1. Crying Children And Adults Who Ignore Them
When children cry and cry and cry and cry in a restaurant, other people find it annoying. Please, take your child outside for a moment to calm him down.

2. Snapping Your Fingers At Servers

Don’t ever snap your fingers at a server, bartender, anyone. Ever.

3. Flirting

Don’t hit on waitresses. Don’t touch waitresses. I’ve cooked in bars where my job included removing such people from the establishment with force.

4. Touching your server

When people touch their server. I’m not to be touched. I don’t like it, and I’m not your pet. I’m not your buddy, baby, friend, or lover.

5. Coming In Minutes Before Closing

If Google says that the restaurant closes at 11, the right time to order is not three minutes before closing. The staff are not people willing to work every single day overtime like they had no lives of their own. They are people with loved ones and hobbies as well.

6. Being Impolite

Please, get off your cellphone when I’m taking your order

7. When People Go And Sit At A Dirty Table

PLEASE DO NOT HELP YOURSELF TO A SEAT AT A DIRTY TABLE. First of all, it’s gross. Why would you sit yourself down in someone else’s mess? Second of all, if it’s not clean, we aren’t ready for you at that table yet. Now someone has to awkwardly bus the table and wipe it down while your impatient @$$ just sits there being all in-the-way

8. Ordering Something That’s Not On The Menu

Do not order anything that isn’t on the menu. I’ve run into so many situations where customers want to make up their own dish that isn’t on the menu (ordering fish and chips at an Italian restaurant). Perhaps it’s because they don’t know how to read, and therefore can’t understand anything the menu says. That menu is there for a reason. Read it. This is not a private chef service.

9. Acting Like You Own The Place

This restaurant is not your house. You’re a paying customer. We get that, and we respect that. But do not forget that you are a guest. In addition, you are not the only guest. There are other people here too. So when you request that we turn down the music, turn up the lights, or adjust the heat/air conditioning, you should know that we may not be able to make this accommodation, even if you ask nicely.

If you go on to demand such accommodations, you’re not only disrespecting us (because you’re essentially treating the restaurant like your house, and us like servants who run it for you), you’re also disrespecting the other guests (because they may not desire the same accommodations that you desire). This is not your house, and this is a space that you’re sharing with other people – and if you’re the only one asking for something to be changed, we’re unlikely to do it if it will affect other guests.

10. Helping Without Being Asked To

I hated when customers tried to help me. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciated the sentiment, but when a customer took things from my tray or grabbed things from my hand it became dangerous.

11. Complaining That The Food Takes Longer To Come Out When The Place Is Busy

Food takes longer to come out when we’re busy

When a restaurant is busy, it’s usually no secret. It’s loud, it’s full, staff are running around, the whole deal. You can also anticipate when a restaurant will be busy, like on Friday and Saturday nights. If you choose to dine at such times as these, you can expect your food to take longer to come out. Why? More people, more orders, more work for the kitchen to do.

So if you’ve just placed your order now, it could take 20, 30, 40 minutes, or even longer than that. If that’s too long for you, none of us have any sympathy for your complaints. You knew it was busy, so you knew it would take long. You chose to dine at this time, so you knew what you were getting into. We don’t care that you’re hungry. Everybody is hungry. That’s why they’re here! What do you think we’re going to do? Bring your food out first before someone else’s, just because you’re complaining? Dream on.

12. Not Accepting Where You’re Being Seated

Please accept where I seat you. I understand you want a booth. But we only have four, and by dinnertime, I’ve already reserved them for my six other 6:30 reservations. And if you’re a party of two, you’re going to get placed at a two top. Not a full-size table.

13. Sitting At An Empty Table Without Asking

If you see a table with no one at it, that is not necessarily your table! There might be a reservation plotted for your table later that night. The restaurant limits how many people can sit in each time-block.

14. Tipping Is Important

Tipping is not mandatory, but servers live off of our tips.


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