There is no doubt that the recent events one of the largest suffering groups in the workforce has been those who serve us as waiters and waitresses. With all the closures these workers have had no work to go to, since their income depends on the tips they get they have had no income at all. Since I write these in advance of the actual day I can only hope by now that many of these people are back to work. But we have to remember that they have suffered, that they often have families and children of their own and bills that have to be paid. So if you are out eating, hopefully you are, please remember what they have gone through and take care of them as they take care of you.
How to celebrate – Tip you waiter or waitress. Treat your waiter or waitress the same as you would want to be treated. Be thankful you have an income to be able to eat out.
Well, if you don’t like leaving tips, stay inside today! this is National Waiters and Waitresses Day and good tips are expected!. (For good service naturally)
If you have never been a waiter or waitress I can tell you from personal experience, it’s a tough job. Just balancing trays is a job in its own right but having to deal with each and every persons personality, the other waiters and waitresses, the kitchen staff, the chefs, the management and the occasional skipped payment makes it a stressful position to maintain.
When the food isn’t to your liking, comes out late or the air conditioning is too high or too low, who gets the blame? Add to all that, they are people just like the rest of us and have the exact same sort of stress the rest of us go through on a daily basis. But they are always expected to be cheerful, prompt and efficient.
And remember the old days when drive through meant drive in? Girls in roller skates coming out to your car to take your oder and returning with those trays that hung on your window? Not only did they have to wait on you but they had to know how to roller skate pretty well. I have a hard enough time walking and chewing gum at the same time.
And then there are those girls that look so much better than the food you are being served. They always seemed to get better tips even if they forgot to bring the food at all!
How to celebrate – Make sure you give your waiter-waitress a good tip if you go out today. Maybe even take them a small gift, not in place of money because they work on tips for the most part. Be nice to your waiter or waitress, they are working hard for their money.