Tips for diners

When a person goes into a restaurant to eat, the servers and others who work there are there because it is their job. They work to pay their bills, to take care of their families’ needs. They choose to work, not draw welfare.

 

Some are single parents, and some are going to school so they can get a better job. They make less than $2.50 an hour. They do the best job they can.

That job depends on how busy they are, so sometimes your food is a little slower than other times. Each server is given a group of tables they are responsible for. They cannot arbitrarily take another server’s table just because, without asking. That server hopefully will have customers sitting there also.

The hostess sits you according to the number of people you say are with you. If you tell her you have eight adults and one child, then when you are being seated and six more children show up, you should not blame the server and scream that she is a racist bigot because you weren’t truthful or your situation changed.

Being white, black, Chinese, Spanish or any other ethnic background does not give you the right to be ugly to someone. Others see you, and may not understand it is you who are in the wrong, not the server. Consequently she is stiffed by other customers and, already beyond tired, has to pay the rest of the day for your very uneducated actions.

So regardless of how you feel, or whatever, treat your server with respect as he or she is required to do with you, and remember they to have rules to follow that are for everyone’s benefit. Your experience will be a lot better, and when you pay your bill remember the normal amount to tip is 15 percent at least.

It’s sad when they work hard all day and have to borrow gas money to get home and back to work the next day. Pretend they are your child, your brother or sister or maybe even your mother or your best friend.

If you can’t afford the tip, go to a fast food restaurant.

Rebecca A Pittman

Belvedere, S.C.

 

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