It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Only people who have worked in a restaurant understand how simultaneously fun, horrific, soul-destroying and hilarious it is as a day job. Mainly, because of these 23 things:


1. When a customer decides they want to sit somewhere different. Right after you cleaned the table up for them.

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2. When someone puts up a ‘Yay Friday’ status. Do they not know you have to work every weekend?


3. Customers who walk in 5 minutes before closing

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4. When someone in the restaurant finds out your name and repeatedly yells it across the entire room


5. Trying to write down an order when you still have the shakes from last night’s after-work session

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6. Not smoking and seeing the joy that those 2 minutes of outdoor time brings to 99% of your colleagues


7. Shouting ‘f*** you’ and storming out in the middle of a shift.. only having to return ten minutes later because, you know, there are tables to buss and shit

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8. Watching the newbie repeatedly walk through the wrong door/side of the pass


9. Customers who tell you how delightful you are and how great your service was. Then leave 60p as a tip.

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10. Having to write in kid crayon because your goddamn pen can’t keep itself in your goddamn apron


11. Having to smile at the indulgent parents who think it’s okay to let their child dance around your ankles

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12. Fighting the battle between not wanting the busy section but knowing that it makes the best tips


13. Being judged for eating a table’s leftovers …BUT MY LAST BREAK WAS LIKE 15 HOURS AGO

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14. Not having someone around to cover you while you crouch down to eat


15. Seeing that someone else is on the same break time as you when all you want to do is curl up and nap

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16. The boss who interrupts your hilarious Friday night anecdotes by telling you to get back to work. Every. Freaking. Time


17. People who say they’re ready to order, when they’re clearly anything but

23 Things People Who Work In Restaurants Just Can't Even

18. Forgetting to put someone’s order in and having to offer your colleagues/Chef/ first born child up for blame


19. Swappage. Any sort of menu swaps, substitutions or changes. Just die. No really, do.

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20. Tables who share a free refill soda. That is all.


21. Avoiding all eye contact with the table who you knew should have had their food, erm, about two hours ago

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22. Deciding between whether you want it to be a slow day, because, hungover. Or a busy day because of how badly you need the tips.


23. Having to eventually leave your restaurant buddies behind to get a real job

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Beth Gladstone

Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.

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