21 things servers hate, and some that bartenders hate

Buzzfeed has the 21 things every server hates. My favorite one is no 21. I have seen worse

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I think the two worst examples I ever saw, was a dollar left on a $67 tab, on a credit card, and trust me, this is a good waitress who got it, and 31 cents, left, again on a credit card for a 54.69 tab, ans of course their kids left a mess from Hell. Some people should just not go out to eat, that is all there is to it.

Now, some things a bartender hates. 

#1 The guy, who orders a shot and says “hook me up”. I have heard that one, or some variation of it about 850 times over the years. Number of times the guy actually tips, well, if anything? ZERO! So basically, this douche nozzle wants you to risk your job over pouring his drink, for a buck, if that much?

#2 The camper. This is the person who sits at your bar, eats, has a drink, or two, then sits, and sits, and… takes up a seat when you have people lined up waiting for seats.

#3 The patron who wants you to wait on them, and them only, although you have 15 other guests at your bar, and a service well to make drinks for. This is the person who needs something constantly. They are also the person who orders their burger, or salad, and THEN after they get it start the modifications to their order.

#4 Mr, or Ms Cell Phone. They sit at the bar, yacking on their phone. Do you let them be? Do you try to use sign language to ask them what you can get them? Then, after you get them a drink, and their order placed, everyone at the bar must listen to their obnoxious phone conversation for the next 30 minutes.

#5  And this is the most hated by far. It is the people you converse with, their drink is always refilled, or new drink made, they never wait for anything. They run up a good sized bill. They thank you, compliment you, but tip 10%. 

Another quick one for you. Had a girl a few years ago, sat, drink, ate, all the time talking to a guy at the bar. Telling him about her job, as a server. Bitching about folks that tip 10%, over and over. Wanna guess what she tipped? Less than the dreaded 10%. How badly I wanted to ask her why. But, most people tip well, no complaints. And, yes, I have lots of bad service stories too, believe me. 

 

 

Great advice for drinkers

Bring the Heat brings some fine pointers for those who might, you know, knock back a few this season. Read them all but these are my favorites!

8. When the bartender is slammed, resist the powerful urge to order a slightly-dirty, very-dry, in-and-out, super-chilled half-and-half martini with a lemon twist. Limit orders to beer, straight shots and two-part cocktails.

28. If you can’t afford to tip, you can’t afford to drink in a bar. Go to the liquor store.

30. Never complain about the quality or brand of a free drink.

66. Asking a bartender what beers are on tap when the handles are right in front of you is the equivalent of saying, “I’m an idiot.”

67. Never ask a bartender “what’s good tonight?” They do not fly in the scotch fresh from the coast every morning.

One I would add is this. NEVER, EVER tell the bartender to “hook you up”. People who say that expect extra booze and never tip well if they tip at all. Get your drink, tip well, and you will be remembered next round!

Oh, and NEVER whistle or snap your fingers at the bartender, unless you want to be ignored!