- Food and Cooking
Waiters and Waitresses Secrets: Rate Them for Yourself
They have a microwave and their not afraid to use it!
We have all been there. You order a steak well done but when you slice into it the inside is still pink. There is no crime in asking for your steak to be cooked the way you like it. After all, you probably paid a pretty penny for it. But, unless it is really slow and you are the only table in the restaurant, you can pretty much count on your steak going in the microwave to get out the last of the pinkness.
Talk time costs them money.
Many people like to sit and talk for a while after they finish their meals. Especially if you are catching up with an old friend or family member, you can tend to sit an extra 20-30 minutes at the table talking. Or, maybe you are at a working lunch and spend an hour at the table going over paperwork. Waiters and waitresses make more money by serving more tables. If you need to take one of their tables for longer than it takes to eat your meal, be sure to make the tip generous, as you are costing them money every extra minute you sit there.
They catch hell when you order water.
Wait staff receive evaluations on the job just as office workers do and they have goals that they are expected to meet. One major goal in most restaurants is selling add-ons such as alcoholic beverages, appetizers, and desserts. Of course, they don’t expect you to order all three at every meal and certainly they don’t want to push you drink if you don’t want to. But how about try the raspberry lemonade or a virgin margarita to help them out with their stats.
Ordering an appetizer for dinner is great!
This is the same concept as above. Wait staff are evaluated based on their percentage of add-ons in relation to their total sales. Ordering an appetizer is great for their stats and ordering one as your main course is even better. If you only order the appetizer, they get a 100% add-on rate for your table!
They don’t mind your kid’s mess.
They serve families with children on a daily basis. They know toddlers are messy eaters. Sometimes parents can feel uncomfortable at the pile of food their child leaves under the table but it only takes the waiter a few seconds to sweep it up. They expect it and it’s really not that big of a deal.
They are terrified of parties of 7.
At most restaurants, gratuity is automatically added to parties of 8 or more, so parties of 7 are terrifying. There is nothing worse than busting your butt to serve 7 grown people unlimited crab legs for 2 hours straight and then get stiffed. Some people assume that gratuity is added to parties of 6 or more, but most restaurants now start at 8 or more. If your bill doesn’t specifically say gratuity is already added, then make sure you leave an appropriate tip.
Everything tastes good.
Don’t ever ask a waiter what taste good and expect an honest answer. They will most likely lead you the higher priced items in order to get their ticket average up. Speaking from personal experience, I worked at Red Lobster for a year, telling people how great the tilapia and salmon were, when I have never eaten a piece of seafood in my life.
Ask for hot water and see what you get.
This one if for the germaphobes who insist on a cup of hot water to soak their utensils in before they use them. The waiters have to carry the cup of scalding hot water across the dining room, trying not to spill it and burn themselves. This can irritate your server so much he might lick you plate just out of spite. Trust me…it happens. If you are that concerned about germs, then stay home and cook.
They love to switch the coffees.
Helpful hint: Don’t be rude to the waitress if you are picky about your coffee type. This is a breakfast house employee’s favorite: switching the decaf for regular. So if you are snappy with your waitress, expect to be wired all day from the coffee switch. This can also work the other way around. Ever wonder why you are still so drowsy after those 3 cups of coffee. They may have pulled the old switcheroo on you!!