11 Things Every Terrible Restaurant Guest Does That Guarantees Them Bad Service

11 Things Every Terrible Restaurant Guest Does That Guarantees them Bad Service

Restaurant staff are there to serve you, but they are not your servants.

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I'm sure it's common knowledge that there is a laundry list of customer behaviors that get underneath servers' skin. What you might not know is that restaurant staff often intentionally throw the book on customer service out the window and put up two invisible middle fingers. Here are 11 things you do that cause restaurant staff to not give a fuck about you or your order.

1. Show up 10 minutes before the restaurant closes.

Cooks start their cleaning procedures up to 30 minutes before the restaurant closes. Ten minutes before the doors close, they are no longer set up to prepare appetizers and entrees, as most of the patrons have already eaten their meals and are onto desserts and their lasts drinks. Preparing your meal when you've walked in at the last second means they have to dirty things they've already cleaned (or sent to the dish room) and pull things they have already packed up out of the coolers. Don't be surprised if your order comes out half-assed (because it probably was), missing garnish or takes an unusual amount of time (because chances are they are going to make you wait until they finish cleaning what they are cleaning before they get to it. )

2. Order after closing time.

Per the last point. If the restaurant closes at 10pm, the kitchen has their equipment turned off at 10:01pm. When you try and place an order at 10:15pm, even if you were already in the restaurant before it closed, be prepared to get turned down. Most, if not all, of the equipment has already been shut down. Don't expect the cooks to spend time re-heating all of their equipment just to make your single order.

Aside from that, it's just plain rude. Closing time is closing time for a reason. The staff wants to go home and you're standing in their way.

3. Ask for a laundry list of modifications.

Not only does it take too much time, especially during busy hours, but you mess up the flow of the kitchen. Asking to forgo the sauce and veggies that already comes on the salmon because you instead want roasted tomatoes, asparagus and lemon is a "d-bag" move. It usually means someone has to stop what they are doing to run to the cooler to find these ingredients because since they don't normally come with the meal, they aren't ready at the cooks disposal. And no cook wants to run back and forth to the cooler when they have things on the grill, a full screen of tickets in front of them and servers continuously asking, "how long on the fried rice?!"

Don't be surprised if the cook simply says they won't do it or if it doesn't come out the way you envisioned because they just threw it together. Also, now your server hates you for making them slump to the kitchen to explain your dish to a cook who probably "Gordon-Ramsey'd" them for allowing you to make that crazy order in the first place.

4. Order things that are not on the menu.

Again, this ties into the last point. If it's not on the menu, chances are the cooks aren't set up for it.

Be prepared for whatever you ordered to come out any sorta way...

5. Change seats without talking to the server or host first.

Hosts seat you based on A) areas with an assigned server and B) evenly distributing guests between servers so that one isn't overloaded. That being said, when you get up and change your seat by yourself, you may be sitting where there isn't a server assigned. Servers don't necessarily know which sections have servers and which don't (they just know where they are supposed to be) so understand why you may be feeling ignored. You aren't anyone priority because you aren't in anyone's section.

6. Show up with a large party without a reservation.

The purpose of a reservation is so that the waitstaff and kitchen are ready for your arrival. Reservations give the staff time to clear out a section of the restaurant (or avoid seating people there) and have your table set before you walk in. It also allows the kitchen time to prep extra ingredients for that day. When you show up unannounced with a party of 20 people, not only do they have to figure out where and how to seat you around all of the other patrons but, someone has to stop what they are doing (by neglecting other guests) to put together your table. So you're going to be stuck standing and waiting for 20 minutes while a ton of smaller parties get sat before you.

Then when you finally do order, the kitchen may not be stocked up on the plethora of ingredients that it takes you make your enormous order of appetizers and entrees, which means you deplete their supply and slow down tickets for all of the other guests.

Making reservations also allows management to schedule enough people for that time of day. There are few things worse for a cook than getting it with a ticket for 20 people shorty after their co-worker was just sent home for the day.

7. Pretend to have allergies because you don't like vegetables (or whatever).

Restaurants take allergies very seriously. The last thing they want to do is kill someone. One of the biggest allergies they hear is a "gluten allergy." Tons of people claim to gave a gluten allergy so much so that there is actually a "gluten free" button on most restaurant registers.

Too many guests lie and say they have a gluten allergy when really they just don't want bread. The issue is that gluten is in a ton of ingredients so cooks have to spend time making your dish with crazy substitutions when they really don't need to all because you called it an "allergy." And servers do know when you lie. That beer you just ordered is full of gluten, fyi.

Again, you've set yourself up for your dish not coming out the way you wanted it to, so don't complain now.

8. Changing/cancelling your order after it's already been rung in.

It annoys both the servers at the cooks who have often times already begun making your dish. In a rush, the cooks may then place your ticket at the bottom of the pile.

9. Sending your order back after you've eaten most of it.

They know you do this to get a free meal. Not only does it piss off the servers, but don't expect the cook to re-make your meal with love after you've already wasted their time, ingredients and possibly gotten them in trouble.

10. Not knowing what temperature you want your steak.

Medium-well done is not a thing. It makes no sense. There is literally 20 degrees difference between a medium steak and a well done steak. Pick one, or the cook will pick one for you.

11. Sexually harass the waitstaff.

You are probably thinking, that doesn't happen! It does. Kitchens and manager offices are often refuge to female servers who need to have a good cry after a male patrons cross the line.

Don't expect your new server or the manger who took over your table to go above and beyond for you.


Moral of the story. If you exibit d-bag tendencies, have a-million-and-one food allergies or a sense of entitlement, just stay home.

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Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

1. She's independent

A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

2. She doesn't care what you or anyone else thinks

Oh, you have a problem with me taking shots and having a good time? Well, get over it! Bartender, a shot with salt and a lime please!

3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

4. There is never a dull moment

Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

5. While everyone else is starting to get sleepy, she has all the energy

Like I said, tequila is an 'upper' so while the other girls at the bar are starting to feel groggy and sad, she's all over the place having fun and partying on the dancefloor.

6. She's stronger than the girl crying over a vodka cranberry at the bar.

Sad over a breakup? Don't go for the vodka... Tequila will make you feel better in no time! Plus you can challenge the hot guys at the bar to a shot taking contest.

7. Tequila is healthy for you

Tequila is a probiotic, so some tequila a day keeps the doctor away. Yay for shots!

8. She can hold her own when it comes to alcohol

Any girl who can shoot some shots at the bar all day and night can handle alcohol, which means she can handle herself too. You won't have to deal with her constant breakdowns and mood swings because she will be too busy ordering more shots.

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Welcome to Darty Season

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Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

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We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

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Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

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We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!

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