Being A Waitress Isn't Easy, Let Me Tell You

Being A Waitress Isn't Easy, Let Me Tell You

Like most jobs, it's not a walk in the park. Waitresses have it good... until they don't.


We sit the customers; we get the customers drinks. Then, we get the customers orders and serve. Make the bill and hand it to them. Done, easy right? Not always. I love coming to work at Pizza Hut. I get to work while I socialize with people and I love it. As much as I like my job, I also have some things I don't necessarily like doing my job.

The first thing that annoys me as a waitress, is how inaccurate the days are. I never know how stressful my day is going to be, I don't know how many people will want to come in an eat. Meaning that, no matter what day it is, I don't know how hectic it will be and I don't know how much money I'll make. Usually, the weekends (including Fridays) are good and Wednesday night's buffet is good, but the rest is a big toss up.

You would think that Mondays would be slow, which most of the time they are, however, there are still some Mondays that I would handle seven tables at once with no let-up. I can't even predict a day because if us waitresses were to predict, it would backfire on us and it would be the opposite of what was said. Talk about rough.

Next, we have the salad bar. On top of everything we have to do for our tables we also have to tend to our salad bar. It's a pain to keep up with, especially when it's busy because to fill it we would have to go to the cooler, grab the extra crocks, fill the crocks, bring all the crocks up the salad bar and fill them. To fill them we have to individually take out the old crocks and put the older salad ingredients on top of the newer ingredients. We have to fill it a certain amount full and the extra product would have to go back to the cooler and wrap it for later, which is more work.

Normally on the busy days, the manager would help us out, and on other days, there are extras made already in the cooler so it is a faster process for when it's busier. And if someone thinks anything is wrong with the salad bar, they will let their server know! I don't know why the customers assume that if they think their tomatoes are too sour that we absolutely have to know, but I would love it if I could just do my job and not be sidetracked and have to converse with the manager on how the tomatoes are sour to one person while others are eating them fine.

Oh! And if there is a crock completely out of product on the salad bar, the customers are going to get snippy.

They will tell every waitress in the place trying to get food out and expect them to just forget about the hot food and go fix the salad bar. I'm not saying that if a waitress where to listen to the complaint and take their food out that the salad bar customer would throw a tantrum, but they will expect it done right after and make sure to ask you again when you return.

Finally, we have the stiffers.

A stiff is people who come in, expect to have a good service, but do not tip when exiting. I absolutely hate these tables. Not only do I have to worry about the business, but I also have to worry about the tables that think a $4.25 hourly pay is just enough for a server.

I'm sorry, but no it's not.

That is not going to fill my car, sir. I'm not trying to stereotype, but sometimes you can definitely tell a paying table vs a stiffer, and believe me that that kind of table will stress a server out the whole service until the table leaves. Why? Because we don't want to serve a stiffer our best service, it's not worth it! There are even some regulars that come to pizza hut and hardly tip and believe me, the servers do not do perform to their fullest potential.

Can you blame us though? Why work hard for no money?

As much as these things annoy the crap out of me, I love my job. I get to go to work, socialize with people, and give them food, food always makes me happy. I like the environment and more importantly the people I work with. That's what makes the job so much fun.

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8 Things To Know About The 911 Dispatcher In Your Life

In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week


For the first 18 years of my life, all I knew about 911 dispatchers was that they were the voice that came after the tone, from inside the pager on my dad's hip. The voice telling him where to go and for what. I had no idea after I turned 19 that I would soon become one of those voices. National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week this year is the week of April 14th-20th. I felt it appropriate to write my article this week focused on that, considering it is such a huge part of my life. For the rest of the world, it is just another week. For us, this is the one week out of the whole year that the focus is on the dispatcher, the one week where we don't feel so self-absorbed about saying what we do is nothing short of heroic. Here are some important things to know about the 911 dispatcher in your life.

1. We worry about you constantly

My biggest fear in this job is picking up the phone and hearing my loved one on the other end. No matter what the circumstance. The map zooms to the area of the county where my family and I reside, and my heart always sinks. I get a giant pit in my stomach because the very real reality is it may be someone I know and love. Don't be annoyed when we call you twice in one day or overly remind you to be safe. We are just always worried about our loved ones.

2. Our attention spans can be short

We are trained to get the pertinent information and details all within a matter of seconds. I can't speak for everyone on this, but I struggle a lot with paying attention when someone is talking to me, please forgive me if it feels as though I've stopped listening after a few minutes. I probably have. I've noticed that I listen very intently to the first couple minutes of a conversation and then my mind trails off. Nothing personal, just habit.

3. We have great hearing and multitasking skills

Most of us anyways. We can hear the person on the phone, the officer on one radio channel and the firefighter on the other, all at once. I have found that this skill comes in handy when trying to eavesdrop, also not as handy when you go out to dinner and can hear all five conversations going on around you. I have yet to master shutting that off when I am not at work.

4. We are hilarious

It could be a combination of using humor to deal with bad situations and spending twelve hours at a time in a little room together. But I think it’s that we are just freaking hilarious, nothing else to it. If you go the whole 12 hours without laughing, you're doing something wrong.

5. We have a very complicated love-hate relationship with our jobs

I love what I do, and I truly believe I was meant to put on that headset. Everything happens for a reason and my education plans out of high school didn't work out because I was supposed to be here doing this instead. I love what I do. I hate it sometimes too though. I remember specifically once taking a phone call about an hour before my shift was done. As soon as I got into my vehicle to go home, I bawled my eyes out and swore to myself that I was never stepping back into a comm center again. I hated my job with a burning passion that day. My next scheduled shift, I went back to work because I love it too. See, it doesn't even make sense it's just complicated.

6. We are tired

Believe it or not, this career can be incredibly exhausting. Someone once told me "You just sit at a desk for twelve hours, that can't be that hard." Physically that's right, we just sit there. Mentally and emotionally the first phone call of the shift can drain you and then you still have a little over 11 hours to go. I won't go into details on that but trust us when we say it was a bad call. We are tired. Some of my days off I just sleep all day not because I'm physically exhausted but because my mind needs that much time to recharge.

7. We are crazy

I really have nothing more to say other than no sane person would be a 911 dispatcher. We are all a little 10-96 in the best way possible.

8. We love harder than most

We love strangers we have never met, we love our officers that piss us off daily over the radio (we piss them off too) and we love our co-workers that drive us nuts sometimes. It takes someone incredibly strong to save a life through the phone and someone even stronger to go back after they didn't. With that strength comes a weakness of vulnerability, we know our hearts will break more often than others, and we still continue to put on that headset to help others. The people with the biggest hearts work in a dispatch center. If you are lucky enough to be loved by one don't take them for granted.

The list could go on and on. Dispatchers possess so many skills and qualities that most people will never acquire in their lifetime. People think 911 and picture the police officer, the firefighter, the paramedic often completely forgetting the 911 dispatcher. For us, that's okay because other than this one week out of the year, we don't expect praise or thank you. When it comes down to it, we love what we do and we would do it no matter what.

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Humans Of Orlando: Home Decor Master Ashlee Rosemeyer

An interview with a home decor businesswoman


There wouldn't be enough adjectives to describe Ashlee Rosemeyer but inventive is just a start. I first met Ashlee through work and got to experience her ambitious work ethic, generous personality and care through her passions. She mentioned she had a passion of starting a home decor business and then in weeks this passion became a reality. This businesswoman and friend sits down with me to discuss her creativity, advice on owning your own business, and her future plans.

AshsToAshs Mission Statement: Mosaic pots for people who love plants. Handcrafted and made-to-order using unique, colorful glass to bring light into daily life. Let love grow with a free packet of seeds accompanied with each pot.

Q: About Me: (Age, Hometown, If you're in school or major or whatever hobbies, aspirations)

I'm 22 years old. I was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I graduated from UCF in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice. My hobbies include crafting, specifically things that involve ceramics and mosaics. I love putting a unique twist on everyday objects. I aspire to continue to challenge myself and grow both personally and professionally.

Q: What profession are you in and whats your dream profession?

I currently have worked as a retail manager for the past four years. I do love expressing myself through style. However, my dream profession would be something related to my criminal justice degree.

Q: What got you passionate to become a business owner and create home decor?

I have a home of my own and absolutely fell in love with decorating it. The more I added in details, the more I thought of how cool it would be if I could add those special details into someone else's home and bring them that same joy.

I look up to Dazey LA. She's a female entrepreneur who specializes in ethically made products. I love how her brand is so personal to her and its bright, real and uplifting. Her clothing makes you feel empowered.

Q: What's the importance of creating a good environment for your home and does art help with that?

I believe that a good environment is vital in encoring a good mood and providing you with a space to grow. Art helps bring inspiration to everyday life. It inspires me to be my most creative self.

Q: What are your goals in 2019?

The main goal of 2019 is to grow AshsToAshs.

Q: What can you say to someone that wants to start their own business?

Just go for it.

Q: How has the social media platform change the way you're able to produce and be creative and reach people?

It helps you reach people that you wouldn't normally get to reach. It helps reinforce your brand and spread your message.

You can discover more of her beautiful handmade pots on her Instagram @_ashstoash_

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