Once again I worked all weekend. Very exciting, right? But while I was working I was thinking of things that customers should never, ever do if they want their servers to like them. I mean, I know it's all about the servers getting the customers to like them so that the customers leave a good tip. But if you want to be a good customer, you should never do any of the following:
- Don't send the server running back and forth a million times. If you need ketchup, more napkins, a glass of water and sour cream ask for them all at the same time. You are most likely not the only customer the server has and while it's good exercise if the server is busy it's a huge time waster.
- Don't tip AFTER the coupon is taken off. Take a look at how much the bill was before the coupon and tip accordingly. The server brought out 4 plates of food and if the server did a good job they should get tipped for 4 plates of food.
- Don't add joiners halfway through your meal. Because honestly, it's like getting a whole new table for a server. If your friends decide to crash at least warn your server. They won't be happy if they've just been triple sat and then you add more people to the list.
- Don't sit on your phone. I get paid $2.33 an hour. The last thing I need is to wait for you to get off your phone. And it's even more rude for you to claim you're ready to order but you're so busy talking on you phone that you can't be bothered to answer the server's questions. We're trying to get you the meal you want after all.
- Don't take all day. Yes some menus are big. But if you're going to need more than a few minutes to decide what you want let the server know so they don't stop by your table 5 times before you're ready. Yet again, it's a huge time waster and when it's busy the server doesn't have that time to spare.
- Don't say you're in a hurry. If you're in a hurry, go to McDonalds. Otherwise you may have to be prepared to wait. It's like standing in line. You'll get to the front when you get there. No budging.
- Don't switch seats. The host put you where you are for a reason. Restaurants have seating charts. If you move tables you may be screwing over another server. And if for some reason you must at least ask someone who works there rather than picking a new table yourself.
- Don't let your children run around the restaurant. It's not a playground. And I will be frank: If I am carrying a huge tray of heavy plates and your child runs in front of me I will not see your child and will probably kick your child. And it will be your fault. They can run around at home. Not in the restaurant.
- Don't ask someone who isn't your server to get something for you. Unless it's slow. I'm busy getting things for my own tables, I don't have time to worry about someone else's tables too.
- Don't stiff. UNLESS the server has purposely done something wrong or purposefully been rude. Again, I'm getting paid way less than minimum wage. I live for this money. If it's busy, cut the server some slack. Be gracious.
It goes both ways.