work, so please do not ask me out or to set me up with your family member. I'll laugh and smile and you'll think it went well or I was amused but I promise I wasn't. Please also don't say things like "if I were your age I'd ask you out" that really well just creeps me out. I know you might be trying to make my day better and be a good person but if so say something else nice, ask how it's been all day at work, compliment my sneakers, or accessories, please don't just make a pass at me.
Working in retail and in a restaurant have given me great experience. It is a job I truly enjoy despite the few downfalls of doing such work. Next time you go into a restaurant or store please remember to be respectful. Remember that those who are working are paid to help you and be kind to you. Please do not confuse this with flirting or use it as an opportunity to flirt please just let the worker do their job.