10 Things You Need To Understand About Restaurants

10 Things You Need To Understand About Restaurants

Eating out is fun, but remember, you are eating in someone else's house.
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Going out to eat is supposed to be an enjoyable experience, but sometimes the customers do not make it that way. Some people who have never worked in the restaurant biz do not understand how annoying and difficult their "small" requests can be or how rude their actions can truly be. There is a specific plan that has to be followed in order to make the guests and workers happy. The demands some guests have can simply disrupt the flow of things. When you go out to eat, just go with the flow and have patience!

1. The Hostess Stand

The hostess is there for a reason, it is the hostess’s job to greet you and seat you. So do not ignore the hostess and do not seat yourself when there is clearly a sign saying “Please Wait to be Seated!!!" Also, when you leave, do not ruin the hostess's smile. They meet, greet, and seat. They are not managers, so they're sorry if you didn't like your food or the server, but ranting to the host and being rude to the host isn't useful and is uncalled for.

2. Seating

The hostess does not seat you at random. Servers have certain sections and when the hostess seats you, it is because it is that servers turn. Some sections do not have a server yet because they don't come in for another twenty minutes. So when you walk in and pick your own seat, you are causing a server to lose money, cut their tables, and cause another server to possibly be overwhelmed.

3. Be Patient with your server.

Servers sometimes have a large group elsewhere in the restaurant or may have patio tables. Due to people changing their seats, some servers have tables spread across the entire place. They run back and forth, so do not freak out if your server took two minutes to greet you. You are not the only person in the restaurant.

4. Do not take things from other tables!

Do not steal items from other tables or at least let your server know! The tables are set up and when you steal a ketchup bottle from one table, then everything gets thrown off. Seriously, just wait until your server comes back, they will happily make sure your ketchup needs are taken care of. Or, at least replace the ketchup bottle after you use some.

5. Do not sit your dirty dishes on clean tables!!

Be patient, your server will be right with you. Do not dirty another table because we will have to clean it all over again and reset it. Also, the hostess has a floor plan showing all clean, empty tables. So when you put your dirty dishes on a clean, empty table, the hostess doesn’t know and will go seat someone at the table, only to be surprised with your half eaten bone-in wings.

6.The waitress’s and hostess’s do not make the prices.

No, we cannot discount anything. Steak is expensive, so is salad. Drinks are pricey too, so make sure you are willing to pay when you decide to eat out. We are sorry you ended up not liking the entrée you ordered, but we cannot not give it to you for free because you ended up not liking it. Stick with the chicken fingers and fries next time.

7. The kitchen is jammed packed.

The kitchen is super small, in most places, with tons of different orders and most of the time, there are only one or two cooks back there. So please remember this when you are at a sit-down restaurant, it may take a few minutes to get your food. Especially, when you order the House Burger but decide you want it custom made into something that we don’t even make, again, just stick with the chicken fingers.

8. Yes, order mix-ups happen.

When you are hungry and see your food coming, it is disappointing when it turns out to be wrong, but please be patient. There are other orders back in the kitchen, it either got mixed up or the order was read wrong. Do not be rude to your server for a mistake that has no one to point the blame at. Especially if you ordered a custom-made item, something is bound to get mixed up or messed up. Just pick it off. However, if you have allergies or are allergic, please tell your server ahead of time!

9. Tips.

Seriously. How long has it been since tipping your server been the norm? Tipping isn’t an option. You just had a server try to please your every outrageous demand, and you leave nothing or close to it? Shame. Even if the service was slower or didn’t kiss your butt playing pretend doesn’t mean they don’t deserve payment for their service. The have more tables to deal with than just yours, so give your server a break.

10. Respect.

Please treat the restaurant as if it was your home. Flush the toilets, pick up your toddler’s fries off the floor, and don’t color on the walls. It's common sense, people. Don’t trash the place. It is not hard to pick up after yourself if you make a major mess. Servers should only have to clean up your plates and drinks, not half eaten food that you drop on the floor or food your kids spit back out on the table. Do not be gross, remember, you are in public and Facebook is sweet karma.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.

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I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.

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I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!

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If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!

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One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.

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When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.

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For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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