Restaurant gods have been smiling and I have had so few stupid encounters or time wasting idiots that I've had little to share. Thankful as I am to have a decent job I still feel for all those who have to say, "well at least I have a job," or "I wish I had a job."
Still, there's always something...
A lot of this is just up to Murfy's law, but some notably stupid stuff happens here at the restaurant regularly.
Everyone needs to hear the sides. Every One of Them! There are three sides that will come with your order. I just told the person next to you, the one before that and the one before that. I talked about this
when you asked me about the menu and before that
when I was here with your drinks
when I explained our restaurant to you. I have made suggestions to about every third person and they still
sandwiches with a side of corn bread. Often they leave the bun and only eat the meat. The same meat is available without bread and they still order the damn sandwich.
I greet a table, welcome you to the restaurant (this has to happen to every waiter, all the time) and make it clear I'm just visiting, making myself visible, and in case you needed anything at all I'm here. I make sure you have water, maybe introduce myself. I know you were just seated! I know you would like a moment to look at the menu! I'm not here to take your order! Greeting! Meeting! No pressure, I'm here for you, do not panic. If you really want something though, in that case it's been twenty minutes before you were greeted. Bastards.
People who NEED to take a different table. What the blessed F is wrong with the table the hostess brought you to? I've seen a waiter sigh with relief when a table that will not sit in their section demands to be moved to a different table. I thank the gods every-time these special needs people want to move out of my station. Every waiter in the restaurant has seen this pointless behavior. The hostesses have a hard enough time seating each reservation without your stupid pointless lazy ass mock artistic cheap ass take up a booth on a busy night. I work in a good restaurant. Every-night is busy. Sit where you are told,
DF, There is a plan and your input does not make it better. I know you have complained before about having to wait for a table when you already had a reservation. That was your fault. You made everyone else wait because you couldn't sit at THAT table. Douche.
The two women who haven't seen each other in ages, and just have to catch up. And heard that the service here was excellent and this is right up their street and the food here is excellent and they just talk and talk and compete to see who eats less. Forget to tip you. Like you would ever want to see their talky asses again. The gal who orders "white Chardonnay." She's been around.
Never, ever, do something extra kind. You will be punished. Your base wage will decrease and you will lose all respect for yourself. Management will see you as a giver and suck you dry and customers will make you give them free shit they do not qualify for. I mean, Comfort and Joy!
Last shift, a table that must work for the factory that makes ass hats decided they must move their table of 14 from where they were to my entire station. At first the host of the table was moderately unsatisfied where they were seated. As the evening wore on he decided they for sure needed to move, to a room that normally demands a minimum to reserve. I moved tables 3 times for this scammer. The server that started these geniuses kept them. I got my first table in his old section at 7:30.
There is one more crab festering. Last year there was a list of holidays posted for employees to have their especial favorite day off. I requested none. I figured management would give me one of them.
I was scheduled all four. Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and New Years Day. I supposed someone would pay attention and award me one of them, or thank me. Nope. This year we have set schedules. I would be off on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve. I traded working on Thanksgiving for Christmas Eve off. Someone left, schedules shifted, and I am now working Christmas Eve with the same server I traded it off with. I also now work New Year's Eve and New Year day as well.
Comfort and Joy my friends.