Skip to comments.15 Secrets Your Waiter Will Never Tell You
Posted on 02/11/2011 7:18:48 AM PST by MissTed
What would two dozen servers from across the country tell you if they could get away with it? Well, for starters, when to go out, what not to order, what really happens behind the kitchens swinging doors, and what they think of you and your tips. Here, from a group that clears a median $8.01 an hour in wages and tips, a few revelations that arent on any menu.
What you should know on Valentine's Day 1. Make reservations early. Restaurants usually don't have an abundance of tables for two. We need to time to plan where to put everyone. You'll get a better table and we'll be prepared.
2. Don't propose. It's so cliché. But if you do, warn us first. We'll put you in the corner. Nothing's worse than a crying woman in the center of the restaurant. Trust me.
3. Since Valentine's Day is on a Monday this year, go out on Friday or Saturday. Most restaurants will also serve their special Valentine's Day menu on those days. Or go out for brunch! Then you can sleep the rest of the day.
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I’ve only done this once, but the service was so bad I actually left a one penny tip. I did it to drive home the point that I didn’t forget the tip, but the service sucked. Flame me if you will, but this guy was a REAL jerk and really didn’t even deserve the penny.
Well, I don't whistle, and I don't snap my fingers. But I like spicy food, and I do tend to drink a lot of water. I say "thank you" every time the waiter fills my glass. And if my glass stands empty for a prolonged time, or if I have to politely ask for a refill, this will always be reflected in the tip.
No wonder they are pissed. Looks like they picked lousy waiters from low class places.
I worked my way through college as a waiter at a nice upscale "continental Cuisine/French" restuarant and could go home with the months rent based on three nights work (Fri. thru Sunday).
I have had friends look at me in shock when I have told them flat out that I will not have dinner with them again at any place I want to return to. Some people just do not know how to behave to wait staff.
We did this once as well. The waitress followed us out to the parking lot and told us that we forgot to leave her a tip. We responded back that we had not, that her tip was indicative of the level of service we received. She told us she was going to call the police on us. Bless her heart. I hope she found a different line of work otherwise, I fear we’re all paying her expenses each month. LOL
As I was talking off my coat, he showed up and asked, "Have you decided on a drink yet?"
He came to the table seven times before I received my food, just checking on me. Thanks for interrupting my conversation seven times!
He asked me how the food was, before I had a chance to put a single bite in my mouth.
I ordered a burger. It was large. I cut the burger in half. Before I even picked up the second half of the burger, he asked me if I wanted dessert.
I gave him 15% (I usually give 20%) just because I'm nice.
Semen Found in Womans Free Yogurt Sample at Grocery Store
A 28-year-old woman was shopping with her daughter in the cereal aisle at a grocery store when she was approached by a man who offered her a sample of yogurt. After accepting the mans yogurt sample, the woman immediately thought the sample tasted gross and disgusting and spit it out because she said it tasted like semen. (WOW!)
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In a handwritten statement, the woman said, I spit it out on the floor many times cuz I was upset. The woman recalled that when she talked to manager Catherine Flores, she told me was a Greek yoghurt. People love it has lot of protein on it.
The woman paid for her groceries and returned home, where she told her boyfriend about the incident. She told of how Garcia had just come with one sample just for me, and that he was so pushy to tell me how taste it. The woman and her boyfriend eventually returned to the market, where they summoned police.
When questioned by cops, an extremely nervous Garcia denied putting bodily fluids in the yogurt container, which he admitted discarding in a trash compactor after the woman complained about the samples taste. An Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson said today that blood and DNA samples have been collected from the incarcerated Garcia, and that results from lab tests are expected later this week.
I was waiting for my boys to come out of the pool locker room the other day, and James showed up and said, "Pat won't come because he's listening to people's conversations!"
Practice for his career as an intelligence operative ...
And didn’t ol’ Jesse Jackson once brag about spitting in white people’s salads?
I think a penny tip is entirely appropriate for poor service. However no tip, or a 5% tip, when you have treated the wait staff poorly or made a huge mess is infuriating to me.
Worst tip I ever got was a religious tract that looked like a ten dollar bill & no actual tip to go along with it. I was already a Christian, but I can guarantee that method of witnessing will be turn people off to the gospel.
I’ve always found that a little respect and common courtesy goes a long, long way at the resturant. I usually get good service, because I respond warmly and personably to my waiter/waitress as a person.
A smile returned, costs nothing. A polite greeting, with their name included is free - and often appreciated.
I do tip, I’ve had jobs like that when I was younger. But the fact of the matter is that they remember the tip, they remember the table it came from - but they will seldom remember that it was you that gave it. They deal with hundreds of new people every day.
On the other hand, act aloof when they greet you; don’t be surprised if they remain aloof when they serve you.
One of my favorite books (Patric Rothfuss) wrote in “The Name of the Wind”:
A Tinker’s debt is always paid;
Once for any simple trade;
Twice for freely-given aide
Thrice for any insult made.
I went to a religious liberal arts College and all of my friends who waited as their College job (all of them good Christians) told me the worst shifts to have were Sundays and Wednesday nights because people who hit the restaurants after Church never tip or leave tracts as tips.
Even Christian waiters couldn’t stand them.
Also, he has invisibility.
Yesterday I was having lunch and waitress brought wet plates for our bread. Then had to track her down twice to get refills on drinks. Never inquired if we needed anything. I usually tip meal70% but sadly she only got 2.96 on a 12 dollar meal.
I tend to tip very well, but I tip extremely well if the waitress calls me “Sugar”, “Honey”, or “Dear”. If the waiter does that, I leave. :)
There’s a horrible yogurt-like beverage in Turkey that tastes the way this yogurt is described.
I would fire at least four of these people.
Sad but true.
“but they will seldom remember that it was you that gave it.”
Second place goes to the hispanics - percentage tipping is alien...a buck seems to do the trick for them.
The one thing that will ensure a waitstaff person won’t get a tip is when they ask “will there be change?” Uh, yeah, there’s a fifty dollar bill in there for a twenty something bill. Better believe I want change.
“9. Oh, you needed more water so badly, you had to snap or tap or whistle? Ill be right back in ten minutes”
That’s the problem: It’s already been ten minutes.
In Russia it is like a think tangy buttermilk.
I never take the wife out on Valentine's Day. Restaurants are ridiculously crowded as guys who never do anything thoughtful try to make up for it on one day. It's like the people who only go to church on Christmas and Easter.
My wife always makes us a special candlelight dinner for Valentine's day. Besides, her birthday is the same month; and I always take her out for that.
I had a waiter come out to the lot to be sure I didn’t tip him too much.
The service was fantastic and I tipped 25%. It was The Great Caruso in Houston.
I usually tip fairly high, and tend to be a regular at places I like. At one such place during a period when I was down on my luck (broke), the wait staff was with managerial permission adding to my orders with employee discount meal items they would add to my modest order.
It was only for about a week and my fortunes changed, and we went back to the normal exchange, but I never forgot the kind turnaround at that place, from all the people who worked there.
“...and spit it out because she said it tasted like semen. “
She should get on “Name That Tune,” I bet she’d do well.
I wonder how old the daughter was and what questions she asked on the way home...
Agrred. This is not rocket science. Some of the best service we get is in our favorite Mexican restaurant. By the time we are seated, they are setting down the chips and salsa. Quick on the drinks, food orders, etc. A tough act to follow, even in the hi-end places. But yes, a perfect tip to get the point across. I have done it myself.
Waiters to me are usually polite if you just match their tempo as they have a routine to help them keep things together. I hate when my glass goes empty but I am also not afraid to get their attention and without even asking they usally know why and get right on it. I also tip well, usually 20%, except more at holidays and for waiters I have gotten to know and they provide that extra level of service. It is not unusual to tip extra to the kitchen staff when they go out of their way specifically for us, such as when they make a dish they no longer usually offer or provide an extra special meal near the holidays. I find most good restaurants hire good people and they do try; they goof up sometimes but rarely on purpose. I’ve had a few nasty experiences but I also have found that managers usually care to know and take action. I’ve gotten a few free meals from it and have seen a few waiters walked out. Overall, though, a smile and polite interaction goes a LONG way to a better experience, even when the waiter or kitchen staff makes a goof.
I have done that once before...and only once. I won’t go into the details of how badly the meal and service were, but here is what followed.
I was having dinner with my sister when she was a student at UNC. The “waiter” followed me next door to a bookstore and asked if there was some problem with the service.
I said, “Service? What service? It was practically nonexistent”...and named a few examples of WHY it was so bad.
His reply: “But sir, this is how I earn my living!”
I looked at him square in the eye, paused, and said: “Perhaps you should consider a different line of work.”
He said nothing, turned, and walked out of the store.
We used to shop at that store when we lived in New Mexico. They had great coffee.
I'd suggest doing the business a favor. If the service is that poor, it needs to be brought to the manager's attention as well.
How old is Pat now?
On the flip side, if the service is excellent, I'll ask for the manager and compliment my server. Everyone gets shallow complaints, and we owe it to the good people to put in a good word that balances out those comments.
Excellent point. While I don't trouble managers when the service is good (or even just adequate), I do go out of my way to let them know of extremes in either direction.
1. Be a regular.
2. Call your staff by name.
3. Tip significantly.
4. If you're getting shorted because the staff is having a hard time with another table, don't take it out on the staff, tip extra and leave a note, "this is for putting up with that brat at table 10." Smile and wink on the way out. Believe me, this one really works.
5. One bad experience, forgive. Two, take a couple of months off. If you've done 1-4 it will be noticed.
6. Never be confrontational. Nobody wins. It may make you feel better but she/he'll be bringing you your food.
Nine, going on 48.
In Mexico, 10% is considered a hefty tip. The local Chilis used to do a “south of the border sunday” which attracted a lot of Mexicans (actual Mexicans not hispanics) and the waiters I knew would bribe, threaten, and cajole the hostesses into putting them in someone else’s section.
Actually, I thought that was the norm for crappy service.
Not to go out on a limb, but if you were broke, should you really have been dining out? ;)
An update - the sample was confirmed to be from the store employee (he was arrested in January for failing to show on child molestation charges).
I shop at this market (good selection of produce). I don't recognize the guy, but I don't spend a lot of time there (too many loony libs there). Apparently, according to earlier reports, the guy actually pointed the lady out to other employees and, for lack of a better word, stalked her in the store to get her to taste the stuff.
He didn't come back out.