Being a waiter or waitress can be a thankless and exhausting job. Long hours, bad tips, and rude customers can make the whole thing a pretty miserable experience. True, not all diners hurl abuse at their servers, but sometimes it's the smaller things customers do that waiters hate. It might even be something the patron thought was helpful, like stacking up the empty plates. Unfortunately, they probably didn't do it right, spelling even more work for whoever is clearing the table.
There are so many things customers do that waitresses hate. Think you might secretly be a bad diner? Keep reading, and you'll learn all the ways you're annoying your server. If you've ever worked in the restaurant industry, these stories will be both relatable and infuriating.
"DO NOT SNAP YOUR FINGERS AT ME OR WAVE OBNOXIOUSLY! I SEE YOU! I AM CLEARLY WITH ANOTHER GOD DAMN CUSTOMER WHO IS EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT AS YOU!
Whew. sorry about the outburst."
"Telling me your dietary restrictions AFTER you've ordered. The cook had already most likely made the item. We would have to make an entirely new order and my co-workers and managers would think it's my fault we have a wasted order because I forgot to mention a substitution. If you have restrictions or preferences please tell us before or while you're ordering."
"DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT REACH FOR YOUR DRINK WHILE IT IS ON MY TRAY, IN MY HAND. It will end up either all over me, you and the table if there's multiple other drinks on the tray. It's a balancing act. Chill, I'm here to take care of you. You can wait a second for your micro-brew lager."
"If I mess up your order don't call my manager, it's not cool to get me fired because your sandwich was missing mayonnaise. Instead you can tell me personally, and I'll make your sandwich free of charge and remake it for ya."