9 Things Your Waitress Desperately Wishes You Knew

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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.

Submissions have been edited for grammar, clarity, and style. Names have been removed for privacy.

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1 / 9

"Stop hitting on me even if you're my age and attractive. It makes me uncomfortable, but I cannot tell you that because I'm at work. I do not care if you think I'm pretty — it doesn't make my day to hear that."

2 / 9

"Please remember that you aren't the only customer I'm taking care of. You are not the center of my world for the 1.5 hours that we interact."

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3 / 9

"Keep your children in their seats and clean up their messes. Or give me a tip that makes cleaning shredded paper out of carpet worthwhile."

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4 / 9

"Please be a little understanding that this job is 100% about multitasking and mistakes happen and will be fixed."

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"Please don’t compliment my boobs. I am 16, you are 60."

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6 / 9

"If you need more time with the menu, just say so. I could be running food or refilling drinks instead of awkwardly standing in front of you while you ignore me."

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7 / 9

"Don't come in 15 minutes before we close and stay an hour after. I've been on my feet for 8 hours without a break and I want to go home."

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8 / 9

"Know. Your. Alcohol. Limit."

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9 / 9

"Please do not touch me, whether it is grabbing my wrist or wrapping an arm around me. Unless I have known you for years and go to hug YOU, don’t touch me."

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LINDSEY WEEDSTON

Lindsey Weedston is NOT a social justice warrior. Clearly, her class is bard, with extra points in stealth and a little taken out of charisma. She's also a HUGE nerd, and can often be found gushing about video games. She even participated in a LARPing exercise once. Not nerdy enough to know what that is? Google it. You'll see.

Lindsey is a life-long feminist and writer and likes to color in adult coloring books with gel pens. She writes on LGBT+ and mental health issues, and will ruin your favorite childhood TV show with her feminism. Nothing you love is safe. Have a nice day!

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