If you've ever worked as a server at a restaurant, you know the struggle is real.
The hours are long, the pay is crap, and the customers can sometimes be the absolute worst.
It's a tough job.People who haven't worked in the food service industry just don't get it. But you do. Here are 19 struggles every single server has experienced at work.
Wishing for a snow day.
via: TwitterThere's no such thing as a snow day when you work at a restaurant. People still have to eat, and that means you have to be there to cater to their every whim.
The concept of "holidays" also barely exists.
via: TwitterYour plans for New Year's Eve probably entail wearing comfortable shoes that you don't mind wearing for 10 hours in a row. Also, you've got to psyche yourself up for dealing with drunk people all night long.
You can never have enough pens.
via: Twitter'Cause they're all going to be stolen. Every single one of them.
You will forget a table every now and again.
via: ImgurBecause your brain is running at a million miles a minute trying to remember table four's drink orders straight, grabbing table seven's extra napkins, and checking to see if the bar has your cocktails for table three. This next struggle is one that may surprise you.
Your money is always all wrinkly!
via: TwitterWho knows where customers get their bills from? Sure, they all spend the same, but they can't all be used at the self-checkout.
Some customers are just straight-up d*cks.
via: ImgurDo they think this is a game?
I think this guy is even worse, TBH:
via: ImgurFirst of all, this is a crappy thing to do to anyone. Secondly, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that $5 is not enough of a tip. (And yes, America needs to get its stuff together and actually pay servers an actual living wage, and it's bonkers that people have to tip for servers to make a living. But that's how it works right now, so you should be tipping. If you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to go out to eat.)
You're not above this level of pettiness:
via: ImgurBut you'd never actually do this because you can't afford to make the customer angry and get an even lower tip next time. What a quandary!
This is amazing:
via: ImgurOn the bright side, at least you know in advance that anyone who gives you a list like this one is going to be a pain in the neck. This next one is too real.
Some customers just don't get it.
via: ImgurNever underestimate a restaurant patron's ability to completely misunderstand something that couldn't possibly be made any clearer.
This is a bold move.
via: InstagramThis guy seriously left behind his number and also tipped $3 on a $45 bill! Not a great first impression.
We've all been put in this awkward situation.
via: InstagramIf there's only one piece of advice I could impart to restaurant goers, it'd be this: If someone asks to see your ID, just give it to them. If they don't ask, just drink your drink and shut the heck up about it.
Your fellow servers are basically family members.
via: InstagramUnless you closed. Then they are your mortal enemy.
Some days are harder than others.
via: InstagramSome people seem to forget that the person putting in their orders and bringing food out to the table is — shocker — an actual person with feelings. Don't be like those people. Next up is how you feel every time you work a double.
The dreaded double.
via: InstagramOn the bright side, you'll (hopefully) make more money. On the negative side, you will be twice as tired and miserable by the time you finally leave.
Customers are SO FUNNY.
via: TwitterWow, never heard that one before, what a great joke! Please just leave.
Why do people think it's OK to touch you?!
via: TwitterApparently, when you're trying to get someone's attention, you can just reach out and grab them like they're one of the flags from Double Dare. Good to know!
via: TwitterI'm firmly convinced that there are some people put on this Earth whose sole purpose is to test the patience of others. Try not to let them get to you.
This is always a delicate situation.
via: TwitterYou could use more money. But you really, really want to leave. Share this with a fellow server!