place settingWe know waiters and waitresses work extremely hard and deserve our respect. I mean, most of them do. And everyone has a bad day at work. If I were to compose a list of things waiters and waitresses do that I LOVE, it would be a super-long list. And I should definitely do that soon. But hey, it's fun to complain about stuff! So here's our list of the most annoying things wait staff do at restaurants.

  1. Sighing when you take too long to decide what you want to order. I'm thinking! There are 1,000 items on this menu. Give me a second here.
  2. Being overly friendly. Everyone appreciates a warm, personable waiter. But sometimes they're a little too friendly -- like the guy who once squatted by my table just to shoot the breeze a while before taking our orders.
  3. Frowning disapprovingly at what you ordered. YES, I ordered a red wine to go with my fish. SO WHAT? You don't have to drink it!
  4. Giving vague answers to your questions. "What do you recommend?" "Oh, everything's good here." "Is that stir-fry dish spicy?" "Kind of." "What is the oxtail cooked with?" "Oxtail."
  5. Coming by every five minutes to ask how everything is -- especially when you're having an intense conversation.
  6. Disappearing for long periods of time so you feel forgotten. The other extreme.
  7. Not helping you find a high chair or booster seat when you obviously need one and the restaurant obviously provides them.
  8. Telling you not to breastfeed at the table, or telling you to cover up.
  9. Rushing your courses. You've just had three bites of your appetizer and your entree is already here. You're halfway through your entree and dessert arrives. "Oh, here, I'll just set it here at the edge of your table, but no rush, really." Can you please tell the kitchen that I'd like to chew and swallow my food?
  10. Calling you "fat" or leaving other mean comments on your bill.
  11. Writing in their own tip. No, you can't do that!

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Do you have any restaurant pet peeves?

 

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