20 Soul-Crushing Moments Every Server Dreads

“OK we have five credit cards and one gift certificate…”

1. “This won’t be a problem, will it?”

2. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

3. When people forget you are a human being.

4. When you check the weather report for the upcoming schedule.

5. The scariest 10 seconds of any shift.

6. When you know they mean well, but you genuinely don’t know if you can muster up another giggle.

There's always that one comedic genius at every table who says this…#serverproblems

— shiftgig (@Shiftgig)

7. “I’ll remember what T.F.H. stands for.” (Literally one minute later: ????!?!??!?!?!)

Chicken scratch & abbreviations. The busier I am the worse it gets. #serverproblems #serverlife

— um_waitress (@Lifer)

8. *crickets*

@itsaserverslife we all know this is true #serverproblems

— BD007123 (@Brian Doyle ⛳)

9. When a table says they’re ready, but then asks you to stand there for five minutes as they read the menu in front of you.


10. Feeling like such a creeper when it’s slow.

11. Finding out you’re waiting on this guy.

12. Doing laundry.

If this isn't server problems I don't know what is @itsaserverslife #serverproblems

— reptar812 (@₭αω₮α® ειβ∂κ♓τλ)

13. When you have to write a novel in the POS and you’re in the weeds.

My reaction when a customer adds like 100 modifications to their food. #ServerProblems

— DavisRiar (@Davis Riar)

14. Realizing you’re sporting your unwanted ~signature scent~.

You know it's been a long night at the social house when... #ServerProblems

— jennybean9 (@Jennifer Stipec)

15. No, but really, WHYYYY?

Happened to me and I immediately wanted to drop kick an old man skankasaurus in the face #serverlife #bartenderlife

— BRStweet (

16. When you seriously cannot take the heat.

Cooling off at work, standing in the freezer. #serverproblems

— keeshahargrove (@Keesha Hargrove)

17. LOL not gonna happen.

Right when you have drinks up, food in the window, quadruple sat, & a line out the door with no host #serverproblems

— ServerDoll (@Server Doll)

18. This “threat.”

19. When a table orders something that was 86’d while you were standing there.

20. And waking up, hours after your shift, in a cold sweat.

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