Don’t Say This to Someone in Food Service

Alternate post title: What I Learned This Summer

1. “I’m gonna have (insert type of food here.) Is it good?” Do you really think I’d tell you if it was bad? Why would a restaurant sell food that is bad? There is so much wrong with this question. Instead, try “What would you suggest?” or “What is your favorite?”

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2. “Having a hard time counting back that change, huh?” I’ve actually counted back change 50 times today without problem. I just forgot how much your bill was. Thank you for that confidence booster, bud.

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3.  “I need a refill, but I already threw away my cup when I was here three hours ago.” Um… I’m still confused about this.

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4. “I ordered tea, not sweet tea.” YOU ARE IN THE SOUTH, MA’AM. “Tea” is sweet unless stated otherwise.

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5. “It’s so hard to eat out healthy.” But why do you act annoyed at me because of this?

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6. “What sides do you have?” Please refer to the menu.

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7. “Working hard today?” Please don’t ask this. Just don’t.

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8. “What is this?” *points to food or beverage* Please just say what is wrong with your order instead of expecting me to read your mind or guess.

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9. (Anything that could be taken as you making a pass at an employee.) Need I say more? I’ve never been more uncomfortable than when men I’ve never met give me creepy compliments or wink every time you make eye contact with them.

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10. “Hi! How are ya’ll?” “I’ll take a Coke.” Don’t worry, I was just trying to be nice. (Shoutout to Allison W. for reminding me that this is a daily encounter.)

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11. This isn’t actually something to be verbalized, but leave a tip. Anyone who is waiting on your table makes less than minimum wage (a lot less in most cases). Please try to leave at least a 15% tip as a general rule.

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