About Your Server

I started working in a restaurant when I was 11 years old. I washed dishes at Lucille’s Cafe and if Lucille and her daughter Emily hadn’t been so darned nice to me I would have quit the food service industry right then and there. Thanks ladies!

When I was 26 I realized I was beyond sick and tired of waiting tables for a living. I went to college at the University of Wyoming and earned two degrees. For several years I worked “real” jobs until I realized I was beyond sick and tired of being responsible for things I had no control over.

Three years ago I went back to waitressing. It didn’t take me long to discover I could make twice as much money in half as much time as I could at any “real” job. Plus I picked up some funny, exasperating and occasionally horrifying stories to tell. I’m in the trenches, working with the General Public. It’s a rollercoaster ride of excitement.

So I hope you enjoy the stories. I enjoy telling them.

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23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Idiot Speaketh
    May 20, 2010 @ 16:17:27

    Love reading some of your horror stories. I was raised the son of a career waitress. My mother told us of many of the same nightmares that you have had. I know how hard ya’ll work for a living and anyone that leaves less than 15% as a tip should be allowed to be legally dragged from their table or booth, beaten about head repeatedly by the entire wait staff, and then mercifully shot. Just my opinion. Have a great day!

    Thanks for stopping by! My co-workers and I agree with your philosophy.

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  2. livingdilbert
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 17:49:57

    Yellowcat? Will you forgive me for taking so long to respond? Hanging head in shame….

    Um…yes, but I don’t recognize you in your disguise.

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  3. Fuck My Table
    Aug 17, 2010 @ 23:01:57

    Happy Birthday! (At least, I think so. When you said the 18th you did mean THIS month, right??)

    Yes I did. And thank you. My daughter will be pissed that she wasn’t the first one to wish me a happy birthday. She always texts me at midnight, but she’s late this year.

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    • Fuck My Table
      Aug 17, 2010 @ 23:03:22

      Oh, damn. It’s 1am on the 18th here but apparently it’s still the 17th there! I’m not staying awake for another hour, so in that case happy EARLY birthday. 🙂

      It was 4 minutes after midnight when I read it so thank you still!

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  4. Vodka and Ground Beef
    Sep 23, 2010 @ 23:36:07

    Ironic how little our college degrees do for us. Being a server seems more interesting. I’ve often thought of doing it myself.

    My other jobs were bo-ring. At least I see a variety of people now, even if I don’t like them.

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  5. samhenry
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 17:14:50

    I have 2 masters degrees and love being in the service industry best. Being a public service librarian was close to it but not really. I loved being a sales clerk. In semi-retirement, I love doing customer service and “nicing” them to death (when I’m rested). I’m not into corporate crap. I did it long enough to get vested and then out the door. Great blog, Yellow Cat.

    Thanks so much.

    I do enjoy my job, pretty much every day, but I’m amazed at the level of assholery I witness. Obviously, their mamma’s didn’t teach them a thing.

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  6. Amber
    Oct 10, 2010 @ 15:42:45

    Hello. I just found your blog. I love you. Thanks.

    Well, thank you for stopping by!

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  7. workingtechmom
    Nov 07, 2010 @ 20:23:50

    Reading your stories and laughing, crying, and enjoying. I waitressed for 8 years and know there are many stories to tell every day. Thanks for the laughs.

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment! Glad I could make you laugh. As you know, if we don’t laugh at our stories of working with the general public we’d go crazy and kill them all.

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    • workingtechmom
      Nov 08, 2010 @ 05:40:19

      So true, so true. And it’s by no means just working with the general public, but working with people in any capacity! Added you to my blogroll.

      Thanks! I’ll check yours out.

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  8. Pyewacketcat
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 17:23:11

    I tried and sucked at your job,I cannot tell you how much I appreciate what you do,my daughter serves in Seattle,and we have some of the funniest talks about her job.
    I’m a dog groomer,and trust me ,you get no respect for that either,except the dogs and cats are nicer a lot of times instead of the owners….
    I am adding you to my favorites!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

    I think animal grooming would be a very thankless job. When I had a Pomeranian I always made sure to tip my groomer and give her tons of compliments.

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  9. workingtechmom
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 14:44:38

    Just wanted to let you know that I named you to receive the highly prestigious Stylish Blogger Award.

    Here’s the link:

    http://ouchfired.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/did-you-hear-im-stylish-even-after-being-fired/

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  10. Scotty
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 05:04:24

    I read your blog all the time. Thank you for your well-written posts and your perspective on life. It rather makes me wish I knew you personally (no, I am NOT a stalker). Besides, I live on the other side of this great continent of ours. Great Blessings to you from the deity of your choice.

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment! Blessings to you as well.

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  11. Molly Malone
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 14:25:27

    Hey sweetie! Could you email me the password? I feel left out… 😦

    Miss Molly! I thought you were in my address book. I will fix it right now!

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  12. Maggie
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 06:14:26

    I love your blog. I waited tables for many years and you put in writing all the frustrations that made me stop. I think that I was too nice, I just took the abuse and felt awful.

    Thank you! Serving is not for the thin skinned or the faint of heart. You can’t take other people’s bullshit to heart. I’ve been told all sorts of things by customers and if I believed any of it, I’d be living in a cave somewhere. I’m pretty nice too, but I love the customers who take advantage of the nice only to see the asshole come out to play.

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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  13. Tony
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 19:49:47

    Hey – fun blog! I like your writing style and boy are your stories relatable. I’ve just restarted my serving blog – perhaps you would add me to your blogroll? The address is tonydine.blogspot.com

    Thanks for stopping by. I’ll take a look at your blog.

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  14. Andrew
    Dec 11, 2011 @ 18:04:56

    Great Blog I love it thanks a lot for it!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Ricki Jane
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 19:30:49

    I stumbled onto your blog through The Idiot Speaketh’s blogroll. Enjoyed the first few posts so much, I went back a whole year and up to Aug. 2011. Love it! I would never make a good waitress as I’m too short-tempered (red hair, you know) and could never put up with people’s bs. I admire those who are good servers, and usually even tip the bad ones gererously. After all, they are only trying to make a living too. Thanks for the entertainment.

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

    Servers are a breed of their own. It takes a pretty thick skin as well as a good ability to ignore the stupid.

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  16. Ricki Jane
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 19:32:18

    Ooh, didn’t know my whole name would appear on my comment.

    I fixed it!

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    Apr 16, 2012 @ 19:32:07

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  18. Dana Hayes McManus
    Jun 01, 2012 @ 21:19:42

    I just found your blog!! Love it! AND, I am a fellow barwench/table bitch living in Myrtle Beach, SC…. also, oddly enough, I grew up in Cody!! Small world. =]

    No shit?! It is a small world. Glad you stopped by!

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  19. Hira Animfefte
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 19:56:26

    Weirdly enough, your blog makes me want to try waitressing. Heck, I’ve survived retail…
    The closest I’ve come to working food service was a month-long stint at a Little Caesar’s in high school. Got hired by Nice Boss, Nice Boss quit, Evil Boss drove me out. (There is a longer story with Evil Boss but I will save it for later.) That’s the job that put me off pan pizza for life!

    Little Caesar’s is not my favourite pizza joint. Forewarned is forearmed, you know enough to be prepared for the bad stuff, so why not give it a try. It’s fast money.

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  20. Fuck My Table
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 00:14:28

    I’m awarding you a Tell Me About Yourself Award. You might think it’s stupid (I did too) but I was bored as hell. Read mine at http://wp.me/pJUNx-zX or just visit my blog homepage if you’re wary of links in comments, like I am. Feel free to delete this comment if you choose not to do it; I won’t get my feelings hurt.

    Reply

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