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10 More Things I’ve Learned in Food Service


I’m still working in a restaurant, and I’m still serving. But, like this post I wrote earlier, I’ve learned a lot by working there. My last day for the summer was yesterday, and I’m going to miss it (only for my coworkers though). Here are 10 more things I’ve learned this summer by being a waitress:

  1. You get really good at rolling silverware.
  2. You know how to handle a table of fifteen teenagers by yourself.
  3. You can multitask like nobody’s business. Oh, table 31 needs their check? Let me grab 33’s drinks, check on 42 and get ice cream orders for 43 at the same time.
  4. You find time for yourself to eat when you need it. (Or, as I do it, claim the time that I’m eating my ‘smoke break’ so nobody bothers me)
  5. Even when the customer is completely, 100% wrong, and complains about every single thing and is genuinely a crappy person, you know that unfortunately, what they say is technically ‘right’.
  6. You learn to fake smile when customers try to flirt with you or make jokes, even if they are beyond annoying. That carbon copy grin may earn you an extra ten dollars.
  7. You can creatively carry five glasses, two or three sundae cups and a couple of plates in your arms without any hassle.
  8. If you don’t carry at least five pens with you, you may be screwed by the end of the night.
  9. Some coworkers are out to get you, and some will always have your back, no matter what.
  10. You realize that even though you dislike people very much, it’s all worth it to have a wad of cash in your pocket after a 10 hour shift.

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