Serving can be a tough job, but despite that, most servers are attentive, friendly, and professional. Some, however, are quite the opposite.
Some, as you’ll read about in the following stories, do almost nothing yet demand a higher tip, insult customers in foreign languages, and flirt with men right in front of their girlfriends.
Scroll down to read 40 stories about waiters from hell.
40. Too Bad We Understand You
We went to a Mexican restaurant recently and had an overall good experience. The food was good, the service was prompt, and the server was friendly. We normally are generous tippers (I’m a former server myself) and we don’t go out often, so it’s usually 20 percent or higher.
We were fixing to leave and our waitress said to another waitress in Spanish, “Glad these white people are leaving; it’s making our restaurant look bad.” Too bad for her; Spanish was my husband’s first language. We then wrote “Think before you insult the people who are going to pay you” on the receipt, in Spanish.
39. “Common Sense”
At Applebee’s, I had an average waitress. She wasn’t extravagant, but she seemed nice enough, brought what we asked for and filled my drink a couple of times. I received my check and paid by card. I never carry cash, so I usually just fill in the “tip” section when signing my receipt. I write in the recommended tip amount and get up to leave, but she stops me at the door.
In the brattiest tone I’ve ever heard, she says, “Excuse me? You know we get crap for pay, right? Usually, it’s common sense to tip when you go out to eat.” I tell her that I DID leave a tip, and march off to show her. I’m guessing she either didn’t check the receipt or just assumed that no cash on the table meant no tip. Regardless, when I got there, instead of showing her the receipt, I quickly scribbled out the tip amount and said, “Huh, I guess I DIDN’T tip you after all…” I walked away satisfied, and she just made this weird sigh/grunt sound.
38. Do The Math!
There’s this Japanese restaurant and sushi bar right across the street from my school’s campus. I went there for lunch because they had these spiffy meals, Columbia Lunch Boxes, named after the proximity to the school and students ordering it, I guess. I got my usual. The bill was $8.25, $8.97 after sales tax. The waiter brought me the check, the first thing he’s brought me quickly the whole time. It’s important to note that I was alone, and they sat me at a two-person table in the corner. So the waiter brought the check and dropped it on my table before going back to talking with the dudes at the sushi bar. I figured I’d leave $12, which was more than enough for the tip, and started to get up.
The waiter ran over, blocked my way as he picked up the check, and counted the money. The table, being in a corner against one of the walls, had only one way out of it, which meant I was trapped. Angry, he told me that I hadn’t left the tip. I told him I’d left plenty and that I’d be grateful if he got out of the way. He didn’t budge and demanded that I pay the proper 15 percent tip or else he would call the police. So I just smiled, took out my phone as I told him I’d gladly leave the 15 percent tip. After verifying with him that it was 15 percent of the $8.97, I did the math out on my phone in plain view of him. It came to $10.31. After which I apologized for my mistake of leaving more than 15 percent tip and that I’d patiently wait for him to bring back $1.69 in change. Oh, the look of unbridled fury on his face. It was priceless!
37. Some Flirty Tip Trick
Flirting for tips in front of husbands/wives is my biggest peeve about servers. While at university, my husband (then fiancé) and I were out at Cheddars and had a waitress who was obviously under the impression that only men pick up the check. The entire meal, she was flirty with my husband. It was just a little too much talking to him and not to me, touching his arm while talking about the menu, etc. At one point, she had to pick up some extra glasses and instead of asking us to hand them to her (they were on the inside of the booth), she reached over my husband – chest to face – to grab them. She brushed his face with her sweater kittens in the process.
Then, when the check came, she proudly dropped it in front of him like a dog who expects a treat for doing an awesome trick. I immediately, over-dramatically to prove the point, snatched it up and pulled out my credit card. Needless to say, she shot herself in the foot and quickly realized her mistake. Even if my husband was paying, why would flirting with him in front of me be a good idea? She must have mistaken the restaurant for Hooters because no other server there ever pulled that garbage.
36. Forgetting To Call Our Order
Me and my boyfriend love to eat Asian cuisine. We decided to go to a new Asian restaurant near where I live because we have both heard good news about it, and so we both assumed it was good…boy, were we wrong. It all started when we came through the front doors of the place. There was only one other couple eating there — it was practically empty, but there were no hosts to seat us for about 10 minutes, until we both decided to go to the kitchen and ask in a firm tone, “We’d like to be seated, please!” Turns out, all the employees were together, gathered in the kitchen, having some long conversation instead of tending to customers. We were finally seated, and shortly afterward the waitress took our orders. Half an hour had passed while we were waiting for our food, and by this time only my boyfriend had received his food. On a side note, we both saw ants, flies, and mosquitoes crawl and buzz around the place on multiple occasions. By the time my boyfriend had almost finished his food, I still hadn’t received my order. I went up to our waitress, politely saying, “Excuse me, I had ordered food quite some time ago, and I was wondering if it was ready yet.” The waitress seemed confused and asked me, “You ordered something?” A bit angered by what she said, I told her, “Yes, I did, I ordered…” and I told her what I had wanted. She told me that she was going to get my meal started and delivered to me as soon as possible. After my boyfriend had finished his meal, the waitress then brought us our drinks which were just cans of warm pop, with no ice to go with the cups she gave us. I asked her if we could have ice; she agreed to do so but never brought us any.
By the time we both got sick of sipping on our warm drinks, we decided to leave and I decided that I could just get my meal in a doggy bag. My boyfriend asked for the bill; it noted that I was charged for my meal that I didn’t get. I went up to the same waitress and asked if my meal was even done yet. Again, she gave me a puzzled look, but then realized on the spot and spoke aloud, “Oh! I forgot to tell the chef to make your meal! Do you want to wait a little bit longer?” I then told her to just forget it because I was tired of waiting. I paid for my drink, and I told them that I was not going to pay for a meal that I did not get. The waitress was confused and a bit angered that I wasn’t going to pay for something on the bill that wasn’t given to me and even said that I would be charged with theft. Really angered at this point, I told her to just “go ahead and try” and both me and my boyfriend left the place. I’m never going back there again!
35. Sorry Not Accepted
I was in New York last month. I had been staying at a hotel that had a nice bar that overlooked Times Square, so it was a good place to get a drink at the end of the night. Anyway, we were drinking in there one night, talking to some other couples at the table, and I asked the waiter for the bill. When the guy brought it over, he said, “Just to remind you, service is NOT included as you left NOTHING last time.” Then he spun on his heels and walked off.
I called him back over and explained that I always tip 20%. He stood there and said, loudly, “No, last time you left NOTHING.” I told him to go fetch the bill from our earlier drinks at about 7 p.m.; it was now about 10 p.m. He was angry at this point. I was embarrassed, as it was said loud enough that other tables heard. He came back after five minutes and said sorry; it was another English couple. I told him he has ruined his tip for this time and I would expect better in a five-star hotel.
34. Little Kids Don’t Tip Well, Dear
I’m a small woman and I look younger than I am. Years and years ago, I went to lunch with a bunch of business colleagues. We were all dressed in dress clothes (if I recall correctly, I was actually wearing a suit) and my hair, nails, and makeup were all on point. When we sat down, I ordered coffee. The waitress looked at me and said, “Oh, you drink coffee?? How adorable!” Like I was a 10-year-old. I just looked at her and said, “Yeah, I drink coffee. Do you?”
When she returned to the table with our coffee and menus, she put a children’s menu in front of me with a smirk and a, ‘”Here you go, dear.” She continued to treat me like a child throughout the entire meal. When it came time to pay, I left her a ten cent tip and a note, “Little kids don’t tip well. Next time, treat me like an adult.”
33. “You Should Tip More. A Lot More”
One evening, I took my wife, my mother, my brother and his girlfriend, and my mother-in-law to a local Japanese hibachi restaurant. It had recently opened and it was the first of its kind in town. I wanted to share the experience of Japanese hibachi with my family, complete with the good food and showmanship expected in such places. However, this place was no Benihana. The cook did a respectable job actually cooking the food, but was rather desultory and made little effort to engage us or the other patrons. He just ran through a checklist of perfunctory tricks with no effort to entertain, as if it was just something he had to do to get through the moment.
Still, I was prepared to tip the guy because the food was good and the guy might have just been new. We went to leave and the waitress ran up with our bills and told us that we “didn’t tip enough. You should tip more. A lot more.” I took one look at her while my wife looked at me and said, “Did she just really say that?” I said yep, and took the bill back. I scratched out the tip (I hadn’t tipped on the card thankfully) while keeping eye contact with the waitress. I then instructed my brother, who witnessed this, to do the same. He reached over and removed his cash from his bill as well. We placed the no-tip-having bills back on the bar and left, never to return.
32. Re-Entry Not Allowed
I was at a Red Lobster with my girlfriend once. This place closes at 11 p.m. during the week, but they lock the door at 10 p.m. A cop chills by the door to make sure no one enters, but everyone can leave. I was unaware of the early lockup time. So I got an important phone call at about 10:15 p.m., JUST as our food came to the table. Me, without a coat in the cold New York winter, got up from the table and took it outside. There were a lot of people leaving as I was doing this. I was unable to see the sign that said “No re-entry past 10” because people were chatting with the cop, blocking the sign as I walked out, coatless, on my phone. After I was done with the call, I went back in. Oh wait – no, I didn’t. The door was locked and the cop explained to me that there was no re-entry. I told him that I had a full plate of food and that his friends were blocking the sign. He was a total prick and I hope his fate is like that of the cop in “Reservoir Dogs.”
So I called my girlfriend, slipped her my card through the crack in the door to pay for the food and I told her I’d break up with her if she left any tip. The server was unwilling to try to get me back inside after she knew what happened. She told my girlfriend that I shouldn’t have gone outside to take the call. I called Red Lobster that night and demanded a refund, and of course, due to the service and the night being ruined, I demanded about $20 over my bill. About three weeks later, I got a bunch of gift certificates in the mail. I will never return to that Red Lobster. I spent them at a MUCH better Red Lobster, where our service was exquisite. I tipped 20%.
31. She Wants To Share Drinks
My husband and I were out to dinner. He enjoys a Dr. Pepper every so often. He took a sip of it, grimaced, then handed it to me. It tasted off. So the waitress came back around again and my husband asked politely for a different type of soda. The waitress then proceeded to tell us that Dr. Pepper was her favorite type of soda and she would try my husband’s soda to prove to us that nothing was wrong with it.
Who drinks out of a customer’s drink and expects them to continue to drink it? She also proceeded to give us our check WITH THE TIP FILLED OUT. We tend to be generous with tips, but we didn’t tip at all after a word with the hostess and haven’t been back since.
30. You Get Served What You Deserve
Even though we weren’t well off, my family only went out when we could pay for the food and afford a 15 percent minimum tip (20 percent if it was a decent or better server). We were at a Mexican restaurant and, as we were eating chips and salsa, we had a personal discussion in which Taco Bell was brought up as an example of garbage Mexican food in comparison to this awesome restaurant. Our server was horrible all evening. We waited 10 minutes to be greeted by the server, another 10 minutes to get our drinks and take our order. The food came out lukewarm, and we got the wrong sides for two out of three of us. Regardless, the bill came after a 20-minute wait for our waitress to show up and my parents tipped 15 percent. The thing is, they always put it UNDER the receipt bi-fold.
Apparently the waitress saw what she assumed to be a “stiff” on the tip, and she came jogging up to my mother as we walked out and said, “Next time, just go to Taco Bell.” My mom instantly went back to the table, grabbed the tip and left her some pennies. To make it evident that the waitress messed up, my mom walked out and said, “It’s obvious you don’t want a tip. I think the best thing for you is change. Maybe talking to your manager will give you the change you need.” She was fired on the spot. I kind of felt bad, but in hindsight, that was ultra unprofessional. Her co-worker who saw it all had our backs with the manager. It apparently wasn’t her first time being rude to a customer.
29. He Was Ready To Tip Her Until…
I was at Denny’s a while back with a group of friends, one being a girl I was dating, and we were the only ones in the section. Well, my waitress apparently knew her from school and hated her guts. She spilled my milkshake on me by accident, no big deal, stuff happens. She then proceeded to give me the best service I have ever had at any chain restaurant.
I was completely ready to leave her a $15 tip for a $25 meal. But as we were walking up to pay, she walked by my girlfriend and proceeded to call her a stupid bimbo. Upon hearing this, I promptly walked back to the table as she was clearing it and picked the tip right up off the table as she was reaching for it and walked away. The look on her face after busting her butt for over an hour and getting nothing because SHE messed up. Priceless.
28. Get The Tip From Your Regular Then
This was at an Irish bar/restaurant near my folks’ house. When I went there, the waitress convinced us to get Irish Slammer because they were cheap, just $4 each. I said what the heck, why not, and bought a round of slammers for my group. Otherwise, we didn’t drink much. I’m not a drinker and I was a poor college student at the time. I got the check, and it turns out on top of the ONE other drink I ordered for myself, the slammers were $7 apiece, which meant I just spent $12 more than I intended. I asked the waitress to take it off my check. She said she didn’t know how; she was sorry, but she couldn’t. She suggested that she could bring us a couple more drinks to make up for that price difference. No, I said, we’re done drinking. We’re heading home.
I then asked if I could send a couple of drinks to random strangers at the bar. I pointed to a cute guy and said, “Bring him a drink and tell him it’s from me.” She said, “Actually, I have a regular here who always tips me like 50%. He’s a good guy and a good customer. Do you mind if I just send the extra drinks to him?” At which point, I was a little astonished at her gall and I said, “Yeah, sure, whatever.” I walked out without leaving a tip because apparently her regular will do it for me. To make it worse: I left, but my friends were still there, and she went and asked my friends whether I had “forgotten” to tip her and whether they could text me and see.
27. They Didn’t Even Know How To Apologize
One night my boyfriend, my roommate and I decided to go out to dinner to a local steak and buffet restaurant. We each ordered entrées and sodas, placed the tickets on our table, and then went to the buffet line for some salads. When we returned, our tickets were still on the table. No big deal, the waitress must be busy. By the time we had finished our salads, the waitress walked by and grabbed our tickets without saying a word. She was about 5’8″ (with the height from her mullet) and covered in tattoos. After 10 minutes and no drinks, we finally flagged her down and she brought us our drinks—all wrong. We didn’t bother telling her. We waited another twenty minutes for the entrees to arrive. Without a word, she put down my boyfriend’s meal and my roommate’s meal and walked away. Ugh… okay, maybe she doesn’t know how to carry three plates, whatever. So I wait, but she didn’t return with my meal. I flagged her down as she whipped by the table and asked her if my meal was coming out. The woman grabbed my arm, leaned down over me, got up right into my face and screeched, “Why didn’t you say something sooner?! I thought you and I had an understanding?!” My eyes grew wide as I yanked my arm from her grasp. My boyfriend jumped up at that point and asked her what the heck she thought she was doing. She said that we knew each other and I should have said something sooner. I’d never met this lady before in my life.
The manager brought out my meal, cold by that point, and never said a word to apologize. As we’re finishing our meal, the same waitress started busing the table next to ours. She knocked over a half glass of orange soda all over the table. Cursing like a sailor, she made a half-hearted attempt at cleaning it up. You could still see the soda glistening on the top of the table and soda was dripping down onto the chairs. A family came and sat down but before we could warn them, their son sat in a pool of the soda. I guess they didn’t leave her a tip either.
26. From 20 To Half Real Quick!
I was having a nice meal in Turkey. I was sorting out the bill (I paid for me and a friend since I earn more. And for other reasons that aren’t important). She had left to go to the bathroom and I’m sorting my notes in my purse. The bill is like $20 and I’m planning on giving a $20 tip since it’s not the staff’s fault we both just wanted cheap salads and we had also been sat there for ages drinking and chatting.
The waiter comes over and sees me put the money for the bill on the tray, I’m literally about to grab a $20 and he goes “tip!” and shoves his hand in my face. The rudeness of the fact he demanded a tip made me half it. And believe me, if I hadn’t been English and socially awkward, I would have left no tip at all.
25. “Oh, Then Where Is My Tip?”
I went to a decent Italian restaurant on Valentine’s day with my girlfriend. The food was amazing, the waiter was attentive to our needs, and the overall atmosphere was fantastic. After we paid and as we were departing, we ended up leaving a decent-sized tip. We placed it out in the open on the table as we were leaving.
As we were exiting the door, the waiter runs up to us and asks, “Was everything fine with your meal?” I replied, “Oh, of course, everything was great. We had a wonderful time, thank you,” mildly confused as I was answering. The waiter then questions us, “Oh then where is my tip?” “Uh,” I was shocked at his attitude at this point, but pointed out that his “tip was on the table in the open.” What kind of waiter chases after the customer wondering where their tip is?
24. Was She Sorry For What She Did? Or Sorry She Got Caught?
I usually trust the waiters to have their stuff straight, so I rarely look at the bill when I get it and am paying with my card. But last summer, I was out to lunch with my brothers and decided just to pay for the whole thing and square up with them later. Food and service wasn’t anything special, but what I expected at this particular restaurant. On a whim, I looked at the check and everything looked good, so I gave the teenage waitress the bill back with my card. She came back after she ran it, and apparently, in that five minutes, she’d decided she’d like to add two more drinks to our bill.
Normally, I’m a calm, level-headed guy, but I was furious about this. I didn’t sign the bill and we just waited for her to come back, then I told her I wanted to see the manager. I wasn’t going to yell or anything, but I put on my best ticked off cop interrogation voice and told him exactly what happened, that I’d been loyal to this place for years, and never felt so much like someone was trying to take advantage of me over a few bucks. I got a gift card and a free round of drinks. The teenage girl came back and apologized, looking like she was just crying. She got $5 as opposed to the $15 I would have given her otherwise.
23. The Boobie Show
One of the biggest mistakes I’ve experienced was when I treated my friend (a guy) and boyfriend to dinner on my friend’s last night in town. The entire time the waitress was showing off her cleavage in a low cut shirt to my friend and my boyfriend probably expecting a good tip and generally giving me bad service.
I mean it was blatantly obvious; she was very prompt with their refills but often slacked on mine, and would often lean a little farther over the table than necessary when delivering food, etc. Needless to say, her face was pretty priceless when I asked for the check.
Some friends and I stopped at a brewpub/restaurant one night after band practice. It was about an hour before closing time and the place was almost deserted. We sat at a table in the bar, and a waitress took our drink order. One of my friends ordered a gin and tonic. When the waitress brought it, he took a sip and discovered the tonic was completely flat. Ugh. He told the waitress, and she took the drink back to the bar.
She returned a minute later, put his drink back on the table and said, “The bartender says it’s fine.” I said, “What?” She said, “It’s fine the way it is.” I asked, “He’s not going to replace it?” She replied, “No.” So we left. The place was out of business a few days later. I’m pretty sure all the staff knew they were out of a job and had a bad attitude.
21. Extra Tip For “Extra” Effort?
I was out with some friends at Buffalo Wild Wings earlier this year and everything seemed normal. The food was good as usual, we were enjoying our favorite Buzztime game, and all of our food and drinks were on time. Our service was great until my friend asked for a refill on his berry lemonade. When the waitress came back after what felt like half an hour, she explained to him that she had to go upstairs to the bar to get it and that he should tip her extra for getting it. We decided that we would barely tip her after that.
Later, when we went to pay for our meals and leave, the waitress took our money and didn’t return with change, assuming it was her tip. At this point, we were mad, especially my friend who paid for his $7 meal with a $20 bill. We found the manager and demanded our change back, but not before leaving one penny on the table as a tip.
20. It Took Forever Just To Get The Bill
Just last night, a bunch of friends and I went to a relatively fancy dinner ($100/person) before going to see “Skyfall.” About 45 minutes before the showtime, we asked for our checks, thinking we had plenty of time. Granted, there were nine of us and the tab was split seven ways, so it wasn’t an open-and-shut case, but still. Half an hour after we originally asked, he still hadn’t given us our checks.
When he just happened to waltz past our table (still with no checks), we kindly pointed out that we were running a little bit late and politely asked if we could get the checks soon. It took another 20 minutes past that, or almost an hour total, just to pay our bill. He was a good server, but I would’ve tipped less than the 18 percent gratuity had it not been auto-included in the tab. I normally tip over 30 percent for good service.
19. A Proper Tip? No Way!
I went to a place called The Onion in Killington, Vermont. The food was great. Service sufficed, but it wasn’t anything spectacular. They brought out the wrong meal for my dad’s girlfriend, who complained and asked for her actual meal like anyone else would do. The waitress argued and stated that we ordered that when no one did. She was foreign which made everything more difficult. After arguing, my dad, who is stubborn, noted to the manager that the service wasn’t what he would’ve liked and explained the situation.
So finally, she got her correct meal. My dad let it go and decided he’d still give a decent tip, for it was an expensive meal and we had at least six people. The check came and the waitress had circled the gratuity on the receipt, obviously to be obnoxious. My dad lost it and gave a terrible tip. They followed us out of the restaurant and asked my dad to give a proper tip, for which another argument began. In conclusion, the tip remained terrible, and we left.
18. He Still Felt Entitled To A Great Tip
I went out with my family once a few years ago to a local burger joint. We had never had a problem, until this time. The hostess seated us and brought out the menus. The waiter didn’t show up for about 15 minutes. When he did, he took our food and drink orders. We ordered three burgers, and for drinks, two iced teas and a Sprite. Well, 15 minutes went by, and our food came out. No drinks. The waiter finally brought the drinks, set them down in the middle of the table, then walked off and talked to a table near us.
We finished up, got his attention, and got the bill. It came to $21.94. My stepdad threw down $22 and started to get up. The waiter came by and told us to have a nice day. We left without saying anything. In the parking lot, we heard the door to the pub open and heard the waiter yelling, calling my stepdad a “cheap, no-good bastard.” It was all my mom could do to hold my stepdad back.
17. He’s Standing, Waiting…
I was at an Asian buffet in town. The service was almost non-existent, the food was dried up and old, and any time I saw someone who worked for the place they were walking in and out of rooms doing nothing but counting large stacks of money. I found this amusing, and I’ve never felt impressed to tip at a buffet at all. Here in town, they get paid minimum which is well over what any other service employee would get paid.
Well, at the end of the meal, our server came up, took our money, then brought back our receipts and pointed to the tip line and said: “You tip here.” We weren’t even done eating and he was just standing there waiting for me to tip him. So I rounded up to the next dollar, something like 39 cents. He just stood there and looked at it. I’m torn though; I’d never do that even to the crappiest of waiters but I feel that was just unacceptable. What do you think I should have done?
16. Act Of Cheapness
I went to a local Mexican restaurant last week that was great; the wait staff was friendly and the food was amazing, but after finishing my soda I asked for water and the waiter brought a bottle of water.
I had presumed he knew I meant tap so I hadn’t specified and thinking it was a misunderstanding, I asked for a tap water instead. He looked me in the face and said: “Oh so you’re being cheap?” Well, my reply was: “Yes, actually I am.”
15. Are You Freaking Kidding Us?
My boyfriend’s mother took us, her other kids and their significant others, and her boyfriend (eight people total) to lunch as a celebration of us all being in town. She chose a large, notoriously busy, and pricey Italian place. We were all excited for some good quality food. Our first issue was being seated at a table that was suited for a party smaller than ours. Our chairs were literally touching, the already set-out plates and glasses were extremely cramped, and we kept elbowing each other. But, whatever, we all get along and this place is PACKED. We were just glad that our reservation allowed us to sit down right away. A few minutes after being seated, our waitress comes by and takes our drink orders. She brings one basket of bread with her and leaves it on the table. She disappears for at least 30 minutes. There was not enough bread to go around, of course, and we did not have anything to drink. Eventually, she returns with the drinks and asks if we are ready to order. We are, and do so, as well as ask for another basket of bread. Now that she brought quickly, but then disappeared again. When I say this place was packed, I mean it. It was 1 pm on a Sunday and every table was full. We were prepared to wait for our food. In the next hour and a half we waited for it; we had to ask another server who was passing by to refill our drinks. When our food arrived, it was another, different server who brought it. A third unfamiliar face asked us a while later if everything was okay — which it was, although nothing was piping hot when it was delivered to us. Fine, whatever, they are busy. We were chatting and eating happily.
Once we are all finished eating, our plates are cleared by a couple of different people; not sure if they had been to our table before. Twenty minutes later, my boyfriend’s mom sees our original waitress for the first time in nearly two hours and asks for the check. She says she will be right back… Well, another 20 minutes later, she comes back with it, and of course, she is given a credit card immediately. She does come back with the card quickly this time, but proceeds to hover over the table. We ask for to-go bags. At this point we have been seated for nearly four hours, the majority of it spent with no food/drinks or waiting for the check. We have seen our original waitress twice. My boyfriend’s mom is a little frustrated, but hey we ate our food, even if it took a long time. She tips somewhere around 18%; I’m not sure exactly, but I know it was about a $35 tip. Pretty good for our original waitress considering she didn’t do much if you ask me. This is where we all got mad. This waitress is still hovering close to the table and snatches up the folder as soon as my boyfriend’s mom puts it down. She OPENS IT and looks at her tip while standing behind his mom and says, very loudly, “Are you freaking kidding me!!!” and stomps off to go talk loudly about how cheap we are to some of her coworkers. She brings the to-go bags back and literally throws them on the table, telling us to have a “nice fricking day.” So, we did. We had a lovely rest of the evening playing board games back at the house. I called the manager the next day and explained the situation. He sent $50 in gift cards to both me and my boyfriend’s mother — she did not feel comfortable calling him herself, but I did not feel comfortable doing nothing. We have yet to go back since this place is a bit off the beaten path for us, but hopefully, when we do go again, our waitress won’t be there.
14. She Had The Nerve To Ask That?
The worst I had was when I’m with my mother and we went to lunch at some local place–I forget what it’s called. Anyways, the waitress comes along after about 10 minutes and takes our drink order and we each ordered some soda. Another five minutes soda comes out and she takes our order. Despite the delay, we figured it was an off night for the place and give it the benefit of the doubt. Well, nearly 30 minutes later–nothing. I’m done with my soda and I desperately want some water and I cannot find a waiter or waitress for the life of me. Another 10 minutes go by and mom is getting loopy. She took insulin before and is starting to crash from low blood sugars and what little hard candy I had isn’t helping. I panic and find a woman in uniform and ask her to bring me a sugared beverage–coke, juice, anything.
Another 10 minutes go by, no food and no sign of a drink. At this point, we’ve been there for just over an hour and mom is fading fast so I unlock the wheels on her wheelchair and trudge on out. However, THAT is when the waitress who initially took our order seemingly popped out of thin air and asked us where we were going and I lost it. I explained that my mother was diabetic and we weren’t going to wait around if they weren’t even going to refill our drinks. I explained I had to leave because it was now a medical emergency and I had to get her some help. The kicker though? The waitress looked at me and said, “Are you going to pay for your drinks, at the least?” I just started at her dumbfounded, and walked around her and left.
13. So Much Win! Epic Fail!
I was at a Ruby Tuesday with my dad and sister. Everything was fine at first: we sat down, ordered our food, and all was good. Well, except for the fact our waiter was this weird dude who kept using internet-speak like “So much win!” and “Epic fail!” And he kept coming back to our table constantly just to stand there and talk, which wouldn’t have been as much a problem if the guy wasn’t so cringy. Then an hour passes, and we’re sitting there going “Where’s our food?” Suddenly our waiter comes back and goes “Hey, I forgot to put your orders in. What did you want again?”
Now, most people would understandably say “What is wrong with you?” but for some ungodly reason, we just rolled with it. Our food eventually came out, and by some miracle, we got exactly what we ordered. Still, it was quite a long time before we went to that restaurant again.
12. Everything Was Great Until…
My wife has just given birth to our son a few weeks before and we had just built enough confidence to venture into public with him. We decided to have dinner at a chain that we like. Everything went great except for the waiter dropping an entire pitcher of water on our son.
Another time, I was eating lunch at a nice place on the river in Chattanooga when I noticed a spider had dropped onto our table. I looked up and saw a web with hundreds of baby spiders crawling and dropping. I freaked out and moved inside. Watching 20 something ladies running up and down the river isn’t worth the spiders.
11. The Waitress Was So “Busy”
I had a waitress take our order, but she was not the one that brought us our drink or food. I saw her walk around, but she never once checked up on us or refilled our drinks. She chatted with the staff but never did anything for us. All she did was take our order. My ex and I sat at the table for nearly 30 minutes after we finished our meal, waiting for her to take our plates or bring us our bill. The restaurant wasn’t busy; it was like 3 or 4 p.m. on a weekday afternoon. My ex and I walked up to the entrance counter where my friend was a hostess.
I told her I wanted my bill, paid for my food, and did not tip at all. I told her what had happened and I spoke to the manager about it, too. I told them I was still going to frequent the restaurant, but would now refuse service from that waitress. That’s the only circumstance where I don’t tip. The food was good, so I feel sorry for the other staff members that did not get tipped out.
10. Real Tips
I went to a bar and was having a good time with friends. The bartenders weren’t happy with the $1 per-beer tip (for non-US people, that is what is usually given for a beer/drink, especially if it’s $5 per drink). The bartender, who was an attractive, young female, was probably used to her flirting working for bigger tips.
So when I went up for another drink, she asked if I will “be giving her real tips,” then refused to serve me. She then told the other bartenders about my friends and I and they didn’t give any more tips to the now, very rude bartenders. Then we left.
9. Refills Water Almost Every Minute
I have had two experiences that have not been so nice. The first is a local Chinese restaurant next to my college campus. The staff is nice, but they have an employed woman who comes out almost every two to three minutes and refills our water. I mean it is nice, but it was slightly annoying when I had barely taken a sip and she would keep refilling it to the brim.
The second is a Chinese buffet where after 10-15 minutes they stopped serving us drinks and handed us a check. I kind of felt offended by that one like they needed me to leave.
8. She Literally Followed Him Outside!
My family went to eat a Mellow Mushroom when I was younger and we had average service, nothing exceptional. As my dad was paying and leaving the tip my mom and sisters walked outside to wait. My dad walks outside and we start to walk down the street (in downtown Savannah) and the waitress that we had FOLLOWS MY FATHER OUT INTO THE STREET to ask if something was wrong with the service. (I don’t know how much my dad tipped this woman but he usually tips reasonably and there was no reason for him to leave a bad tip).
She caught my dad off guard and he was so embarrassed that he actually pulled out his wallet and gave her more money! My dad is NOT the type of person to do that and I expected him to rip her a new one. I was so pissed and we have never went back to that restaurant and it actually turned us off from going to Mellow Mushroom for a very long time.
7. We Can Hear You
I was eating at a local restaurant after a game of basketball with some friends. We were all hungry and ordered a large amount of food.
Well, we overheard the waitress complaining to another waitress that our table was loud and obnoxious and how she was surprised we aren’t all “fat slobs” because we ordered a lot of food. I guess she forgot we were sitting only a few tables down. Needless to say, we didn’t tip her well.
6. U-Turn Quick Dinner
I am generally a great tipper. But a few years ago I was at a Ruby Tuesdays with my wife. A girl comes out and takes our order. It takes her 30 minutes to bring us our drinks, and another 30-45 to bring the food. Then we sit there for nearly an hour looking for her to get the check. Finally, we flag down another waiter and have him bring our check. Instead, he found her and she dropped it off. What was supposed to be a quick dinner turned into an event lasting over two and a half hours.
I didn’t want to pay with credit card because I knew if she walked back there with my card I wouldn’t see her again for another 30 minutes. My wife and I proceeded to dig through our wallets to count out to the exact change of the bill down to the penny and not a cent more. We left a $0 tip and walked out.
5. The Owner Was Worse
I was in Berlin at a newly opened (we found out) burger/steak place. We get seated outside, and before we get to say that we would rather sit inside, the waiter is gone. Another waiter comes takes our drinks order, and when we tell him that we would like to sit inside, he just points at a table and leaves. We go sit down and after what felt like 15 minutes we get our soda and order two burgers, and the waiter tells us that it is our own fault because we moved. In the meantime we saw what must have been the owner yelling at three different waiters, knocking over a bucket of nasty floor water and just leaving it to go plug in his iPhone to play music while we could hear the keyboard clicks from his texting through the speakers.
We wait 40 minutes, and it really wasn’t a busy night, the place was maybe half full, and ask another waiter, the third one, where our food is, he looks terrified and goes to ask the owner, who then comes over and just says like give it five minutes. We do and then when I ask again, he looks at me like I am making some impossible demand and then proceeds to give us one wrong kind of burger that I had seen being on the counter for 15 minutes. When I tell him that I am not going to eat that one he literally throws the french fries on the floor and screams at a waiter to “deal with this trouble customer.” Completely perplexed, we left and as if it weren’t enough we saw a rat on the way out. I wrote a strongly worded Yelp review afterward.
4. Running After Us
I went to a Mother’s Day brunch with my parents and uncle a few years ago. The waiter never cleared dishes or refilled our beverages. When the bill arrived I didn’t leave a tip because the waiter did absolutely nothing.
After we paid and left the table, the guy ran after us and yelled asking why we never left a tip. I turned around, gave him that “how dare you” look, and calmly said, “because you don’t deserve it.”
3. A Little Privacy, Please?
I’ve had two bad experiences with this. At a mom and pop Italian restaurant, our waiter would not stop telling us that “We’re family here!” and coming to ask us every two seconds if we needed anything.
Another one was at the Melting Pot. Valentine’s Day dinner, expensive of course, and my waiter could not shut up, but it wasn’t even about the food or anything. By the end of the night, I learned all about the video games he played, his girlfriend, his spirit animal, and how many hours he worked. He was very nice, but it’s a romantic VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER, my boyfriend and I just wanted to be left alone.
2. It’s Closing Time
I was out at a nice little dessert bar, popular late night place. We had good service throughout the night until I asked for the check because it was getting close to closing time.
The server took 20 minutes to bring it to us and, as he handed it to me, said, “We’re closing up, so I’ll have to ask you to leave when you finish filling this out.” Yeah, dude, that’s what I was trying to do 20 minutes ago. I think I left less than 10 percent. I’ve never had service so horrible that I’ve stiffed someone, although that came close.
1. Just Like Magic, He Disappeared
I’ve only done it one time. The waiter disappeared for a 1/2 hour and came in smelling like some dank grass. No problem at all from me; you just have to be able to carry yourself.
Our food took over an hour to get to us and it was room-temp; we never got a drink refill when we asked for it and when we ordered dessert, it hadn’t arrived when we left (which was about 30 minutes after ordering). We just asked for the bill. I’m not going to complain to management and get the guy fired, but I’m also not going to give the guy money for his service. It was a $100 meal, I ain’t giving you even 2% of that.