To all the Waiters out there..

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    Jun 11, 2010 7:01 AM GMT
    I have been a waiter for 2 1/2 years now, and for the short amount of time that ive been serving im pretty sure ive seen it all when it comes down to trying to stay organized, We use whatever is lying around to stuff our cash, closed checks, and orders in. Tried creating my own Check/Pad holder with a check holder, it involved duct tape and glue, didnt work so well..haha.

    What do you use to maintain organized?
    I want to hear funny stories, ideas, etc..

    I've come across this product, www.TheWaiterDepot.com, the waiter caddy, would it be worth the money? has anyone out there purchased something like it?
  • nicelyproport...

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    Jun 11, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    When I worked as a waiter, I once ordered monkfish for a customer who had wanted salmon. When the wrong meal arrived, rather than risk the wrath of the chef, I convinced the customer that the fish on her plate was "white salmon", a fish so rare she might never get to sample it again.

    I got a very big tip.
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    Jun 11, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    Hahaha hope she never came back for more of the white salmon!
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    Jun 11, 2010 9:13 PM GMT
    nicelyproportioned saidWhen I worked as a waiter, I once ordered monkfish for a customer who had wanted salmon. When the wrong meal arrived, rather than risk the wrath of the chef, I convinced the customer that the fish on her plate was "white salmon", a fish so rare she might never get to sample it again.

    I got a very big tip.


    You low-down liar! I would have preferred you lifted your shirt and said, "I'm so sorry. Wanna see my abs?" icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 11, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
    wrestlervic said
    nicelyproportioned saidWhen I worked as a waiter, I once ordered monkfish for a customer who had wanted salmon. When the wrong meal arrived, rather than risk the wrath of the chef, I convinced the customer that the fish on her plate was "white salmon", a fish so rare she might never get to sample it again.

    I got a very big tip.


    You low-down liar! I would have preferred you lifted your shirt and said, "I'm so sorry. Wanna see my abs?" icon_wink.gif


    That's what I do when the very hot police officer threatens to give me a speeding ticket.
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    Jun 12, 2010 12:54 AM GMT
    nicelyproportioned saidWhen I worked as a waiter, I once ordered monkfish for a customer who had wanted salmon. When the wrong meal arrived, rather than risk the wrath of the chef, I convinced the customer that the fish on her plate was "white salmon", a fish so rare she might never get to sample it again.

    I got a very big tip.


    Bravo! Kudos for thinking on your feet. It's bad to lie but to eat the price of a meal gone wrong might be very expensive in a already stressful and low paying job..
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    Jun 12, 2010 1:49 AM GMT
    nicelyproportioned saidWhen I worked as a waiter, I once ordered monkfish for a customer who had wanted salmon. When the wrong meal arrived, rather than risk the wrath of the chef, I convinced the customer that the fish on her plate was "white salmon", a fish so rare she might never get to sample it again.

    I got a very big tip.


    That is amazing, will remember it next I get a rare fish. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 12, 2010 3:48 AM GMT
    I just put everything in my pockets. Cash and receipts in the right, note pad/orders in the left. We have a server station so if my pockets get full I empty them there and go back out. The girls I work with have aprons with tons of pockets, I don't wear one though. That waiter caddy thing looks pretty neat though. Might be worth the investment if organization is a problem for you.
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    Jun 13, 2010 12:22 PM GMT
    I use the check holder for everything but the cash. Since my restaurant tends to cater to credit much more than cash (I work in Times Square, so there are lots of tourists), I can usually fit the cash in a separate wallet I have just for this purpose.
  • Nayro

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    Jun 13, 2010 1:44 PM GMT
    There was this older man sitting with his son and daughter in law. I came to ask them if they wanted a drink. So the older man said, I'd like some grape-juice please. (We never sell grape-juice) So I said, I'm sorry but we don't sell that.. Oh... But I want grape-juice he replied. I once again said: I'm sorry but we don't sell that, we do have lots of other drinks though. Then I said I'll take the order of the other two ppl first so you can think about it a little more... So the other two ordered and I asked him again, if he knew what he wanted to drink already. Yes he said. I want grape-juice....
    His son then said, Dad they don't HAVE grape-juice.. order something else. Then I said, we have applejuice or orangejuice, maybe you'd like a bitter lemon?
    Then he said, well then I'll take the bitter lemon but I don't understand why you don't sell grape-juice...

    Not that funny now, but it was a little bit funny at the time it happened icon_razz.gif
  • RSportsguy

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    Jun 13, 2010 1:49 PM GMT
    Daelin saidThere was this older man sitting with his son and daughter in law. I came to ask them if they wanted a drink. So the older man said, I'd like some grape-juice please. (We never sell grape-juice) So I said, I'm sorry but we don't sell that.. Oh... But I want grape-juice he replied. I once again said: I'm sorry but we don't sell that, we do have lots of other drinks though. Then I said I'll take the order of the other two ppl first so you can think about it a little more... So the other two ordered and I asked him again, if he knew what he wanted to drink already. Yes he said. I want grape-juice....
    His son then said, Dad they don't HAVE grape-juice.. order something else. Then I said, we have applejuice or orangejuice, maybe you'd like a bitter lemon?
    Then he said, well then I'll take the bitter lemon but I don't understand why you don't sell grape-juice...

    Not that funny now, but it was a little bit funny at the time it happened icon_razz.gif


    Sounds like the guy suffered from dementia or alzheimer's. It puts people in awkward positions when serving them.
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    Jan 16, 2014 11:40 PM GMT
    I love being a waiter; the easy cash, the interesting guests, flirts with guests, the adrenalin rush when it gets cunting busy, the crazy money you can make on 1 table, the coming together of waiters in the local bar after a hard days work (normally a double shift), the normally psycho managers, the guests that get plastered on 1 bottle of wine and the easy money....did I say that already?

    I work at a pretty expensive restaurant in Cape Town and I'm really enjoying it. I'm 38, so the early shifts are a killer, but otherwise its great fun.

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    Jan 16, 2014 11:48 PM GMT
    Lets (waiters worldwide) keep this thread going.

    We can even talk about our shifts and the people we served etc.

    My first table of my double shift which started at 11am, ordered a bottle of wine and two Lobster Thermadors which are like R320 (Rand) each at our restaurant. The son was finished pretty quickly, but the mother cleaned out her Lobster like a thousand maggots, she ate every last scrap of meat.

    They left me a R200 tip.

    I also served a Brazilian couple who hadn't left me a tip (in South Africa its not included unless its a very large bill or its a group), so I asked them when paying, 'how much should I make it'? So they left me 15%. If I hadn't asked, I'd have gotten nothing/fuck all. They left me eighty bucks.

    R11.00 = $1.00

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    Jan 16, 2014 11:48 PM GMT
    This thread reminds me of a question I wanted to ask.
    On TV, when a waiter or waitress drops a meal, the customers sometimes start applauding.
    Does this ever happen for real?
    It seems so mean-spirited.

  • Adozark

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    Jan 16, 2014 11:50 PM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidThis thread reminds me of a question I wanted to ask.
    On TV, when a waiter or waitress drops a meal, the customers sometimes start applauding.
    Does this ever happen for real?
    It seems so mean-spirited.



    Yes, I dropped a tray of drinks once and was applauded. icon_redface.gif
  • Adozark

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    Jan 16, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    As for the original question, I brought a book from another job that I guess I essential stole it from.

    The place I worked at nearly never had guests who used cash, so I had some change in a money clip that i brought with me to work, otherwise it was just credit cards.
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    Jan 16, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    I was something close to a waiter, they would stuff their cash in my underwear.
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    Jan 16, 2014 11:52 PM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidThis thread reminds me of a question I wanted to ask.
    On TV, when a waiter or waitress drops a meal, the customers sometimes start applauding.
    Does this ever happen for real?
    It seems so mean-spirited.



    It sounds pretty retarded. It's never happened to me.
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    Jan 16, 2014 11:54 PM GMT
    Adozark saidAs for the original question, I brought a book from another job that I guess I essential stole it from.

    The place I worked at nearly never had guests who used cash, so I had some change in a money clip that i brought with me to work, otherwise it was just credit cards.


    With us, it's almost always credit card or we don't have to give change if its cash.

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    Jan 18, 2014 12:45 AM GMT
    Adozark said
    JohnSpotter saidThis thread reminds me of a question I wanted to ask.
    On TV, when a waiter or waitress drops a meal, the customers sometimes start applauding.
    Does this ever happen for real?
    It seems so mean-spirited.



    Yes, I dropped a tray of drinks once and was applauded. icon_redface.gif

    That really annoys me.
    If I was there, I'd go around and slap every one of those people.
  • 1blind_dog

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    Jan 18, 2014 1:53 AM GMT
    I had a friend who used to do theatre and loved his characters. He would be someone different (often with accents) every week. His manager didn't know and his coworkers thought it was hilarious. They eventually bet him he couldn't play deaf…he did and it worked. He convinced his customers he was reading their lips and played it off that he missed something if he looked away. His customers thought he was amazing for being able to wait tables as a deaf man and received extra tips. He stopped the same day when he came close to getting caught.
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    Jan 18, 2014 2:25 AM GMT
    mouillepoint said
    They left me a R200 tip.

    I also served a Brazilian couple who hadn't left me a tip (in South Africa its not included unless its a very large bill or its a group), so I asked them when paying, 'how much should I make it'? So they left me 15%. If I hadn't asked, I'd have gotten nothing/fuck all. They left me eighty bucks.

    R11.00 = $1.00



    Brazilians have to remind themselves to tip when they are abroad. In Brazil no one tips anyone and when they are abroad many don't feel obliged since the conversion rate and the purchasing power parity is cruel to those who are paid in BRL and tip in USD (even worse in EUR or GBP)
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    Jul 21, 2015 10:32 PM GMT
    The other day, a fucking guest clicked her fingers at me.

    Instead of ignoring the cunt, I went to the table. All she wanted was a fucking glass of water.

    Clearly her and her idiot husbands first time in a smart restaurant.
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    Jul 21, 2015 10:47 PM GMT
    Hmm. Last weekend in Seattle I was dying of thirst when I was seated and the waiter still managed to serve drinks to the party beside us who arrived shortly after us(!) before he thought to bring water. I would never snap my fingers but his tip rate started declining from then on. High(er) end restaurant but the service was surprisingly poor. The waitress who served me lunch at the more low brow restaurant earlier that day was awesome. She got a great tip.
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    Jul 21, 2015 11:38 PM GMT
    mouillepoint saidThe other day, a fucking guest clicked her fingers at me.

    Instead of ignoring the cunt, I went to the table. All she wanted was a fucking glass of water.

    Clearly her and her idiot husbands first time in a smart restaurant.
    And this is why I no longer work in the restaurant industry (used to own one with an ex).

    Aside from the 24/7 workload of dealing with paperwork, etc., customers can be down right rude. You shoulda walked over to the table, bitch-slapped the bitch, and beat the fuck out of her husband for supporting such a spoiled brat.

    Then again, if her husband was hot, you shoulda sexed him in front of her just to show her how a real man handles such embarrassing situations. icon_biggrin.gif