12 Sidework Tasks Every Server Has To Do Ranked

1. Setting up tables and chairs in the morning – Ranking: I want to go back to bed.

Come on, it’s way too early to do any heavy lifting!

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2. Windex-ing the windows – Ranking: It’s fine, I guess.

Some kid is going to come put their fingerprints all over, anyways.

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3. Rolling/folding napkins – Ranking: Why won’t it stop?

Oh, the horror. Oh, the pointy, spoon-y horror. Make it stop!

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4. Refilling ice at the drink station – Ranking: Buff AF!

You’ve never had a workout until you’ve carried two full ice buckets across the restaurant at once!

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5. Restocking and cleaning condiment containers – Ranking: Is this really that important?

Can’t the server tomorrow do it? Who needs a full bottle of Worcestershire Sauce, anyways?

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6. Polishing silverware – Ranking: If you say so.

I mean, it’s not that hard, but like…I don’t wanna.

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7. Actually serve and be nice to customers (or “guests,” if you want to be overly nice) – Ranking: Nope.

Oh wait, that’s how we make money….Damn.

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8. Making coffee and espresso drinks – Ranking: *Screaming inside*

That’s fine. I didn’t have to greet the three tables that just sat down or run the food that just came out. Not at all.

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9. De-gumming the tables – Ranking: Are You Kidding Me?!

It’s not the degrading customers that make you lose faith in humanity. It’s the peope who stick gum underneath the tables. Why…

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10. Cleaning and breaking down the (damn) espresso machine – Ranking: I can’t feel my fingertips.

Just go ahead and burn off my fingerprints while you’re at it, espresso machine.

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11. Cleaning the restrooms – Ranking: Kill me.

This puts a new meaning to having a “crappy” shift.

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12. Pushing tables together and putting chairs on tables at closing – Ranking: Please! I’m out.

Just let me do my work and get out of here and we won’t have any problems. Thank you.

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