Being a 31 year old man, serving tables can be somewhat of a test when it comes to composure, humility and patience. What really helps me deal with stuck-up customers, who think they’re better than me, is the confidence in knowing they don’t know a damn thing about me. I got this part time gig to improve my life. My days usually go like this:
- Work on my at-home web development and marketing business.
- Workout at the gym.
- Work 4 hours at a restaurant.
- Free Time.
Do I want to or feel like I have to explain this to every asshole I wait on…….nope. So, I just take a deep breath, smile, and let people act like jerks. A fine example of this would be this older guy I waited on yesterday.
This guy was a heavy-set, 50 (or so) year old man. He was very aggressive from start to finish. Everything he asked for was in a tone that said “I’m intimidated by you but I realize you’re stuck at work, and I need to look cool in front of my company, so I’ll exploit your position by talking to you like a slave.” Fine by me. You’re not going to rattle me one bit. We both know you wouldn’t have the nerve to talk to me like that outside of this restaurant. It’s okay.