Eric, a server in a bar located in California, is considering falling back on his Bachelor of Arts degree. He’s becoming increasingly frustrated and decided to vent a little by sharing his difficult night at work. He got the old Everything Is Fine Until The Bill Comes treatment for a large group of guests. This is all too typical behavior in this industry.
Another one of those wonderful weekend nights at my major corporate restaurant (see “Talladega Night”) night time run as bar server.
So, I go in late night to work the 8pm- 1 am shift ( late night). It’s dead as hell I mean a ghost town… so the manager cuts the floor server so it’s just ME , the bartender , 1 host, and manager. Right after the main server leaves BAM literally 50+ people walk in. Party of 12 party of 10 8 6 6 6 6 4 4 4 4 2 2 2 2 all withing like 10 minutes. Oh let’s just seat them all HEY!! no wait list or anything.
I barely hang on, and I mean barely. I am a strong server. I’m going Macguyver mode improving drink garnishes and shit buying jello shots anything to keep my head above water. The party of 12 just cripples me…I finally get out of the weeds and they decide to play musical chairs..WEEEEEE
SO now guest # 4 is where # 8 was
#11 is where # 2 was
not to mention oh 11 is with 4 and 5
12 is with 1 2 8
Not to mention this bartender is HOPELESS and new to our store. His rail is empty and he takes 3 tables on the floor and is GOING DOWN. SO i tally up the checks for the party of 12 while it starts to die down.
“OH! I never ordered this, I had 2 pitchers” “OH! I didn’t even eat that it was disgusting”
keep in mind it’s now 1:15 a.m 15 mins past closing. I just start to chip away at the tab by closing out the people I knew. The whole time these “ethnics” are talking shit saying I’m a terrible server etc etc., All after being buddy buddy with me and nice.
Total Comp: $94.xx
Total Bill : $254.38
Total Tip: $3.00
Total Tip Percentage: 1.18%
After every weekend being like this the past 2 months….I’m seriously reassessing my career. Thanks god I have a BA. I vowed that when i become a multimillionaire I am going to buy this store and demolish it.