#994 Waiters and waitresses who bring free refills without asking

Ice coldOn the whole, we’re pretty nasty to waiters and waitresses. We complain they’re wasting our time if the food takes too long to come, we complain they’re trying to rush us out if the food comes too early. We warn about allergies, make special requests, ask for more bread, and talk openly about their tip while they’re busing the table next to us. We’re kings barking orders from the booth and they’re sweating peasants in aprons and pieces of flair with dirty J-cloths hanging out their back pocket.

Waiters and waitresses have to put up with us and paste wide, toothy grins across their faces, besides. They split bills, sop up spills, and slip and slide across slick kitchen floors for us.

Despite this all-odds-against-them setup, there are a few gems out there, a few rare, bright gems, who deliver perfect waiter or waitressessness. Perfection here is defined solely as bringing free refills to the table without us even asking. Because nothing beats ice-filled towers of cola arriving unannounced at our table, just as we’re finishing up our spinach and artichoke dip for a perfectly timed palate cleanse before the big entrée. The only things that come close are ice-filled towers of cola arriving unannounced right after the entrée and ice-filled towers of cola arriving unannounced with the check and handful of mints.

…Three hours later, when you lay bloated on the coach, your entire meal swimming in the carbonated sea that is your digestive system, I know your eyelids will droop heavily and your posture will slide, but I also know you’ll give a thin, subtle smile, and a slow, sure thumbs-up sign when anyone asks “How was dinner?”


Free refill is on its way

124 thoughts on “#994 Waiters and waitresses who bring free refills without asking

  1. So you intentionally give servers a hard time? You feel high and mighty because you’ve got someone getting your food and drinks for you? It’s people like you that get their food spit in. And if you don’t think we servers can’t tell what you’re doing, think again. I’d love to wait on you. I would sense what you’re doing then touch everything that’s going to enter your mouth. I’ll also be slow as all hell. Your measly tip isn’t worth kissing the ass of a jerk.

  2. I was with my family at a Cracker Barrel Resturant near Buffalo New York, and the waitress came to us and said, could she get us another round of drinks, (soft drinks, and coffee) My daughter replied that we were just leaving, so the waitress said you can have it to go fo, as we had away to drive, my daughter asked for a coffee,which was supplied at no charge, this was not our first refill, now that was service for you,Guess where I am eating from now on

  3. Had a great waiter today, he had a boatload of tables and was always there with a refill… I love it when they care about their job, and for heavens sake, give em a good tip.

  4. I just want to say thank you so much for speaking in a positive way about servers! I have been working in a restaurant since I was 16. I am 21 now. This is the best job for me while I am in school. I know there are a lot of bad servers, but there are a lot of great servers too. In Texas we make, $2.13 plus tips. After taxes, your two week check can be $0.00. We rely soley on our tips! So thank you!

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  6. I have worked in the restaurant buisness for many years to put myself through school. I am a cook so I have never had the pleasure of dealing with obnoxious patrons and screaming children. There is a special place in my heart for the servers who grit their teeth, put on a smile, and cater to the masses. Most of whom are also putting themselves through school. So I raise my frosty(promptly refiled)beverage to you servers! Keep fighting the good fight!:)

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