Hello customers, nice to see that you all made it back.
Today’s lesson is on clearing the plates.
Picture the scene: your appetizers are finished and you are waiting for the main course. The table is covered and you can see the restaurant is packed, and your wonderful waiter/waitress is running around trying to get to every table in his/ her section.
One would think it to be beneficial to take all the dirty plates and place them together so that when the main meal arrives the waiter/waitress will have a place to put the plates down. But here lies the problem customers; apparently certain people feel that we waiters/waitresses have five arms. So while I stand there balancing scolding hot plates on my arms I am also supposed to clear the plates from in front of the customer and pass the plate down a table that is longer then my own body.
As a courtesy just stacking those plates prior to your main course arriving would greatly reduce the number of burns I have on my arms. Also if you can tell that your waiter/waitress is a tad on the short side reaching to take the plate from him/her would be helpful, unless you rather see him/her struggle to make it to the end of the table.
This little bit of help can change your servers thoughts from “Are you kidding me what do I look like an octopus?” too “ Thank you so much I wish everyone else was as helpful”.