What Happened to Waitresses?
Mar. 1, 2012 8:19 am
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 4:13 am
Back in the day, a waitress would seat you, wipe off the table, take your drink order, bring your drink order, take you order for apps and the meal, and actually bring it out; then they would ask if you wanted dessert, bring it to you if you wanted it,
then give you the check and ring you up at the till. They would also bus the dishes and clean off the table and reset it.
Here is what we have now:
One of the six of the hosts/hostess' take you to your table and ramble off the specials and try to get you to order a drink (spendy drink too), tell you the name of your server then poof...their gone. Out comes the bread boy who gives you a basket of rolls
or a cutting board w/ a tiny loaf of bread for you to saw and hand out. Next comes the water boy who pours your water and shuffles off to the next thirsty bunch. Now the server pops out and tells you again what the specials are and gets you order for beverages
Someone else brings you the beverages and apps and then your server pops out again to get your food order. The food order goes in and someone else comes out to get your plates-and its not the water boy the host or the bread person-not even the pepper boy.
Your food arrives, you are warned not to touch the plates because the are hot-again from someone other than your server- and then your server comes around to ask if everything is tasting good, dropping off the check as another bus person comes to clear away
the dishes while you are eating. They come back around one more time to get the check-ask if you need change(an obvious hint for the tip)
Now-the question is who gets tipped and how much? You were served and treated by at least 5 people, you saw the server maybe 3 times and they probably only have 3 or 4 tables to serve during the night. Is there a disparity in the money you are giving the
server? Do they split it up amongst the help? Is there a big jar in back that gets the money, and it is split evenly? Is there going to be an #Occupy movement for the 99% who work and don't get tipped? Is this why labor costs are so high? And why food
prices are going up in restaurants?
I love waitresses and all that they do, but I kind of miss the old days when the 60 year old waitress with the surly attitude and the whiskey voice took care of you and 25 other patrons and gave you pie and coffee like it was the last rights. Ah but I long
for the days of yore.....
Your thoughts are welcome in this forum. Have a wonderful day