*Disclaimer: This is in no way a stab at anyone in particular. Just something that has been on my mind for some time now. If you are offended, don't read :)*
You all probably know by now, I work in the food/beverage industry. Yes, I am a server/bartender.
A few years ago, while working in my hometown sports bar, I heard the comment, "Oh who cares, she's just a waitress" from one of my customers. Um.. Excuse me?
I have been in this industry since I was 15 years old. Needless to say, I'm damn good at what I do. One thing I have noticed while working in this industry, is the way people view those of us who say, "Can I take your order?". I don't know about you, but where I come from, I would get looked down upon for not being in school, and working double shifts every day at the local sports bar. And to be honest, it was mostly by my peers.
School is not for everyone people. I mean, congrats to those of you who have finished or are on your way, because that really is a huge accomplishment, but some of us have different routes to take. And honestly, I make just as much if not more money a year as you do with your shiny diploma, except here's the catch, I don't have student loan debt and I only work three days a week. (Except for this week :P)
If there were not people who worked as servers or bartenders, where you go out to eat? That happy hour you and your girls go to once a week? Yea that is because of people like me.
Working in this industry is amazing when you're a 23 year old free spirit who decided to pack a suitcase on a whim and follow a boy to a rock in the middle of the ocean. It comes in handy when you randomly decided to backpack a total of 22 miles in the middle of nowhere. It's perfect when you're just shy of rent and can pick up a shift the night before it's due and make double the amount your rent costs in the first place. Yea...
People tend to forget we are humans too trying to make a living in this world. Every one has to eat.
With all of this said, remember it next time you go out to eat or simply for a drink. Tip your servers and bartenders (if they do a good job obviously). We pay our bills with that tip money, not by standing on our feet for several hours of the day, waiting on you hand and foot. :)