A server has gone viral on TikTok after matching customers pushing tables together.
In the video, user Dez (@dzshc1) shows herself as a “customer” who pushes tables together and rearranges chairs. The camera then cuts to Dec “in the server station” giving the “customer” a death glare.
The video garnered over 127,000 views, with many users chiming in with comments to explain why customers shouldn’t push tables together without asking wait staff for help.
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For some, their main concerns are security-related.
“Fun fact. We need to organize them so that emergency exits are not blocked,” claimed one user. “Well no, you can’t just do that.”
“I wait for them to finish to come out and say, ‘Sorry, it’s actually a fire hazard putting those tables in there, the hostess can help you get seated,'” added another.
Others have expressed concern at how this will upset waiters’ work distribution. Because many waiters are assigned by section, moving a table to a different section can result in them receiving less tip.
“The worst thing is when they pull 2 tables from 2 diff areas and then 1 server is left without a table which means they don’t make as much money,” explained one commenter.
“It’s bad because the servers are split into different areas so you might have to pay a server or make a reservation,” said a second.
Even more were simply annoyed by customers’ apparent inability to join tables properly or see if larger tables already existed.
“I had one table pull their own tables together and knock off any plates, cups and cutlery that were already on the table,” recalled one commenter.
“We have several large tables at my work and almost EVERYDAY I have our smaller tables pushed together when our large tables are RIGHT there and OPEN,” said another.
While some servers conceded that customers were most likely just trying to be helpful or not unnecessarily disturbing waiters, there was a general agreement that if a customer wished to join tables, they should simply speak to a server about it.
“For those who are wondering if that’s bad… it’s like going into someone else’s house and rearranging their furniture. Just ask for help,” one said.
The Daily Dot reached out to Dez via TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: May 24, 2022 at 8:16 am CDT
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