If you’ve been following my blogs at all you would know that I recently got forced into a job by my lovely mother for finding booze in my closet and I got one as a server. It’s been a couple of weeks now and it has been interesting to say the least.
Had My First Real Bad Experience…
So anyone who has worked as a server or any real customer service for the matter will agree that it is inevitable that you will have to deal with a fair share of animals. When I say animals, I mean people with absolutely zero regard to common human decency and hold themselves on a pedestal that they are better than you, period.
I have had a few tables and customers that give a little attitude here and there which I really don’t mind too much. We all have bad days and sometimes you just can’t help but be in a bad mood or whatever. I get it. But tonight I had a guy that was so rude and condescending to me that I was genuinely speechless for the first time in my life.
Alright, What Happened This Time?
So this guy came in to our restaurant today and he was by himself and sat in my section. Alright buddy you are by yourself. Sit at the bar like any normal person would going out to a restaurant by themselves and don’t take up a table that can seat 4 people and cost me money while you sit there chugging your water and all of it’s free refill glory knowing that you are going to leave me 2 dollars when I could be making 20 off a real table. What’s wrong? No one wants to enjoy your lovely company out to dinner with you? Awwww poor guy…
I’m only being mean to this guy because he deserves every bit of it, trust me.
So like the lovely gentlemen and his well done burger that I told you about before (see here), the dapper old man from last night came in at around 6:30 which is our busiest time. The guy orders a water and after I bring it to him he asks for a lemon. So i make a second trip to get him a slice of lemon. Next time I’m at the table:
Old Guy- “Hey buddy, when I say bring me LEMONS with an S at the end of it, that would imply I want more than 1 lemon, right?”
Me- “Oh, I’m sorry sir I honestly thought you just asked me for a slice of lemon let me go grab you some more.”
Old Guy- “Well it’s great to see that you understand the English language so I know it’s not me, now would you mind go and grabbing me those plural lemon slices?”
So at this point I am FUMING. I don’t say a word to him and just walk away to get him the lemons. By the time I got back to the table he was talking to my manager about how they need to hire more competent staff and I have no business working in customer service and blah blah #^!%ing BLAHHHHHHH!!!!!
We Are People Too…
My manager knew right away that this guy was a psychotic ass and took care of his meal for him but actually asked the guy to leave for being so disrespectful. As the guy was walking out he comes up to me and says,
“Maybe try school and see if you can’t find a real job that requires a little bit of education and people skills, you might learn something buddy.”
He actually called me buddy. For not getting him more than 1 lemon slice. I’ve never wanted to throw a brick at someones face so bad in my life but I held back and simply smiled at him and told him to have a good night sir.
I don’t know why people think that servers are just people who failed at school and have no other real skills. This ThinkProgress Article explains how more and more college graduates are forced into lower paying jobs more frequently these days. It sucks but people just don’t understand. I’ve never been so mad at anyone in my life before…
Stay tuned to hear what other maniacs I have to deal with!