Sunday, March 14, 2010

Patience is a virtue

You know I thought that because I will be leaving this waitressing thing behind me in less than 2 weeks, that my patience level would somehow grow. I was wrong. Let's explore yet again how truly fucked up people can be...

Last night we had a reservation for a party of 30 people who were celebrating a surprise 21st birthday. Me and another server, whom I will call S, had to share this party which took up both of our sections. No big deal, we do this kinda thing all the time.

I was a little shocked that because it was a 21st birthday, the woman in charge would not allow anyone to drink any alcohol. Ok whatever, it was a "family" dinner. The parents of the birthday girl had pre-ordered the venue, giving the guests a choice of 3 chicken dinners. Um, what happened to a little variety? Not everybody wants chicken, how bout a seafood selection or beef? Whatever I just do what I am told.

I don't want to bore you with all the little details of these very demanding customers, so I'll cut to the chase. After the 3 hours that they were there, everyone was oohing and awwing over the food and the service. Big warning sign; that is what we in the business call "the kiss of death". I should have known then that I was going to need some lubricant cause we sure were gonna get fucked.

The check came to $550. Now keep in mind that the 2 servers working this party are spliting the tip. Not only that but we also didn't have ANY other tables besides this one. I collect the charge slip and casually look down....$80. WTF! We just busted our asses for 3 hours and we get to split 80 bucks...$40 a piece. Oh for Christ's sake people.

The silver lining in this whole fucked up situation is that in 2 more weeks I will never ever have to be slighted on a tip!


  1. Well at least you got 40 instead of nothing? I bet two weeks never seemed so long, huh? (;

  2. It's almost over. Tick...tick...tick...

  3. Sounds like somebody hadn't been out to dinner since 15% was was folks gave for the best service.

    Just remind yourself that if ignorance is bliss, they are the happiest people in the world.

    Oh... and be happy that they weren't drinking. Imagine what that would have been like.

  4. Bad tippers make my ass twitch.

    Chances are they also rinse out plastic bags, fold up tin foil and save their bath water for doing the dishes.

  5. just for the record, what is the appropriate tip for a meal of that amount?

  6. Hello All,
    To answer your question, Dragonfly, the appropriate tip would've been $120. That is a little bit over 20% but you have to take into consideration that there are 2 servers which means we are sharing the tip; the party took up both our ENTIRE sections, which means neither of us had any other tables in which to make money from, and also this party was there for 3 hours. Believe me $40 isn't compensation enough; I take it as an insult.