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They take orders, communicate those orders to the cooks, serve the food, continuously watch out for customer needs as they dine, take any feedback the customer may have, and then clean the table in order to repeat the process over again. Where’s the respect? It’s evident in the treatment and the tip. If the cook messed up the food, why punish the server? If you’re not in the mood to be “bothered” for a refill, why go out to a public place to eat a meal where you’re going to be asked if you need anything? Speaking from personal experience, I know that servers are underestimated because I’ve worked in a restaurant for three years, both as a host and a server. I’ve encountered the most 2
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complacent customers and also the most inconsiderate. I’ve learned that being a waitress helps to understand those who are also servers. While working at Dawson’s Restaurant I met people who were serving in order to pay for car loans, bills, and community college. I’ve also heard heartbreaking stories while on cruises. In the summer of 2010 I met an Asian waiter, like the man depicted in the photo to the left, who told my family and me that he was working for Celebrity Cruise lines because he was promised good compensation, which he needed to support his family since he couldn’t find any other work back home. As he was telling us his story he began to tear up because his contract with Celebrity was for three years and he was missing his young son grow up. The man in the photo lives a life like this – one of isolation from family and repetition of providing the same services day after day in the same clothes on the same ship, but with different faces to serve each week. It is stories such as these that make me wonder why people don’t acknowledge the effort that servers have to exert in order to make a living for themselves and in some cases their families.
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