Being a waitress is tough work, and if we’re keeping things between you and me, I absolutely loathe getting up every single day of the week. The pay itself isn’t good, and that’s enough to completely discourage a person from wanting to come in. Usually people want to get up and head to work, and when they don’t, that’s when life starts to become non-enjoyable. You only get one, so you have to make the most of it, and it turns out that my life as a waitress was going to be rather short-lived. I made a lot of friends while I was working at this specific venue, but I’m not going to give the name away; I wouldn’t want anybody to get the wrong idea about the place. Being a waitress in its own right is a choice, you need money and there are bills to pay, but you lack the experience and skills needed for a “serious” job.
It’s tough to get into the world of being a server and still try to maintain a normal lifestyle, you’ll find yourself working harder than you ever have before (in most cases). Whenever a restaurant is getting slammed, you’re going to be at the front lines every single time. You’ll have to deal with all of their complaints and annoyances, even if there’s absolutely nothing you can do to ease their problems. You’re the face of the entire company at that point, and they still refuse to pay you a decent wage. I know there are politicians who are working day and night to make sure that servers get paid much more than they do now, but whenever you get a big tip, things seem to look as if they’re going to get better.
It was like any other shift when I first came in, but I had no idea what was about to happen. We don’t get many “high rollers” at our restaurant, but it looks like all of that was going to be thrown out the window. There were a group of guys that walked in and they all looked relatively wealthy, and then one of my friends nudged me, only to say: “Wow, would you look at that? That’s the quarterback for the Buffalo Bills!”. I don’t watch many football games, but these guys were clearly large in size.
I went over to their table and asked if they wanted to start with any drinks, and almost immediately I could tell they were being as nice as possible. They all asked for waters, except the one really big guy (who was at least 6 foot 8, I kid you not!), who asked me for some orange juice. I don’t know if it’s because they’re football players or what, but I honestly expected every single one of them to ask for a beer! I saw that the quarterback was wearing a really expensive watch, and thought about how much it cost; I also thought about how many parrot cages I could get my baby for that (I have a parrot, by the way) – I’d just make my way over to the Pets Sensation website and shop until I dropped.
I came back with their drinks and they already knew what they’d wanted to eat, they actually ordered about 20 pounds worth of wings. I don’t know about you, but it would be a long time before I could actually make my way through 20 whole pounds of wings! I put the order in and watched my chef murmur a little bit, and then I went back to their table to see if I could help them out with anything else. I made sure to check on them as often as possible, and seeing as it wasn’t the busiest night around, that was a relatively easy thing to do. Needless to say, the night was an easy one with them around, and I actually got to chuckle a few times. Who would’ve thought that incredibly rich football players could be so cool!
When the meal was over it was obvious that the bill was going to be larger than the usual, but they didn’t seem to mind. I’m used to getting smaller tips at this restaurant, as there aren’t a lot of wealthy people around – but this time I went to bring the bill back and noticed something weird. They had left me about $350 in tips (combined, of course), that was more than I had made the entire shift! I walked out from the back just as they were leaving and saw the quarterback smiling at me, he said “have a good day!” and left; I now have a new found love for football.