Monday, August 24, 2009

The Level


When it comes to waiting on restaurant patrons, I think you either come to the table with it (no pun intended) or you begin to reach it after some time. It's this invisible line that, unless you have the patience of a kindergarten teacher, you eventually will cross over. It's the level. You no longer show up to every table, starry-eyed and smiling cheek to cheek. You understand that waiting tables isn't your career and that if this restaurant doesn't work out, you can walk right out and right back into the one next door. Your heart begins to harden as child after child drops crushed cheerios and squishes mayo packets onto the floor, into carpets, and in between bench seat cushions. Your faith in humanity falters as matured adults show less class than their cheerio crushing, mayo packed smushing offspring. A little crack appears your outer shell, threatening to splinter, and your eyes no longer retain their spark.
Ladies and gentlemen, I have reached this level.

5 comments:

AK said...

Dear god- me. too.

Anonymous said...

Wow!! sounds like your gonna go postal! Maybe you should seek some professional help violence is not the answer! LOL

Anonymous said...

No question it is tough on anyone, and takes extra abilities if you're working at a place like Hooters, where the service is the main draw, along with some other qualities that make for additional challenges. I always say: if its making you miserable, you shouldn't let it get to you any longer, if you can avoid it. No one can or should put up with it forever. On the other hand, I think the key to making it work is knowing why you're there: it can be a great job if you're figuring out what else you want to do, or you need to make some extra money on the way to wherever you're going. But even then, most people are going to break at some point. That's the nature of the business.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Your reward is the loot you walk out with every night. Imagine for a second you are a zookeeper and you are feeding the chimpanzees for a moment.lol

G.H. said...

dude, me too!!