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Waitress Slaves Over Filthy Party for Hours, Posts Shocking Photo of Receipt Online

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Serving as a waiter or a waitress has to be one of the most thankless jobs on God’s green earth. Why? Well, I suspect it has to do with the fact that most of us believe that our restaurant experience hinges on our waiter.

In truth, though, waiters have only a tiny bit of control over how our meal turns out. It’s their job to take your order accurately, communicate it to the kitchen, and return it when it’s ready with a smile.

Yet any number of snafus can foul the whole dining process up, and they have little control over it. Not that you’d know that from how some diners treat them.

In 2015, server Jess Jones of D’Jais Bar & Grill on the Jersey Shore earned some internet fame when she posted a picture of a receipt she’d received from a party of eight. On the evening in question, the restaurant was busy, and Jones let the group know that the kitchen was backed up.

It took an hour for them to get their food, and they only let Jones know about their displeasure after they left. How? On the receipt, they left her an “LOL” in the tip section.

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“I would have preferred a ‘$0’ tip than a ‘LOL’ tip, but as a waitress, bad tips and harsh notes are all part of the job,” WNBC reported her as saying. “Even though they did wait an hour to eat, they remained satisfied with filled drinks and proper notice that the kitchen was a bit busier than normal.”

Taj Sardar of Ashland, Kentucky, faced a far worse snub on August 6. The Indian immigrant, who holds a green card and hopes to become a U.S. citizen, owns the The Kings Diner.

He’d grown used to the occasional snub from his clientele. But according to The Daily Independent, one disgruntled first-time customer got personal in a Facebook complaint.

“I would’ve been better off chewing on my tennis shoe than trying to choke down Monday’s meatloaf special,” the individual wrote. “I’m ashamed that I probably just funded Al-Qaeda in order to have a meal.”

The ethnic barb stung Sardar, who is a Sikh, not a Muslim. Yet he decided not to take it personally.

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“I’m not holding it against him,” he said. “I believe in forgiveness.”

Most recently, Angelica Conde, who serves as a waitress at a Tennessee restaurant in addition to working at Blount Memorial Hospital, got an unwelcome opportunity to practice her own graciousness.

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On August 16, she wrote on Facebook that a group had come into her restaurant saying there would be 16 in their party. She seated them early, thinking the rest would soon arrive.

But it took almost another hour for the remainder to fill their seats, and Conde continued to keep their drink cups full. Only after an hour and a half had passed did the group bother to order dinner, and while the food was coming out, the children in the party proceeded to throw salad on the ground.

“Your food which contained eight steaks came out in 13 minutes flat, and every order was hot and cooked perfectly,” Conde wrote. “Not a single error was made.

“As I checked on you periodically, every person said their food was wonderful. … From start to finish, you were at my table from 5:30 to almost 9 p.m., my entire dinner shift.”

So what did the group leave Conde as a gratuity for her service? A measly $1 tip. Conde’s post soon filled with sympathetic comments, and some even offered to tip her themselves.

“That is unacceptable,” one commenter wrote. “I’m so sorry. Way to spread the word girl so that others won’t make this same mistake!”

“You have GOT to be kidding me!!!!” another added. “I am SO sorry these people did this to you! I ALWAYS say, if you can’t afford to tip your wait staff properly (if deserved) DO NOT go to a sit down restaurant to eat!”

Of course, there’s a greater lesson in all this: waiters and waitresses are people too, and they deserve compensation just like anyone else.

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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