The Bitchy Waiter

Tales, Tips & Trials from a Life in Food Service
Narrated by: Darron Cardosa
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
4.3 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Millions of people have, at some point in their lives, waited tables. Some did it only in college or got out by sheer determination, good luck...or suicide. Others took it on as permanent employment. And many remain haunted by nightmare scenarios where they are the sole servers in restaurants packed with complaining patrons.

For all those disenchanted current and former food service employees, Darron Cardosa has your back. His career began at a Texas steakhouse in 1984, and since 2008 he's vented his frustrations on the popular blog The Bitchy Waiter.

A snarky mix of David Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain, Erma Bombeck, and Mo Rocca, Cardosa distills 30 years of food service into dark, funny tales - about crazy customers, out-of-control egos, and what really goes on in that fancy restaurant - that anyone who worked in the industry will recognize and relate to.

©2016 Darron Cardosa (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Best Book Ever!!

Such a funny book! On top of the comedic stories, there are several heartwarming moments. This is the first book I have ever read that has made me literally laugh out loud. This is a must-read for anyone involved in the food service industry and an eye opener for anyone who isn't.

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Hilarious

Cardosa said he started working in a restaurant while in high school. After college he continued in the industry while trying to make a career as a writer. He says he has worked in all types of restaurants, from neighborhood cafes, fast food to upscale celebrity chef spots and has worked all over the country.

The book has some funny stories about lousy tippers, obnoxious diners to misbehaved children. He also includes some dos and don’ts for diners which I thought were helpful. I could not believe that people would expect the waiter to run to a store to purchase something the restaurant did not provide on its menu or was out of that day. It is hard to believe the rudeness of people and in some ways the casual disregard is worse.

Cardosa said over two million people wait tables in this country. Cardosa says “Everyone should wait tables for three months. They’d understand what it’s like to have a job that’s considered subservient. People who’ve never been in that position don’t understand how easy it is to make someone feel degraded.”

I worked as a waitress while I was in high school; it is not a job I would care to do again. I did learn how tough the business world could be. The job greatly improved my memory as we were not allowed to write the orders down; we had to memorize them. Just think if you had six tables of four people each and everyone ordered something different. I have found that skill helpful over the years.

The book is well written and a delight to read. Cardosa did a good job narrating the book.

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A MUST READ!!!

It's like he is me, incarnate! The first paragraph will have you laughing out loud and understanding the meaning of life...

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Laugh Out Loud Funny

I eat in a restaurant once or twice a week. Sometimes when I am waiting for my meal to arrive I watch the servers doing their work. Even in a moderately priced chain restaurant, it takes skill to do the job well. One reason I read this book was to to get more insight into what it's like to do this job.

Darren Cardosa finds humor in customer behavior that made me cringe. It is easy to understand why he is sometimes "bitchy." His narration is superb.

I found this book to be entertaining, informative and very funny. A perfect "summer read."





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Well...he IS bitchy.

And also very funny. Insult-comic funny. Spit-take funny. Loved it.

If you want to laugh out loud and learn a little something about what your server is thinking when, for instance, you present a clean plate and jokingly say the food was just terrible, get this book. (Just in case you imagine (as I did) that you're the only person who thought of that little joke, you're not.)

Worth the credit for the fun.

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So many laughs!

If you could sum up The Bitchy Waiter in three words, what would they be?

Hospitality industry gold!

What did you like best about this story?

Darron is a wonderful author and narrator. He is hilarious and I love all his stories about the BS we all go through working in a restaurant.

Any additional comments?

If you're easily offended, and/or don't work in the restaurant industry, or are not willing to listen to real stories about asshole people, then you won't like this book. But, if you're in the industry and/or hate people, this is for you!

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Starts off ok then loses me...

When the author just tells stories about his experiences, the book is amusing. Yes he tilts towards being really negative, but he's got "bitchy" right in the title, so... When he gets to the last chapter he reads these weird, pointless fictional stories that he has created based on his waiting experiences, ie he is a waiter at a dinner with Christ and the Apostles where Christ turns water into wine. All of these stories are not very good and hard to get through. He should stick to what he does best and tell stories about his real experiences as a waiter... This book was a decent time-waster, but in truth I could take it or leave it...

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read on a recommendation

while his voice n sometimes petty, rambling stories got on my nerves every once in a while it was a good, lighthearted read that I don't regret.

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Horrible!

The title of this book should be nothing but bitching because that is what he does the entire book. Maybe because I am a business owner and I work very hard to keep my patients happy and taken care of but I could not handle this book. There is nothing worse than a person who just complains and talks trash about their customers or their place of work!

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Tooo bitchy

As someone who works retail I understood how customers can get out of control, however what seemed sooo strange to me was that out of all the stories in the book there were only 3 that make me see the human side of the bitchy waiter at all. The story about the passing of his dog, the older couple were the wife had dementia and the Linda Laven story ..all of theses stories and that is all to make him human ☹️ I feel this could have been sooo much more.

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A Server's Best Friend

Loved it. The author/narrator paints a really vivid picture with his words. Every server can truly relate to these stories. ❤️