Apologies for my absence. It has been a rather busy month, working such unsociable hours means that I am often spending my one day off catching up with the social experiences I miss out on during the week.
Anyway, without further adieu, here is the first of my secrets (rants) from this working month:
If you have ever worked as part of a front of house team, you will understand how the general public begin to wear on you after a short while. However, the fuel of the industry for most minimum wage workers has to be TIPS! When you are working Saturday nights, missing out on a “normal” social-life, receiving tips can be that one thing to take solace in. You will find that during a lunchtime shift, elderly couples or usually elderly women meeting for lunch, will tip you £2 90% of the time. This can total up to a nice £20 extra on top of your wages, which is a sincere little bonus for providing some difficult service. Tips can be a great help, they really can! For example, my partner and I are planning a move in together within the coming months. We decided to put all of our tips (she works with me – Unlucky her) into a little savings pot, and have reached £600 so far towards the move. I personally cannot wait to move in with her, she helps me calm down when I get angry at all the idioms of the public and colleagues. Like I said, tips really do count!
There is one phrase which can get a waiter(ess) excited, and that is “keep the change”. No employee within the service industry can deny that a little part of them screams “get in” when they hear this phrase. However, and this is a big however, there are exceptions to this rule. These exceptions not only alter this feeling, but actually reverse them completely.