Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical


Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter ☃ [PDF / Epub] ☂ Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter By The Waiter ✑ – Thomashillier.co.uk According to The Waiter, eighty percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat The remaining twenty percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths Waiter Rant offers th According to Thanks for PDF/EPUB ä The Waiter, eighty percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat The remaining twenty percent, however, are socially Waiter Rant: Kindle - maladjusted psychopaths Waiter Rant offers the server s unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human Rant: Thanks for PDF/EPUB å grace transpiring in the most unlikely places Through outrageous stories, The Waiter reveals the secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and how to keep him from spitting in your food The Waiter also shares his ongoing struggle, at age thirty eight, to figure out if he can finally leave the first job at which he s truly thrived.

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  • Hardcover
  • 302 pages
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter
  • The Waiter
  • English
  • 23 November 2018
  • 0061256684

About the Author: The Waiter

The Waiter Thanks for PDF/EPUB ä is a pseudonym of Steve Dublanica.



10 thoughts on “Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    Hi, I m Will I ll be your reviewer today Maybe to start I can point you to the author Yes, the book is written anonymously The author had for four years written a blog about his experience as a waiter in a New York restaurant and needed to preserve his anonymity in order to prevent mayhem at his workplace But you may notice that there is an actual name displayed up at the top of this menu page, so I guess he moved on in the years since his book came out The author revealed Steve Dublanica Hi, I m Will I ll be your reviewer today Maybe to start I can point you to the author Yes, the book is written anonymously The author had for four years written a blog about his experience as a waiter in a New York restaurant and needed to preserve his anonymity in order to prevent mayhem at his workplace But you may notice that there is an actual name displayed up at the top of this menu page, so I guess he moved on in the years since his book came out The author revealed Steve Dublanica s is a tale of having wandered a bit, never really catching hold of a career, until at age 31, he found himself in a situation with which I am far too familiar, unemployment and desperation, and made some meringue out of the lemons life had served him I found this to be occasionally a laugh out loud funny read, with much information to impart about what life is like in the restaurant business We learn of the difference between the waiting and cooking staff The latter work 13 14 hour days for less money than the waiters, for one He tells of miserable customers, unpleasant restaurant owners who think nothing of regularly insulting their employees, stealing from them, and treating them terribly in a wide range of ways How they are not shot deadoften is one of the mysteries of science It was entertaining and informative, raising one s appreciation for this work, and encouraging us all to leave better tips.I ll get that check for you now Thanks for reading, have a great day and come back soon EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter and FB pagesMarch 1, 2016 Boston Globe Boston Globe Why working in the restaurant industry can be hard on your mental health by Kara BaskinAugust 7, 2017 Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema spends some time in the shoes of restaurant dishwashers At the Heart of Every Restaurant a wonderful article

  2. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    I m wary of books that start off as blogs Waiter Rant, however, turned out to be a pleasant surprise I recognized many anecdotes from the original blog, but in almost every case the original has been refined and enriched Walter Dublanica known here as the Waiter does a good job of showing us the considerable skills and great patience needed to be a server in a good restaurant Also, as a former seminary student, he is sensitive to the moral dimensions of the situations he often finds hi I m wary of books that start off as blogs Waiter Rant, however, turned out to be a pleasant surprise I recognized many anecdotes from the original blog, but in almost every case the original has been refined and enriched Walter Dublanica known here as the Waiter does a good job of showing us the considerable skills and great patience needed to be a server in a good restaurant Also, as a former seminary student, he is sensitive to the moral dimensions of the situations he often finds himself in Note there are two appendices, each worth the price of the book 1 40 Tips on how to be a Good Customer, and 2 50 Ways to Tell You are Working in a Bad Restaurant

  3. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    Too much waffle More brunch than dinner So much filler in the body of the book and the appendices just to make up enough pages for a book I think The author was very didactic about how we should behave as a customer in a restaurant EXCUSE ME I m the one paying You don t tell me how to behave You don t tell me that I can t ask to change tables when you have seated me by the toilets You don t tell me that I don t have the right to complain the food is undercooked And you certainly don t t Too much waffle More brunch than dinner So much filler in the body of the book and the appendices just to make up enough pages for a book I think The author was very didactic about how we should behave as a customer in a restaurant EXCUSE ME I m the one paying You don t tell me how to behave You don t tell me that I can t ask to change tables when you have seated me by the toilets You don t tell me that I don t have the right to complain the food is undercooked And you certainly don t tell me tell me how much I should tip although he did in another book of his No, you should be earning your tip by giving me good service because that is your job Diversion This is mega bad service, happened to me last night Jan 11th 2016 view spoiler Last night I went out to a fashionable waterside bar with a friend of mine who is very old, he s 87 and not in the least bit doddery but he can t hear very well if there is a lot of noise So we sat at a table rather than the bar where there was loud music playing The waitress, a downisland girl came and took our drink order She brought the drinks and my friend asked for a glass of ice He likes to pour his Red Stripe on ice She took our order for a plate of nachos and chicken strips In this fancy place that was about 30 on food A party of four sat down at the table next to us The waitress brought my friend a glass but no ice I turned to her at the next table and said you forgot I got no further She glared at me and said, Excuse me, I am busy right now WHAT So I waited And waited She chatted and gave them menus and worked the table So I got up and went to the bar to get the ice myself When I got back my friend said that the waitress had given him a real telling off She had taken the table s drinks order and then said to him that these people were ordering a full meal and he only wanted starters so he should be sitting at the bar and she didn t have to give him table service I saw red RED REDI went up to the waitress station where this waitress along with an American one stood I asked for the manager or the owners I know them well, we all had our children together 20 years ago and was told they weren t here So fuming I spoke to the downisland girl and said how could she possibly speak to an old man like that She interrupted I said very imperiously, let me finish I really ripped into her and then left My friend said we were going to be lucky to get our food at all now I thought he was probably right but the barman is a good kid and would get the food from the kitchen for us if necessary so I wasn t worried But surprise, the American waitress served us She was really friendly, not just restaurant friendly, chatting about the island and bought us new drinks and comped all the drinks that night because of the other waitress s rudeness She got left one hell of a tip Ok, rant over hide spoiler You know, I ve worked as a server, managed and owned restaurants and the most disposable of people are the wait staff There are always people for that job and if you have a successful place, you only need to pay the minimum wage because they earn farin tips than the manager does a point also made in the book and replacing uppity servers is only an hour or two s work on the phone Good dishwashers and cleaners are harder to find than wait staff.It s easy to be a good waiter It s all about good manners and giving the service that you yourself would like if you were dining in that establishment That s all Totally rewritten 12th January 2016 in light of bad experience at the Fishing Line last night.

  4. Lindsey Lindsey says:

    Don t get me wrong this book seemed like it would be right up my alley I like cynicism, I like bitchy people and if you re funny I ll listen to you complain all day and night The Waiter was just whiny Half the time he was trying to link a boring story into some grander theme like wanting to be a firefighter when you re a kid WTF and the other half of the time he was wistfully talking about how writing this book was going to save him from his woeful life of being a waiter Also, while Don t get me wrong this book seemed like it would be right up my alley I like cynicism, I like bitchy people and if you re funny I ll listen to you complain all day and night The Waiter was just whiny Half the time he was trying to link a boring story into some grander theme like wanting to be a firefighter when you re a kid WTF and the other half of the time he was wistfully talking about how writing this book was going to save him from his woeful life of being a waiter Also, while ripping on snobs and foodies, he was pretty stuck up himself the whole book There were parts where I actually stopped reading and wondered who his intended audience was because at parts it seemed like he was writing for the very people he was insulting I quit reading at chapter 15 because it wasn t funny Tell meabout the staff interactions Tell meabout the bitchy entitled customers Tell meabout anything but trying to get a book deal, how people think your blog is hilarious, or how you re middle aged and stuck in a dead end life This is the farthest I ve read a book and decided to give up on it so I guess that s why you re getting this long review I wanted to like it, I really did, the writer just got in the way

  5. Scott Scott says:

    How the hell did I end up becoming a waiterthe author, on page 13Written by Steve The Waiter Dublanica which sounds like an old school or low rent pro wrestler s name, right Waiter Rant details his time in the trenches at two New York City based eateries at the start of the 21st century At that time Dublanica was in his 30 s, somewhat older than average for someone in that full time position As he notes, in the U.S unlike Europe is it not often a lifetime career choice or dHow the hell did I end up becoming a waiterthe author, on page 13Written by Steve The Waiter Dublanica which sounds like an old school or low rent pro wrestler s name, right Waiter Rant details his time in the trenches at two New York City based eateries at the start of the 21st century At that time Dublanica was in his 30 s, somewhat older than average for someone in that full time position As he notes, in the U.S unlike Europe is it not often a lifetime career choice or decision, but is usually done temporarily by those in their early 20 s while waiting for real orideal work He briefly explains, via a biographical chapter or two, how he came to be working such a job, after a brief stint in the seminary and then a few gigs in the health care field He first kept an anonymous blog waiterrant.net but used his material to form this book.The meat of his story ha ha is Dublanica reminiscing about and giving a behind the scenes peek into the turbulent restaurant business and environment He was in the position as head waiter, so in addition to the known or obvious responsibilities of a server he also had to wear an assortment of other hats liaison between owner and employees, amateur paramedic and traffic cop, marriage counselor, custodian, and manyHe speaks of trying to keep the peace between fellow wait staff and kitchen employees, the creative handling sometimes delicate, sometimes hard nosed of many types of customers, bad tippers, meeting celebrities including a pleasant anecdote about serving a certain A list actor , and suffering under some paranoid restaurant owners that ran their establishments with the intensity of Mussolinion a bad day It was an eye opening experience

  6. Amanda Amanda says:

    How did I come to possess this book Well, the combination of a Books A Million going out of business sale, my mistaken assumption that it would be a collection of essays written by various people who had once waited tables, and a cover blurb from Anthony Bourdain calling it painfully funny was apparently a heady combination that led to this bit of buyer s remorse To be fair, this is not a bad book, nor is it a terribly interesting one Alas, Waiter Rant is by one waiter who depends upon his How did I come to possess this book Well, the combination of a Books A Million going out of business sale, my mistaken assumption that it would be a collection of essays written by various people who had once waited tables, and a cover blurb from Anthony Bourdain calling it painfully funny was apparently a heady combination that led to this bit of buyer s remorse To be fair, this is not a bad book, nor is it a terribly interesting one Alas, Waiter Rant is by one waiter who depends upon his anonymity as he blogs about his job while still in the trenches he has since been revealed to be Steve Dublanica Dublanica finds himself middle aged and without steady employment, so takes a wait job as a stopgap between careers and then never really leaves The rest of the book follows his adventures and misadventures with the surly kitchen staff, incompetent wait staff, and the snooty, entitled patrons who can make a waiter s life a living hell I assumed based on the description and various blurbs that all of this would be funny Except it s not By one third of the way through, it failed to elicit a chuckle, a twitter, a smirk, or even one of those weird laughs that consist of basically blowing air out of your nose really hard when something catches you kind of off guard and you re not sure if it s appropriate to laugh And I like to think that I m not humor impaired I laugh and laugh often The problem here is that being cynical is not the same as being funny Now when funny and cynical come together with a dash of acerbic wit, it can be a beautiful and miraculous thing I m looking at you, Anthony Bourdain , but there s no magic here and I m reading it because once again, I m looking at you Anthony Bourdain The other reason it failed to entertain me is because its main message seems to be that people suck And they do, I ll not argue against that But waiters don t have the market cornered on I don t get paid enough to put up with ungrateful and crazy all day long Anyone who has any job that requires contact with the public knows this spiel I ve been a waiter, a cashier, a secretary, a teacher and the dynamic is always the same as long as there s a customer, someone s going to be an asshole because you re there to serve them and, by God, that means doing precisely what they want when they want it and if not then they will be talking to your supervisor Having lived this, reading about it is not how I want to spend my hours away from work.Throughout, Dublanica comes across as some kind of super waiter and, while I have no reason to doubt that he was good at his job and took it seriously, his stories fail to come to life as he seems incapable of portraying himself as flawed He always seems to have the upper hand and becomes the sage keeper of knowledge for the younger employees It also makes the dining experience seem all about the waiter what s best for the waiter, how to keep your waiter happy, tips that help make the waiter s job easier, etc as though it s the customer s job to cater to the waiter Now, as previously mentioned, I ve been a waitress briefly as part of my training, I was seriously told to kiss the babies and flirt with the old men homey don t play that game so apparently my perkitude wasn t up to their standards and I was unceremoniously fired And, yes, people can treat waiters terribly and there are things one can and should do to make a dining experience pleasant for all involved Most of those things involve simple human decency But Dublanica makes it sound like such a one sided affair that waiters should be leaving tips to customers who jump through all the hoops outlined in the book to make it a pleasure to serve them.While some of the information about the dynamic that exists among the employees in a restaurant is mildly interesting, there s nothing really surprising here Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

  7. Joshua Joshua says:

    The buzz surrounding this book likens it as a front of the house version of Anthony Bourdain sKitchen ConfidentialWhile superfically, they both concern themselves with working in a restaurant, that is where the similarities end While Bourdain uses his mystery noir style writing to tell a gripping tale of working as a chef, The Waiter is a competant writer at best Bourdain s work is scathing and the mesmerizing This author is a waiter trying to be a writer I know this book used to be a The buzz surrounding this book likens it as a front of the house version of Anthony Bourdain sKitchen ConfidentialWhile superfically, they both concern themselves with working in a restaurant, that is where the similarities end While Bourdain uses his mystery noir style writing to tell a gripping tale of working as a chef, The Waiter is a competant writer at best Bourdain s work is scathing and the mesmerizing This author is a waiter trying to be a writer I know this book used to be a blog, and all the while I was reading it I kept thinking, why did I pay for this when it indeed feels like I m reading a blog and not a novel However, not all is bad I ve worked in the front of the house of a restaurant before and the author does give away some trade secrets like Open Table and how we use that computerized reservation system to comment on customers like if they have bad hygiene, how they dress, who wears too much make up, etc and how every customers credit card information can be taken by a disgruntled employee and used since all numbers are stored on Open Table and anyone can view it.Still, most of the time this book discusses issues that are impotent at best There are people out there that tip less than 15% and the waiters don t like it No way Waiters are human and don t like being treated like second class citizens Zounds People open upwhen they re eating and waiters hear incredible things that should never be said in public I m almost fainting this is so incredible Like I said, there isn t really much here that some common sense couldn t figure out Waiter Rant might be interesting for someone who rarely eats out, but for any one who enjoys food and has been to at least 2 restaurants before, this book will bore you to tears Medicore at best and redundant at worst People really tip less than 15% Shock I say Shock

  8. Wealhtheow Wealhtheow says:

    Although this is ostensibly a collection of a waiter s experiences on the job, I hesitate to shelve it in non fiction Dublanica so clearly takes artistic licenses that very little rings true There are a few sections that seem real, but the majority of this book is either Dublanica talking about how he s so much smarter than all other waiters customers or psychoanalyzing himself Not even half of the book actually concerns actually waiting tables In every one of those stories, customers are ei Although this is ostensibly a collection of a waiter s experiences on the job, I hesitate to shelve it in non fiction Dublanica so clearly takes artistic licenses that very little rings true There are a few sections that seem real, but the majority of this book is either Dublanica talking about how he s so much smarter than all other waiterscustomers or psychoanalyzing himself Not even half of the book actually concerns actually waiting tables In every one of those stories, customers are either A hot women who hit on him B sophisticated patrons who understand how wonderful he is or C twits he outwitshumiliates but gets huge tips from I ve collected some of these stories in the status updates section, but here s one of my particular favorites You make the best cosmopolitans Thank you, madam I always tell my husband you re a great waiter, she says Very capable Thank you The woman looks at me She s about 50, her face shows the life she s led, but her eyes are warm and young But overly capable, the woman says I saw how you handled that woman I was watching You rethan just a waiter Aren t you I smile broadly Customers can be very observant Yes, madam, I reply Yes, I am Oh, he sthan just a waiter Is that why this book has all the life and realism of a lump of dirt This book delivers very little insight into life behind the scenes of a restaurant, but a great deal of unwanted insight into Dublanica s narrow little mind

  9. Davytron Davytron says:

    I honestly can t bring myself to finish this book What a terrible, self indulgent, boring, unfunny rant The whole book is formatted like I don t normally hate _________, but _____ really gets my goat or I m not racist, but race are the worst people ever or I don t hate homosexuals but I will readily engage in a homophobic slur contest with the despicable race He prefaces every statement with a prior statement that tries to make him look like a great person I don t doubt he is I j I honestly can t bring myself to finish this book What a terrible, self indulgent, boring, unfunny rant The whole book is formatted like I don t normally hate _________, but _____ really gets my goat or I m not racist, but race are the worst people ever or I don t hate homosexuals but I will readily engage in a homophobic slur contest with the despicable race He prefaces every statement with a prior statement that tries to make him look like a great person I don t doubt he is I just wish he didn t feel he needed to persuade his readers as much If you think the Puerto Ricans you worked with were awful, say that those specific Puerto Ricans were awful What s the big deal God this book was boring The rants centred mostly on interactions with his co workers and employers and up to the point I stopped reading had barely even mentioned customers I have never been so motivated to not finish a book I usually feel bad about skipping out early not this time What a disappointment I was super excited for this one

  10. Anina Anina says:

    If you ever waited tables at a fine dining restaurant, this is amazing It so happens that s me If that isn t you, I might guess you would rate itlike 3 stars Anyhow, I m giving it five and i could not put it down.

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