Waiting on people is not an easy job. People expect you to be perfect and cheerful at all times, and tend to blame you for any mistakes made by the kitchen. The hours are often long and the pay unreliable. And on top of all that, waitresses must often deal with the additional trouble of gross and aggressive male customers harassing (and even assaulting or stalking) them.
National Waitstaff Day falls on May 21 every year, but no matter when you visit a restaurant, you can (and should) make the lives of waitresses easier by following these guidelines from nine anonymous waitresses I talked to via Tumblr.
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