25 Secrets Servers Will Never Tell You

It's hard to pay the bills with compliments.

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1. Non-slip shoes aren't fashionable, but are absolute lifesavers.

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The lovely Shoes for Crews, so unstylish, but so necessary.

2. Personal vehicles are storage places for pens, black books, and straws.

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Oh, and of course a couple of wine keys.

5. When it's slow you'll do anything to pass the time.

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It's better to be busy and making money than dead and doing this.

6. Weekend shifts suck, but they are also when the most money can be made.

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A true dilemma.

7. Splitting checks can be an ordeal.

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Bachelor's in theoretical math required.

9. Servers walk more in one shift than most people do in an entire day.

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Is there any way to get those steps back?

11. Co-workers are one of the best parts of the job.

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Only they can relate to the struggle.

12. Rest and relaxation are hard to come by when working a double.

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Get it when you can.

13. Few things are as soul-sucking as rolling silverware.

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14. Except maybe side work.

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So, many, ramekins.

15. There is never a shortage of one-dollar bills.

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If only they were hundreds :(

16. Stacks of black books never stay organized for long.

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This almost never happens.

17. Tip outs are necessary, but kind of a drag.

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The bussers and expos really do work hard.

18. A note of appreciation can really make your day.

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It's the little things.

19. Mistakes are part of the job.

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20. A typical shift diet consists of caffeine, stolen fries, complementary bread, and kitchen mistakes.

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And you eat whenever and wherever you can.

21. Pens are always in surplus.

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Ninety-nine problems but a pen ain't one.

22. Few places in the world are busier than a kitchen during a lunch shift.

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Thank god for expos and food runners!

23. Nothing is worse than getting stiffed.

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Anything but that!

24. It is nearly impossible to keep a uniform clean throughout an entire shift.

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I dare you to try.

25. Checks are not a viable source of income.

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Most servers only get paid $2.23 an hour, so with taxes and other withholdings, check amounts can be pretty low, or even negative.