Part of running a good restaurant is creating an ambiance that heightens one of the most commonplace affairs: eating. Eating at a restaurant is about enjoyment without the restraints of food preparation and cleanup. Successful restaurants are inviting and rewarding. Ignorance is oftentimes bliss in these scenarios, as most patrons don’t need a play-by-play of their meal preparations to heighten their enjoyment. However, there are some common areas of ignorance, concerning waitstaff, which most patrons are willfully ignorant of, to their detriment.
Waiters Are People Too
Often times, patrons act as if purchasing a meal means they own the waitstaff for the duration of their meal. Newsflash: slavery is not only immoral its been socially unacceptable for quite some time. You should treat your waiter with respect. If issues arise, it is usually not the waiter’s fault, and under no circumstances is it a crisis…unless you are deathly allergic to certain foods, which is not the norm. It should be second nature for you to ensure that your waiter does not feel abused while you are at a restaurant. Serving can be humbling in itself; rudeness from a patron can be a profound abuse on a waiter’s dignity, as the waiter is not on equal footing to protest: their livelihood oftentimes depend on their ability to “suck it up”. Keep this in mind the next time your waters arrive a little slower than you would have liked.
Someone Else Will Take Care of It
A large portion of a waiter’s subsistence relies on generosity: your tips. It’s a good rule of thumb that if you are not able to leave at least a 10% tip, you should not be eating out. Would you ever walk out of a store having paid only 90% of what was due? Of course not, unless you want to end up in jail. Waiters work incredibly hard to ensure you have a peaceful, enjoyable experience. Don’t demean them with miserly tips.
Next time you eat out, do yourself a favor and review these overlooked realities.
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