5 Simple Ways to Avoid Bothering Your Waiter

There are very few occupations in the world that involve an extraordinary amount of trust. Doctors, lawyers, police, and firefighters are all trusted to do their jobs to the best of their ability or else there could be dire consequences. Though it maybe funny to think, waiters and waitresses should be added to this list as well.


Think about it for a moment. These men and women, most of who are making below minimum wage and relying on tips to survive, are directly in charge of your food. They spend a good deal of time with your food before it comes to you. Customers trust their waiters and waitresses to not mess with their plates. There is a high level of trust involved. Nobody wants to think about his or her dinner being dropped on the floor or spit in. Is there a way to make sure this doesn’t happen?

Yes, there is. At all costs, do not bother your server in any way. Following these five rules will go a long towards ensuring your food remains spit-free.

Mind your manners.

Say please and thank you. Make eye contact when ordering. Remember that your waiter is a human being struggling to survive for probably $3 an hour. Being rude will only make them vengeful and vindictive.

Don’t ask numerous stupid questions.

Have a legitimate question about how the food is prepared? Fire away. Do you want to know what the cow ate? Chances are your server doesn’t know. Try not to annoy him or her by peppering them with numerous unanswerable questions.

Don’t ask for an outrageous special order.

If you have an allergy to something, don’t worry about asking the chef to prepare something a different way. If you’re just a picky eater and you don’t want the cashew-encrusted chicken encrusted with cashews, order something else.

Refrain from mentioning you’re a big tipper.

Every human on the face of the planet knows this one truth: if you have to try to impress people by bragging, you’re probably lying about something. And God help you if you claim to be a big tipper, neglect to tip well, and return to the same restaurant.

Understand that your server is busy and it might take a little while to get your water with lemon.

You know how frustrated you get when your boss doesn’t care how busy you are and keeps piling work onto your already swamped desk? Don’t be the hypocrite that treats your waiter with disrespect because you aren’t satisfied with how quickly you get your beer. Look around you. You’re not the only one in the restaurant. Try to cut them a little slack.