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14 Struggles Of Waitresses (And Why You Should Be Nice To Them)

The customer is always right? Ugh.
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1. When customers say "I need" instead of "can I please have" or "I'll have." 

This might be my job, but you can still be polite.

2. When people give dirty looks when I come to the table to ask if they need something. 

God forbid I ruin your conversation by refilling your water.

3. When tables ask to split a check a million different ways. 

Yes, I love it when you hand me a ton of cash and six different cards in order to pay a singular check. 

4. When a boss schedules you for a double shift but doesn't give you a break in between. 

It's so ironic because you're surrounded by food, but you can't eat anything.

5. When people at a table say they're ready to order but then immediately start discussing what appetizer they want to share. 

And they completely ignore you and the fact that you have other tables. I could be doing a million other things, but instead I'm standing there, waiting for these people to decide if they want the fries or mozzarella sticks.

6. Large groups that don't leave a big tip

If you are a large group, you should tip more because you were most likely more work. It's as simple as that.

7. When restaurants give you only two shirts to wear as your uniform and then schedule you for six days a week. 

By the end of one shift, that shirt is gross. I don't want to be doing laundry every single night after work.


8. Nice people who don't tip well. 

You think you're jiving with a table and then all of a sudden, they give you a P50 tip on a P1,050 bill, and you're left feeling confused. I appreciate people being friendly, but it almost makes it worse because I'm expecting them to at least tip decently.

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9. Large tables where everyone makes a small tweak to their meal. 

You have 20 people who order a dish but each person changes it slightly, so now it takes you a year and a half to put the order into the computer.

10. When everyone wants separate checks...

But they don't tell you until after you already bring them one check.

11. People who ask for something new every time you come back to the table. 

 You go get ketchup and then they decide they also want hot sauce, and when you bring that, they suddenly want more napkins. It's not that hard to ask for everything at once.

12. When old drunk men hit on you. 

 This is never OK, but it's especially weird when I'm at my job. Please stop.

13. When people don't show up at the same time. 

 You constantly need to go up to the table as new people come in, and it feels like you're being annoying, but in reality, you just want to take everyone's drink order.

14. People who come in 15 minutes before closing...

And then don't act like they're in a rush at all as you sweep around them and stare them down. Most places will accept people up until the last minute but that doesn't mean I don't want to go home.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.