A Rant…About Inattentive Servers

Prompt: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)

Just a forewarning, this is going to be random.

There is nothing that pisses me off more than an inattentive server. Don’t get me wrong, I am totally understanding when I see that the restaurant is busy and the server is running all over the place. But what I can not tolerate is an empty restaurant and the server just plain slacking.

Before I tell you the main thing that pisses me off, I should tell you that I used to be a server for three years. So perhaps I am comparing myself to every other server, but it is what it is. Oh and just to clarify, I am in no way, shape or form saying that I was the server of all servers. I wouldn’t go that far, but I was pretty decent.

I understood that part of the reason people go out is for the experience. They want to be waited on hand and foot and as a server, that is your job. So if somebody orders ribs, you better bring wet wipes. If they order steak, please bring some A1 Sauce. If they order a burger, offer to get them some mustard. They may not like A1 sauce or mustard, but it’s the thought that counts. Show them you are paying attention. Anticipate their every need and it will pay off.

But if you are or have ever been a server those are just the basic things…or at least I hope. Let me tell you the thing that gets me going every time I’m out.

Picture this: You are out. You are not even at a fancy restaurant. Let’s say you are at a chain restaurant and you have a taste for some wings. Yummy, right? You order a raspberry ice tea. Boom, it’s at your table in a matter of minutes. Your appetizer comes in an appropriate time, if you order one. And now your server is bringing your wings. Yes! Your glass is half full. You are tearing up your wings, dipping them and celery into blue cheese (or ranch) and you are loving it. Time goes by and guess what, you are now making that annoying sound with the straw that kids normally make when their cup is empty.

Now should you have to hunt your waitress down when you are dying of thirst? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

A good server would have seen that your glass was almost empty when she brought your wings and should have been making her way to the kitchen or bar to get you a refill. I am just saying!

Oh and I know that may have made me sound like a bit of a jerk. I am never nasty to servers. I don’t argue, cause scenes, get managers (actually I did that once and that server deserved it) or anything like that. I am always chill about it. I am simply telling you something that I have observed over the years that makes me boil inside (only inside).