Reader’s Digest on Waiters’ Secrets


We’ve had 100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do, and the rebuttal, 100 Things Restaurant Owners Should Never Do. Well, stop the presses, because Reader’s Digest has waded in to the mix, with Secrets Your Waiter Won’t Tell You.

Some of these are pretty self-evident to anyone who’s ever been out to a restaurant–like if you’re extra-nice to your server, he or she might leave a drink off the tab. The skim milk you request might really be two percent, the decaf not decaf, the vegetarian stock really chicken, and so on. Others are less intuitive: One server says that the pizza chain where she works puts sugar on all the kids’ meals, and another says that asking for hot tea will make your server hate you, because apparently making that beverage is a huge pain in the ass.

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