Self Serve And Self Deserved

| Ohio, USA | Right | October 13, 2011

(I work at an all-you-can-eat buffet. My job is to bring drinks to the table and take away the dirty plates.)

Me: “Welcome to [restaurant name]! I’ll go ahead and get your drinks. The buffet is ready when you are.”

Customer: “Thanks!”

(I bring their drinks to the table and see that they are still there and have not gotten up to get their plates. I go about my business. About 10 minutes later, I see they are still sitting at their table with no food in front of them.)

Me: “Are you waiting on someone?”

Customer: “There you are! We’re starving! I’ll start off with chicken, corn, and mashed potatoes.”

Me: “Okay, well, the buffet is over there and you can help yourself.”

Customer: “You mean we have to get it ourselves?”

Customer #2: “Can’t you get our food for us?”

Me: “Are you disabled?”

Customer: “No, we’re not.”

Me: “The buffet is self-serve. The plates are up at the buffet.”

(Needless to say, I didn’t get a tip.)

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  • Dsru Bin

    Needless to say, I didn’t get a tip.

    This is actually correct. Nobody would have expected you to get a tip, because you didn’t do anything to deserve a tip.

    • jokiebird

      You should tip at a buffet, if someone is fetching your drinks and bussing the table as you’re eating (since you have to get a clean plate/bowl if you make multiple trips up). Not as much as a full-fledged server, but I usually leave 10%.