I Don't Work At A Restaurant Because It's Easy But I Do Enjoy The Perks Of Free Food

I Don't Work At A Restaurant Because It's Easy But I Do Enjoy The Perks Of Free Food

Working in a restaurant is a lot harder than you think
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We've all been out to eat before, and we've all experienced the annoyance of having terrible service, food, or time in general. Working at a restaurant might seem like one of the easiest jobs you can have. I mean, how hard could it possibly be to take orders and serve food?

However, there's quite a bit that goes unseen behind the scenes. It's one of the best jobs you can have, but dealing with customers is not always the best. There are just some things that you learn and experience from this job that is different from any other workplace.

It's super fast-paced.

When going to eat a restaurant, you might be a little annoyed if it takes too much time for your food to come out or your drink to be refilled. Now, think of how much running around your server is doing. You aren't their only table, they're dealing with several parties like your own.

Servers are always running around making sure every glass is filled and order is sent to the kitchen while checking in on you and your needs. Waiting for all of your food to come at once and serving you with the proper etiquette so your dining experience will be fantastic. It's a lot of running around and being alert to when people need something or someone arrives.

You will be all over the place, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes and don't slip in the kitchen.

Everything is teamwork based

You're surrounded by people who each have a certain job to make sure customers meal is executed perfectly. Without the host, busser, kitchen staff or bartender, a server would be unable to give good service.

Everything is done to make sure everyone is helped up to standards, which can require needed help from your co-workers to get everything out and ready like it supposed to. Not to mention, some of the conversations you'll have if it's a slow day or in the kitchen during working hours will be quite entertaining.

Your co-workers know the struggle of working with people and food just as much as you do. You will probably forget the ingredients of some dish or what the daily specials are but your co-workers are always available to remind you.

You're working for that tip

In a restaurant, the tip you leave on the check is what the server is being paid. That's how they make their money. So, it's important to be respectful and note that just because your food isn't amazing, IT ISN'T YOUR SERVERS FAULT. They are going above and beyond to get the desired tip, it's the main incentive behind every table.

The bigger the party, the bigger the tip. The more expensive the food, the more money in your pocket. We will probably try to convince you slyly to order the prime rib or add a dessert, but we also don't want to come off too pushy.

If you have a problem with your meal or the restaurant, we want to make sure it's solved, but that is our manager's job.

Every day is a new day

It's hard to predict when it's a good day to work in a restaurant. There are some points in the day that are destined to be slow, and you just can't predict when it will be. The weather, time of year, the day of the week, and time of day are all factors that contribute to how much money you're going to make, it's all a gamble. Not every day is a good day for the general public to want to go out and eat, sometimes a night at home is preferred.

Your meal experience is important to us

We like and know how to interact with people. It's our job to know what customers want. We want to provide you with good service and a good experience, so don't be too hard on your server.

There are more factors then you know going into the execution of your meal. Working in a restaurant allows you to be exposed to many different types of people and gain skills that you can apply in different areas of work.

Not to mention, the free food during a break or after your shift is a huge perk for all of us.


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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.

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The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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