Been in the business for 30 years…

I was in the business for 30 years. I have served, bartended, cooked and was a manager. I can honestly say that any church group whether it was on Sunday or not was not always a pleasure to wait on. We will stick to Sundays for right now. A lot of Sunday patrons come in groups. The first problem is they never know how many people are in there group. they say 6 and 15ppl show up. This not only takes up 1 servers whole section it can be very disrupting to the restaurant as a whole. Needless to say that now nobody has any idea when everybody will be showing up so part of the group orders and then the rest of the group shows up and they want drinks like now. You can see where I’m going with this. That is just 1 problem. Well to say the least this group does not eat together and the person that feels they are the host of this LAST MINUTE get together is complaining to management because he or she feels the server could have done a better job of getting everything together so his group could enjoy a meal ALL together. Anyway even though this group is paying separately now comes the real problem EVERYBODY wants to pay at once.  Now I’m not saying that all groups are like this, but most groups on Sundays are… Now I have not even mentioned the tips yet.. Most restaurant’s add 18% to parties over 8, but this still is a problem because half of these people shared food or had a dinner salad so needless to say for a party of 15 this server was lucky if they made 10.00 dollars for  a party that took up there entire section for 2 hrs because after they paid there bill they wanted to sit and talk.. Hence this server made 15.00 dollars on aSunday lunch shift.. Which with there hourly wage and after there tipout they made for 5 hours of work a total of 22.00. So if you break it down they made 5.20 an hour and was told they could have done better…  I could go on and on of all the bad stories I have they do out way the good ones…I guess what people need to remember is the wage a server makes is 2.13 an hour and after they claim there tips each day there check is used to pay THERE TAXES. Most servers don’t even get a check they live off there tips. So be kind servers are people they are not servants for hire when you go out to eat… They are just trying to make a living to feed there families, and just because they  are working on Sunday does not mean they don’t believe on God it just means they need to make extra money to make ends meet. So giving them a lecture or a religious pamphlet for a tips is not helping…

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  1. wow, such a great post and coming from the years of experience you’ve had, it really shows from the serving community’s perspective. I thought I did really well going out to eat. I thought I tipped okay, was polite and treated our server well…but when I ready stories like yours…I recall how many times I’ve made the same offenses you mentioned like showing up with a group of 15 (unannounced or at the last minute) feeling a little put off because we couldn’t ALL sit together (God forbid that happens haha!) and worse, camping out for 2 hours after the meal.
    I’ll be honest, I’m guilty of all each of those offenses! Reading from your perspective, you can bet things will change. I was just totally oblivious to what I was doing. Please accept our apologies from Preaching Christ Church for any time that a server has been rude or inconsiderate toward you. Thank you again for sharing your experience. – Pastor Chad Roberts

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