There is one person in the world that you usually end up allowing to disturb you while you are eating. This same person is the one that can come in to ask, interrupt, take or bring anything, while you eat and talk to others at your food table. This someone is your waiter. Your waiter, in addition to bringing you a lot of food and drooling, can also bring in a lot of weird habits that fall into the category of being rude to you.
The real job of a waiter is to bring you food, and is to make your food experience a good one so that you can enjoy your food. The existence of tips is one of the reasons many waiters simply focus on a set standard of things aimed to satisfy the typical standards of many restaurants like making sure your water glass is always full, that you have clean plates, and that you are not angry at or with your food at any moment. Such focus has resulted in many waiters not knowing that throwing a plate full of food at you, for you to catch, is not the same as putting the food plate in front of you.
Here are 10 rude things that many waiters do on a regular basis. I notice these trends at so many locations that sometimes I feel I should ask such waiters if they could be featured on my site for bad or rude service.
Ten rude things waiters do to you
- Pour water into your glass by tilting the jug on its side, resulting in water splashes all over you or your table.
- Not help you with your food questions or order if they are not your assigned waiter, but pick up your credit card or cash for payment when you put down your payment on your table. Next time, tell such waiters “Oh no, it’s ok. You did not help me with my crisis of dying in spices without water. I will let my real waiter take care of this and not trouble you at all.”
- Take away your plate if your friend or someone else in your party is still eating, or vice versa.
- Bring you the check very quickly, and repeatedly asking about the payment in different forms just to get you to leave so that a new customer can sit in your place. Like Ponzu in San Francisco telling me and my friends “Anything else before you guys head out?” We were not all guys, and no, we did not want to head out. We wanted to sit there for a while and talk.
- Touch a lot to try to get more tips. More people know about your psychological tactic, now that Bes has told them about it. Touching strangers for pleasure or for money, by trying to make the stranger feel good unconsciously, is perversion, you pervert.
- Touch your plate, glass or spoons and forks all over with bare hands.
- Not pay attention to you when you need help, like when you need a refill of your water glass after you eat something spicy. In my view, unless otherwise noted or told to the customer, a waiter should always keep an eye on the customer in case the customer looks up and around for their waiter. Other waiters should heed to such body language by either helping or by letting the original waiter know about the desperate gazes of the needy, and probably hungry or thirsty, customer. This goes along with point # 2 above.
- Complain or bring up the topic of not getting enough tip from you. Giving a tip is not the law around the planet, and telling a customer that they did something wrong by not tipping enough, in my view, is plain wrong unless there is an actual situation where the customer directly or indirectly promised a tip and then did not tip enough.
- Ask questions while food is in our mouth. This is another tactic used by waiters. When your mouth is full, you may say anything to tell the waiter to get lost so you can chomp down your food, including “Yes, it’s good.” That is why you are always asked a bit-pointed questions. You are asked “Is everything ok?” instead of “I see that your mouth is burning. Is the food too hot?” or “I see that my questions are resulting in your mouth opening so strangely that the teriyaki chicken is falling onto the ground. Should I stop asking you questions till your plate is empty or till you tell me to reappear after disappearing?“
- Giving you too much attention, including asking you about the food or service or your needs and talking to you a lot while you try to focus on eating or while you try to talk to the people you came with.
How does your waiter treat you?
Does your waiter ignore you? Has your waiter given you a shower when refilling your glass of water? Have you been rushed out of a restaurant by an overzealous waiter? Do they give you too much attention? Have you ever said “YES! IT’S GOOD! I’LL TIP YOU REAL GOOD IF YOU GOOOOOO AWAY PLEASE!! ” while being interrupted from munching on some very juicy treat that you would be paying $15 for?
Are you a waiter yourself? Have you seen any of the above trends in other waiters or experienced them yourself? Have you engaged in any of the above trends for different reasons?
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