(Re post from July 8th, 2007.)
The question that soooo many of us who have plowed through the numerous restaurant and bar jobs have heard before... Are you an actor too?
Whenever I was asked this, I was amazed at how quickly I could justify blowing somebody up.
"Your honor, my client was merely telling the customers the specials of the day, when unsuspectingly, all of there heads exploded. He was amazed that he wasn't hurt."
Customers seem to think that colleges have offered degrees and courses in serving and bartending. Although I did go to UC Santa Barbara, (where bartending was more like an elective,) and I haven't check the class schedule at Devry lately, for the most part, most of us found that the restaurant job allowed us to make a living while pursuing our other endeavors.
I would love to see the day when I run into an aspiring accountant waiting tables at a restaurant waiting for his big "accountant" break!
And as my mom always would tell me, "It is a means to an end." Although sometimes I have to wonder... who's end? So let's keep that in mind after you've had a hard day at the office, and now you are out in a restaurant. (Which is supposed to be ENJOYABLE!) Now you are at your server's office, or your bartender's, or whomever's. Just because they are working hard for your tip, doesn't mean that your attitude should be included with it. Check your attitudes at the door with your coats.
Remember, Bartenders/Servers don't pay their rent with compliments.
Until next time,
Bitter? Party of one. Your table is ready.