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Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter | [The Waiter]

Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

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Publisher's Summary

According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

Through outrageous stories, The Waiter reveals the secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and how to keep him from spitting in your food. The Waiter also shares his ongoing struggle, at age 38, to figure out if he can finally leave the first job at which he's really thrived.

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What the Critics Say

"The other shoe finally drops. The front-of-the-house version of Kitchen Confidential; a painfully funny, excruciatingly true-life account of the waiter's life. As useful as it is entertaining." (Anthony Bourdain)
"I really enjoyed Waiter Rant. The book is engaging and funny, a story told from my polar opposite perspective." (John DeLucie, chef of The Waverly Inn)

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    Ryan Goodman 01-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great perspective on restaurant business"

    I greatly enjoyed the book and perspective we don't usually hear from the restaurant business. Gives me a little more appreciation for service industry. Plus, it was a great comic at times through the book.

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    tav. Napa, CA United States 01-04-15
    tav. Napa, CA United States 01-04-15
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    "Very informative"

    A MUST read for anyone who dines out.
    I love these stories, and respect my servers more having read this.
    The recording is over modulated, but not unlistenable.

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    "He thinks way too highly of himself"

    By the 3rd or 4th chapter I was already sick of hearing how great the author is. I didn't bother finishing it so I can't give an honest review of the entire book, but I wasn't at all impressed with what I did get through.

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    Tim United States 12-03-14
    Tim United States 12-03-14 Member Since 2011

    Putting books on the back burner.

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    "Keep the Change"

    Read Steve Dublanica's other book instead. "Keep the Change" is more informational than "Waiter Rant." This book is a blog post from a disgruntled waiter that likes to complain. This is my second time at listening to "Waiter Rant" and its still interesting to hear what servers goes through, but it was very redundant. If I didn't liked my job, I could had written a book on being on a hamster wheel, just spinning and spinning.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 03-26-14
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Palatable!"

    This book was not at all what I expected. I thought it would be more of a compilation of short and funny anecdotes about irate customers. While there were these scenes in the book, it was more of a memoir about the author's experiences as a waiter. The book focuses on two particular restaurants, and was an eye opener for me. I have no experience in the restaurant industry other than as a consumer, and I enjoyed hearing about the day-to-day life of a waiter. There were some things I figured happened, and some things I had no idea about. Of course, there is the obligatory chapter on disgusting conditions in restaurants and what some waiters do for revenge (yes, including spitting in the food of customers who complain and return meals constantly). This just bolsters my motto: there are two people in life I do not piss off - the person who has control of my food and my hairdresser! Everyone else? Well, they are fair game, LOL!

    The narration was very good as well. The narrator was even keeled when needed, but just as easily was very emphatic when he had to let loose with a curse or two!

    Overall, I really liked this book.

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    Farien 03-21-14
    Farien 03-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Respect your Waiter, they have a Life Too"
    Would you recommend Waiter Rant to your friends? Why or why not?

    We all eat at restaurants, while this takes on a dairy like story of the narrator and not the gross things we expect to hear when you send a meal back to the kitchen, it shows that our servers have to put up with a lot of things to do their job. When they do it well, tip them - with money.


    What aspect of Dan John Miller’s performance would you have changed?

    A couple of times it is referenced a tip above 20% is required for exceptional service, this seems to be aside from the social norm.


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    Wasem Tulsa, OK, United States 02-05-14
    Wasem Tulsa, OK, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2015

    Book worm.

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    "It's actually pretty entertaining!"
    If you could sum up Waiter Rant in three words, what would they be?

    Proved my point that (most) waiters are indeed people that care only about their tip but certainly not their customers, I never ask a waiter what's good in their menu because I know they will tell you what is available and what will at the end lead to a better tip.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Need not be changed, maybe leave out the cursing worlds, too trashy for some people.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The one about the homeless guy getting a free dinner from the bistro customer.


    Any additional comments?

    What I got out from this book is, waiters who deserve good tips will get good tips, those who don't won't, I will not tip you because I have a social pressure on me, I will tip you for a serves you've provided, if this service is good you are getting a good tip, if it's not, then sorry it's not my fault that you are not good at what you're doing.

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    Tina Harker Heights, TX, United States 01-29-14
    Tina Harker Heights, TX, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If you've ever waited tables....."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book for those that aren't looking for any earth shattering revelations about the food industry. It was entertaining and reminded me that I quit waiting on tables for a reason. Even though I look back on those times as key to shaping my work ethics and developing skills that have helped me deal with difficult personalities.


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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 05-06-13
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun, Informative Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I already have. Anyone who has worked in the industry or eats out will enjoy this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waiter Rant?

    When the writer's girlfriend was stiffed by two girls (who turn out to be servers themselves!) and how she reacts to it. We've all been there!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many - but what stands out right now was the rich man with the cheap hooker.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No guffaws or tears on this one, it was just an easy enjoyable read. Very similar to Heads in Beds.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate some of the things I learned from this book.
    Also, I relived some of my own experiences both as a former server MANY years ago, and as a co-customer with some of the arrogant people he writes about. I've been embarrassed by some of my dining partners in my years. It's funny to hear a server's perspective.

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    Virginia OCONOMOWOC, WI, United States 08-19-12
    Virginia OCONOMOWOC, WI, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ever been a waiter / ever been served by a waiter?"
    Where does Waiter Rant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A JOYFUL read with great humor. This brought back so many memories of my "waiting" days.

    If you have ever gone out to a restaurant, there are things you should know ... this book, albeit short, does give you a behind the scenes of what the staff really does.


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