Saturday, December 03, 2005

Waiters request

I found this and it really made a lot of sense. Please send it to everyone that you know that eats out.

The next time your out eating at a resturant, look at your server.
>Do you think they are really happy to be doing that job? The answer
>is no, they are not. Its a tougher job than you think and you should
>pay them accordingly.**
>This is for everybody who goes to a restaurant...
>It is 2005 and servers in Texas/Colorado make $2.13 an hour. That is
>two dollars and thirteen cents an hour. That's it! Most servers
>receive checks that are voided that say $0.00 because of taxes.
>Servers rely on tips and they rely on the guests they are serving to
>tip them, so they can pay their bills. Many say, "Well, if you dont
>like it, then dont do it." No one likes waiting tables but someone
>has to do it. We all have bills and this is our way for paying them.
>Put yourself in OUR shoes. Just think about it....
>1. If you are not a child and get something from the kids menu
>(which we DO NOT have to do), tip as if you received an adult meal
>and leave the server an extra $1 @ least!
>2. If you have children, DO NOT let them, open and dump anything on
>the table (ie; salt, sugar, etc). IF YOU DO, you must leave an extra
>$5 for the server to clean up YOUR CHILDS mess & to restock the now
>unusable wasted items. We are neither their babysitter nor their
>parent. The least you can do is pay us for the extra work. Dont let
>your kids sream and run around the restaurant. It's very distracting
>and annoying not to mention dangerous if they get ran over by a
>server with hot food in their hands. Have control over your kids
>people. You are PARENTS!
>3. If you feel the necessity to stay for longer than 15 minutes
>after you pay, its an extra $3 every 30 minutes (including the first
>15min). We make our money from the tables. If you are in one and we
>cant seat it, we CANT make money.
>4. Telling a server they are the best or excellent service is not a
>tip. If we are good, let us know by leaving us more money.
>COMPLIMENTS DONT PAY OUR BILLS. Its not that we mind the praise; its
>just that you say were good and then leave 10 % this is not good.
>5. Prayer cards and any other religious pamphlet is NOT a tip. It is
>insulting that you assume we are w/o religion and must save us.
>Again, like ..4, we cant pay bills w/prayer cards. P.S. We'd go to
>church on Sundays if it wasn't mandatory to work on Sundays because
>EVERYONE who goes to church follows it by eating out. Also don't try
>to preach to us while we are working. We don't go to your work and
>put you down so don't do it to us.
>6. We know that you have just given money to God, but Sundays are
>not discounted tip day. 8% is NOT a good tip. 10% is NOT a good tip!
>7. It is not 1960. Cost of living has gone up dramatically since
>then. 18% the MINIMUM amount of what you should be tipping your
>servers. Just look at the tax line and multiple by 2-3, this gives
>you your minimum tip amount (remember: alcohol is not taxed). We tip
>out a certain percentage at the end of the night; anywhere from
>2%-10%. If you dont tip, we end up paying to wait on YOU.
>8. Say what you mean; plain means nothing on it. If you get a (ex.)
>burger plain and we bring it that way, dont treat us like idiots
>because it doesnt have ketchup & mustard. What you order is what we
>bring. We are not mind readers. If we were, we wouldnt be working in
>a restaurant.
>9. Do not take your bad day (or past experience) out on us. It is
>not our fault. We dont take our bad customers out on you. Its only
>fair you do the same for us.
>10. If the prices go up or we start charging for things that used to
>be free, do not take it out us. We do not make these decisions. We
>don't even want to enforce them because we know that it will end up
>hurting our already low tip in the end. Unfortunately our bosses
>have no problem taking the $ out of our tips if they see us give you
>something for free that shouldn't be. They will never say anything
>to you either because you're the customer, so its on us.
>11. If you get a discount because of bad food or something, do not
>take it out of our tip. We didn't cook it. The cooks get paid hourly
>regardless if the food sucks. However, we only make what you give
>us. Also, if the manager gives you a discount because of this, you
>tip of the ORIGINAL total, not the discounted one. Also, if you use
>a coupon, you tip based on what the total was before the discount
>(I had to add a few more important things for everyone to remember)
>12. Holidays for us don't exist. Example: If you are eating at our
>restraunt on a holiday like Thanksgiving and you wish us a happy
>thanksgiving, do you honestly think we are having a good
>thanksgiving. No we are stuck at work because it is mandatory for us
>to be there serving you lazy people who don't want to cook instead
>of being at home with our families. So be a little more thoughtful
>when tipping because we are stuck there working and by the way: we
>DONT get paid overtime for working holidays, we get a "thanks for
>working" from our Managers.
>13. If you come into the restraunt 10 mins before closing or any
>time near closing hurry up and order your food and get out. OR dont
>come in at all close to close. Everyone is ready to go home and now
>they have to wait on you. The kitchen has already started cleaning,
>dishes have been washed, tables cleared, ash trays empytied. It is
>rude! Closed means closed not social hour. It is so rude to sit
>there and take time. We can't leave until you leave because we have
>to do sidework and clean the table you are sitting at. We don't want
>to stand there waiting for you to leave because you are rude and
>14. If you only come in for coffee or a dessert, don't sit there
>taking up our booths/tables for hours. We are not starbucks or a
>hotel restraunt. Orderyour food, eat, and leave. If you want to chat
>then fine, leave a tip accordingly.
>15. When we come up to the table to greet you and we ask how you are
>doing please let us know. We honestly want to know how you are
>doing. If you are in a bad mood we want to know that from the
>beginning. It's really nice when the guests aks us how we are too.
>It makes us feel like we are not just waiting on you for an hour or
>two. Example: Server: "Hi. How are you doing?" Guest: "Iced tea."
>Now reading it, cant you see how rude that is?!
>16. Don't ever talk on your cell phone in a restraunt. This is
>probably the rudest thing to do. If you are on your cell phone when
>we walk up to greet your table we will walk away until you get off
>your phone! Dont get mad at us for not approaching the table why you
>are on your phone. Just show some respect and give us your attention
>for a couple of minutes.
>17. If you are a jerk or are rude to your server, NOT just your
>server will know... everyone that works there will know. Do you want
>everyone to know you as the jerk who yelled about being charged
>50cents for extra ranch?
>18. You are not our only table. Many servers may have up to ten
>tables at any given time. Dont think you are the only ones that have
>our attention. We not only have to wait on our tables, we have to
>run food, find a manager when something needs to be taken off a
>check, refill dressings, restock... there are many things that our
>job involves besides you and your needs. Even though the guest is
>taken care of first, think about everything else we need to take
>care of.
>SERVERS READING THIS: Please repost this so the word can get out,
>since so many people are uneducated about tips and our lives depend
>on this - atleast for now......
>all your fabulous servers out there, all the cooks who care if you
>get your food right because it's a pride thing, AND because they
>want to see their friends who serve make money, and all the managers
>who actually care if their servers make money or who where once
>servers themselves


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7:47 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

Thanks for doing this Jan, I may steal it. I waited and bartended for nearly 10 years while I worked other jobs and went to school. I was tired and worn out too, I didn't need anyone taking they're bad day out on me. You know, I can understand not being able to tip as much as you want to, though. I didn't hold that against some people (who obviously couldn't afford it, who were just happy to be able to go out and eat once in awhil) but those who could and didn't...asses. Whew, I feel better, thanks. :)

8:40 PM  

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