The customer cleans up for the server after the meal, sparking a debate

A user on TikTok has sparked debate after demonstrating how he, as a customer, cleans his table after eating at a restaurant.

In a video with more than 47,000 views, TikTok user Nick (@nicksmostcommonw) shows himself stacking plates in a restaurant and putting them away behind him.

“POV: yours [sic] a client who worked in the service industry, so not only do you tip, you clean up after yourself like an adult,” he writes in the text overlaid on the video.

“Some people don’t realize that this is what adults do,” he added in a comment. “I posted this as the absolute minimum reference.”

@nicksmostcommonw What a crazy concept. #fyp #serviceindustry #resteraunt #food ♬ BOYs a LIAR PT2 NEVER DULL REMIX – Never Dull

Commentators were quick to disagree on whether or not this was the right approach to eating out.

Some advocated picking themselves up at a restaurant.

“Basic decency and manners. The people who don’t baffle me,” wrote one user.

“I’ve been making this for my family since I was little,” added another. “It’s just manners.”

“I honestly thought I should do this,” shared a third.

However, others opposed the practice.

“Lmaoo, I tip but I don’t clean the table,” said one user. “The[‘s] one of the reasons you’re going out, isn’t it?”

“If you were really a decent person, you would go in the back and do the dishes. Should probably help with the prep as well,” joked a second.

“Because of you, I’m going to make myself a bit of a jerk at the diner now,” posted another user.

For those interested in doing this yourself, a few commenters offered some advice.

“…This is great BUT if you choose to do this please put all the trash/food on the top shelf or we’ll have to separate everything anyway,” explained one user. “I used to hate it when people thought they were nice, but now I have to pile everything up, grab food from the bottom of the plate and throw it [away] discard and re-stack.”

“All food comes with the napkins on the top plate, have them stack the glasses because some cups can’t handle that,” suggested another TikToker.

We reached Nick via Instagram DM.

*Initial publication: March 16, 2023 8:48 am CDT

Braden Bjella

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