I've got news for people who think that it's okay to look down on their server and think that they're better than them, those days are out like A-Rod's testosterone count. (Too soon?)
And in case some of you are wondering, when I say the word "server," I am encompassing the service industry as a whole. Servers, bartenders, bussers, food-runners, hosts, etc. Now that we are on the same page, those of you who think your job is better, or that I have this job is because I don't have a college education, or don't have goals in my life... Eat Glass!
If you've been listening to my podcast, (CLICK HERE,) I have touched on this issue with many of my guests. Truth be told, with tips, I make more per hour than a lot of 9 to 5'ers make in 18 months of work. And the reason why? I have become good at showing people a good time.
With the skill set that I have, I could literally pack my bags tomorrow, fly across the world, and find employment at some bar, or restaurant. The other day, I had some accountant lady bark orders at me, and acted intellectually superior towards me and my co-workers. If that lady were fired tomorrow, she would not have the same ability to find a job as easily as I or anybody else who works in the service industry could. Unless of course there's a huge shortage of asshole accountants that I'm unaware of.
Many of us (servers) have college educations. Or better yet, many servers work a 9 to 5 job, AND also work in the service industry.
Servers have to learn menus, food descriptions, allergens, alcohols, wines, and what goes with what. We've heralded engagements, break-ups, successful business deals, and award winning Oscar parties. We've waited on royalty, celebrities, complainers, people who don't speak English and we can only communicate with them by pointing and charades, people who want breakfast at dinner, vegans (UHG,) people who don't tip, people who are generous, and Persians.
No matter what; we've seen it all, served them all, and at times, wanted to be with them all. So the next time you feel inclined to say, "you're just a server," think again. We probably make more money than you, and work less hours doing it, and put up with all of your crap to be justified to earn it.
Until next time... Server's don't pay their rent with compliments.
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