22 Ways To Make Your Waiter Love You
By: Rachel Freeman
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There are a ton of ways you can make your waiter/waitress hate your guts, and since you’d rather not have them go the way of the vengeful bartender when it comes to your meal, you might want to learn how to help yourself while also helping them. Which is where we come in. We hit up a bunch of seasoned servers — both current and former — to find out all the things you can do to get on their good sides and make their lives easier, thus creating a much more pleasant dining experience for yourself. Now stop pretending it’s your birthday every time you go out to eat!
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Ask for all condiments/needs at once
"Basically don’t call me over for a side of ranch and then call me over later for hot sauce, because the job is already hectic enough."
When you’re finished, put your silverware on your plate
"Not only does that allow us to know that you’re finished, but it allows me to clear more quickly and get to other tables faster."
Don’t order things you don’t understand
"… and then act like the waiter intentionally brought you something you don’t like. Make sure you understand what you are ordering. For example: my mother ordering a drink with jalapeño and then getting extra tight with our waiter when it tasted like… jalapeño."
Let the server know when something is wrong
"If something’s wrong with the meal, tell us right away. A lot of customers tend to be too shy to complain, so they end up not saying anything until the problem can’t be fixed, or they won’t say anything at all. If the problem is on my end, or if there’s just an issue with the food, I want to fix it. Worst case scenario is you leave a bad tip, never come back, or even tell my boss I suck, so we’re on the same team here, most of the time. I want to help you; you want to give me some money."
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