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21 Things People Always Get Completely Wrong About Servers

This'll make you tip them even more.

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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most annoying misconceptions about servers. Here’s what they had to say.

1. Misconceptions about servers abound, but one of the most common is that you lack any and all education.

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Many servers are in school or college, and some already have a degree.

—Holliday Cain, Facebook

4. Contrary to popular belief, serving is NOT an easy job at all: You're on your feet ALL day, carrying food and interacting with hundreds of customers.

8. And many people can't imagine that you might, in fact, actually find your job rewarding.


"I get to meet all kinds of cool people from all over and get to hear great bar stories and have a good laugh."

—Shannon Montague, Facebook

9. In general, people seem to be a bit confused about what your job entails, and they think you have a lot more power than you really do.

14. Speaking of tips, there are some serious misconceptions that need to be cleared up: One is that servers make minimum wage before tips.


While that's true in some states, the hourly wage in some places is as low as $2.13.


20. And for some reason, customers believe you're always trying to trick them into spending more money when offering menu suggestions.


But, in fact, you're just trying to make sure they get a meal they'll enjoy.

—Kaleigh Maison, Facebook

21. Finally, people tend to think that anyone can be a server, but you know the truth: It takes a special kind of person — one who's patient, kind, and professional — to work in the service industry.

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

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