Serving up laughs — Anyone who’s ever worked in the service industry knows both the perks and perils: With the flexible hours come with achin’ feet, and those great tips are offset by the rudest, foulest, strangest morons imaginable — meaning both your customers and your co-workers.
All that abuse day in and day out leads up to some serious frustration, and donttipthewaiter.com offers some much-needed comic relief. A collection of satirical articles, the publication was founded in August 2004 by Detroit-area waiter Dennis Rymarz, who describes it as “The Onion meets the restaurant business.” The venture began in print, distributed to a few metro Detroit eateries and bars, but Rymarz says the launch of the Web site last month has resulted in a flurry of attention.
Articles include such fodder as “Bartender Admits: I May Have a Drinking Problem” and “Next Shift After Work Party Extremely Uncomfortable.” A sampling from the latter:
“‘K______ didn’t even come in for her shift. But then again, I don’t think I would show my face either if I spent almost the whole party in my brother’s minivan parked in our garage, letting all the dishwashers tag team me.’”
Rymarz says future content will include a buy and sell section that serves as a “sort of eBay for servers and bartenders,” entitled “Starving Server Exchange” — and it’s free to use, good news for those who blew all their hard-earned tips on the other side of the bar.
Check it out for a few giggles — and, just remember, folks, be nice to your waitstaff, or you may end up with an extra side of loogie with that burger.Got an interesting, bizarre or informative Web site you'd like to see featured here? Send it to [email protected]