If you have worked as a server, a bus person, restaurant host, a dishwasher or line cook, then you know exactly how stressful and exhausting the foodservice industry is.
Not only is the job physically grueling in and of itself, but on top of that, you have to deal with people. And the people who come to restaurants often treat those who serve them terribly. It is the awful reality of working in the foodservice industry that you will likely be yelled at, blamed for something that you have no control over, or simply confronted with some of the strangest requests from some of the strangest characters you have ever seen.
So, what is the best way to deal with bad tippers, rude customers, bad bosses, and everything else you have to encounter as a server? Well, you have to laugh at these things, of course. Because if you are not laughing, you are crying, and that is no good.
There's nothing easy about being a server.And honestly, the only people who really understand what you go through are those that do it too.
What's a weekend?
Everyone is all excited because tomorrow is Friday. I'm just over here like.. I'm a server. What's a weekend? #serverlife— Heather 💜 (@Heather 💜)1469745050.0
Interviewer: Why do you want to work in customer service? Me: Well, I'm really good at apologizing for things that aren't my fault— Ethan Smith (@Ethan Smith)1532443321.0
Remake the milkshakeSometimes you have to nod and apologize while pretending to fix whatever the customer thinks was wrong.
Split the check
Oh yeah, I would definitely love to split your check seven ways and then run your various card-cash combos. #threehourslater #serverproblems— TheHotdish (@TheHotdish)1469892437.0
Two handsThis is never funny. If it's not clear to you that servers are doing the most that they can at every single moment, you're not paying attention.
Not your faultOh man, I wish I could do this to apologetic servers. I just want them to know I appreciate the job they're doing.
People are the worst
This is why servers hate people, & also why we drink. #serverproblems #Dearcustomer #peoplesuck #serverlife https://t.co/RkhSkJ5N5R— Kat (@Kat)1470885993.0
"No you're not"
Said “sorry for the wait” to customer today and she turned around and said “no you’re not”. you know what you’re right— Stephanie France (@Stephanie France)1511733290.0
My job is:
Soul crushing should be in the job description #job #work #serverproblems #serverlife https://t.co/7oY0t3nmbd— Angry Waitress (@Angry Waitress)1469437966.0
When you greet a table and they immediately rattle off their entrée order. #serverlife #serverproblems https://t.co/AAyzJMUw4m— Mary Beth Constante (@Mary Beth Constante)1470190770.0
We close in a half-hour. Table 5 just got the party started and Table 14 is asleep at their table. I'm not leaving anytime soon. #serverlife— Laura Knight (@Laura Knight)1469950561.0
Coworker: omg text me anytime you need a shift covered Me: can you work today Coworker: omg sorry my uncles hamster is in town or I would— gabrielle coffee (@gabrielle coffee)1499780309.0
Love being yelled at for menu prices like work like I control them 🙄 #serverlife— becks☃️ (@becks☃️)1538586792.0
Customer: I don't like this soup. It's cold. I didn't want a cold soup. Me: it's gazpacho... #serverproblems https://t.co/2WuIQprwdU— Sauvignon Shambles (@Sauvignon Shambles)1467470552.0
Old people's jokes
I fake laugh at old people's jokes for a living. #serverlife— Lexi Clayton (@Lexi Clayton)1537999179.0
When a table sits there for 6 hours to talk and then leaves you a tip less than 10 percent #serverlife https://t.co/xZLAjjIhqP— Caleb Whitley (@Caleb Whitley)1470095520.0
"I'm the manager"This is the most badass tirck I've heard of. I wish I saw the look on that customer's face. I bet it was priceless.
Leave your number
I hate when people leave me their number on a receipt with a 10% tip. I’m only gonna call your broke ass and ask wh… https://t.co/ScEMge6Nmk— Whitney Martinez (@Whitney Martinez)1538195852.0
Me training a new person at my job: "So you're not really suppose to do this but this is what I do"— Mariah Hartjes (@Mariah Hartjes)1531831786.0
How great does it feel taking your shoes off after work? #serverlife https://t.co/6BD9NLSNKv— TheServerDiaries (@TheServerDiaries)1469572484.0
"Why are you sitting in your car in the parking lot?" "Oh... you know, just doing my anti-murder-meditation before I clock in" #ServerLife— Delivery Gurl (@Delivery Gurl)1470167659.0
Stress dreamsThese are the worst! Especially when you are dreaming about situations that deep down, you don't really care about.
The customer's always right
customers wanna be right soooo bad. like damn go clock in since u know so much— nina (@nina)1516745695.0
My watch has ended
How I feel every time I finish a closing double. #serverlife #GoT #serverproblems #boston https://t.co/RVly57mB4Y— BostonServerProbs (@BostonServerProbs)1465051902.0
How did work go?
When your non server partner asks you how your shift went after the worst shift ever #serverlife #serverproblems https://t.co/eTK6g0XKLA— Angry Waitress (@Angry Waitress)1470002116.0
Impatient customersListen, there's a group of people back there trying to make meals for a whole bunch of people right now. Cool it.
No phones at work
bro my coworker starts crying bc her boyfriend broke up w her (thru text) & my manager gon say “that’s why we stay… https://t.co/d6GFjBwMnQ— ꫀ. (@ꫀ.)1534219750.0