Ex server says he reserved large tables during his shift

A former waiter reveals his trick to making sure his shift doesn’t get too crowded — and all it took was a few minutes and a phone.

In his video, which has racked up over 4 million views as of Saturday, @iamjcowell writes that he would call and reserve large tables to save himself the hassle of having to serve someone there.

“When I worked part-time as a waiter, I called the restaurant without caller ID and reserved tables for large groups so it wouldn’t be full when I worked because I hated the job so much,” an on-screen text overlay reads .

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The Daily Dot contacted @iamjcowell via Instagram direct message regarding the video.

Some viewers wrote that they did similar things at their restaurant jobs to either reduce their workload or get free food.

“When I was hosting and my manager just pissed me off, I called the restaurant and organized a 26-person party,” one commenter wrote.

“I was a host and called and placed large orders for food I wanted to try,” wrote another viewer. “No-show orders were given to workers to eat for free.”

“I used to lie and say our late tables were booked so I could leave earlier,” said one user.

Viewers outside of the restaurant industry also shared their creative workarounds to avoid real work.

“I kept calling my own cell phone while telemarketing for three months,” claimed one user. “No regrets lol.”

“When I worked in retail, I always told customers we were closing for unprecedented reasons,” shared another viewer.

“I make appointments at work so no one comes when I’m at a certain station,” wrote one commenter.


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*Initial publication: March 11, 2023 2:43 pm CST

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