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16 Ways To Avoid Being A Jerk To Your Server

Good service requires good manners. Here are a few ways to avoid disrespecting your server & prevent an overall dreadful dining occasion:

1. Do not blame your server if the restaurant is out of something.



2. Also, you should acknowledge that your server is not a magician. They cannot abra-cadabra what you want into existence.




3. You only need to tell them about a birthday once. Trust me, they got it the first time.




4. Do not attempt to needle your server into giving you free things, because “Yes. It does cost extra.” They are just doing their job.




5. Do not switch tables without asking your server first.




6. Do not gripe at your server for the cost. They don’t make the prices.




7. Do not be accusatory. The customer is not always right, and believe it or not you are just as likely to make a mistake as your server is.




8. Do not ask to talk to the manager unless your server tells you that you will require the manager.




9. If you really, really want to talk to the manager, fkindly ask your server to talk to the manger instead of hunting one down.




10. Do not show up right before closing time.




11. Do not snap, whistle or shout at your server to get their attention. Patience is a virtue.




12. Do not forget to tip. Forgetting to tip makes you the worst kind of person.



13. Do not expect your server to recognize every time you need something. Just ask nicely.




14. As a rule, do not hit on your server. They are at work.




15. Don’t threaten your server. Ever.




16. Don’t be aggressive over food. Ever.



Madeline Myers is a 2020 graduate of the University of Akron. She has a B.A. English with a minor in Creative Writing. At Her Campus, Madeline enjoys writing movie and TV reviews. Her personal essay “Living Room Saloon” is published in the 2019 issue of The Ashbelt. Madeline grew up in Zanesville, Ohio. She loves quoting comedians, reading James Baldwin, and sipping on grape soda. She fears a future run by robots but looks forward to the day when her stories are read by those outside of her immediate family.
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