It seemed like every table I had tonight wanted to camp. People wanted their meal in a hurry then proceeded to eat it a snail’s pace. Other people ordered cold desserts then when it was ready asked if I could keep it refrigerated while they go out for a smoke.
Another table of two women or should I say students left me a $5 tip on a $95 dollar bill.
A table of 7 women wanted separate bills then they camped for a while after paying.
It wasn’t a busy Friday night. I only did 23 people and they were pretty much all cheap. I did my best. I made a $108 take home in tips but it was a battle out there just to do that.
It seemed like a lot of people tonight wanted to put the bread plate on the main course plate thereby screwing up how I collect all the plates on clearing. They also when doing that have the forks and knives all helter skelter hanging off the sides of the plate. Don’t try to help , just be patient and I will clear everything. I have to tell people just leave it alone. Sometimes I think that maybe because they think they helped me clear the table they can tip less. I don’t know.
Then I have people ordering for other people tonight so you have to ask them to be sure , is that for her or for you? Then when you ask him what temperature she likes the meat done he doesn’t know so he has to ask her and she doesn’t know. She is not even sure she wants to eat what he is ordering now. Finally there is a big decision then he orders for himself and she says I thought you were ordering the other feature or whatever. At this point I just want to walk away!
There are 3 things I am not crazy about that all happened tonight.
1. People who say they are in a hurry and take all night to eat or just people who take up space far too long. They are campers.
2. People who start piling up empty plates on top of others because they think they are helping you , making it impossible to clear the table in one swoop.
3. People who order for other people who really don’t know what that person wants , creating huge time consuming discussions. It is like taking an order through a translator for pete’s sake.
Tell me , what things really aggravated you this past week at service?