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18 Little Things You're Doing That Piss Off Restaurant Employees

Please don't be that guy...

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the tiny things restaurant diners do that piss them off.

Here are some of their answers:

1. When customers don't realize (or care) that you're carrying burning-hot plates.

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"When I put hot plates down in front of guests, but they have no idea because they're balls deep in their phones — my hands are burning while they're just Snapchatting about the food they don't even have yet!"


2. The customers who treat restaurants like daycare.

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"Hands down, it’s parents who sit down and forget they have children. They let them run through the restaurant — not only making it difficult for us servers to do our jobs, but also destroying other guests' meals."


3. Whenever diners say "Surprise me" instead of picking something out.


"I HATE when customers don't know what they want and say 'Surprise me!' Well, buddy, you're getting the most expensive thing on the menu, and I don't care if it isn't to your taste — make up your own mind next time!"


4. One word: "campers."

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"CAMPING AFTER THE BILL IS PAID. It's fine to sit around for a few minutes after the meal is over, drink your coffee and such, but if it's the middle of the dinner rush, move your ass! I've got another table of 20 waiting to be seated!"


5. When people order burgers with all the toppings, only to later complain about them.


"The worst are those who say yes to all the toppings on their entrée after they've been explained to them — then having us remake it because it contains things they don't like."


6. The customers who pretend they didn't like something just so they can get a refund.


"When they eat 80% of the meal but demand that it be taken off the bill because it was disgusting — then ask for a to-go box for it."


7. The customers who snap or whistle to get a server's attention.

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"There is nothing worse than a guest snapping, whistling, or grabbing me to get my attention. I'm not a dog. I'm a human being — please treat me as such."


8. Customers who shove menus at their servers.


"When people force their menus into your hands while the rest of their party is still ordering. It's just another thing that I have to juggle while I try to get everything written down correctly!"


9. When adults ask for a kids menu.


"When grown-ass people come in and order off the kids menu."


10. Customers who don't even say hello before barking out orders.


"“Hey, how are you guys doin—”



11. The broken-glass clappers.

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"People who clap when they hear a glass break."


12. Entitled customers who claim they know the owner.

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"People who say they know the owner. Anyone with access to Google can figure out the name of the owner. If you're really such a dear friend of the owner, the owner would have alerted us that a friend would be dining in the restaurant. You ain't special."


"‘I know the owner.’

“Like, lol, me too...”


13. Last-minute diners who come in right before closing.


"When you’re in the middle of the lunch rush and have a giant group come in during their break and say they need to be out in 45 minutes. Like, what?!?! You and your giant-ass group should have gone to McDonald’s!"


14. Entitled fellow restaurant workers who think they know better than you.


"Customers who work in a restaurant themselves and constantly correct you on the things you’re doing wrong."


15. When customers complain that they have to pay for extra ingredients.


"The ones who ask for extra of an ingredient and are surprised you have to charge them for it."


16. When customers claim they're allergic to something just because they don't like it.


"Allergies vs. dietary preference. We are more than willing to accommodate your diet, whether it's a health issue or a preference — but please don't tell us you are allergic to something if you aren't."


17. People who don't tip on to-go orders.


"I understand that tipping for takeout is uncommon and certainly optional, but when I worked at a takeout restaurant, I would feel a little salty toward people who would put in HUGE orders and never tip. We would have their order ready in record time, all boxed up neatly, with all these free sides, condiments, and silverware, and would offer to carry the whole thing to the car for them, and they wouldn’t even so much as drop their change in the tip jar. That always bugged me."


18. And people who don't tip in general.


"The ones who say you're the best server ever, but their tip says otherwise...?"

Morgan Sheffield

Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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