Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Review of 'Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-- Confessions of a Cynical Waiter' by Steve Dublanica (Audio Book)

"According to The Waiter, eighty percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat.  The remaining twenty percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.  'Waiter rant' offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant behavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.  Through outrageous stories, The Waiter reveals the secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and how to keep him from spitting in your food.  The Waiter also shares his ongoing struggle, at age thirty-eight, to figure out if he can finally leave the first job at which he's really thrived."

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when i picked this out at the library.  I only knew what I recognized it from when my friend found a copy at Half-Price Books and she recommended it after she was a ways into it.

Readers/Listeners learn the secrets of tipping, what happens in the kitchen if you tick off the waiters or the cooks, and the various crises and excuses that crop up around many restaurants around the country from The Waiter.  All of these things aren't told to you point-blank though.  No.  As a waiter, the author has numerous stories to tell and loads of advice to give in the process.

Something kind of cool is, this book was essentially started on a blog.  It still exists, too!  Go to Google and type in "Waiter Rant Blog" or something similar.

As a waiter, the author witnesses a plethora of crazy, shocking, and perplexing incidents.  Now, in this book, you too can share in the craziness of being a waiter.

While things like tipping are very important in American society, I thought the author went on about tipping for quite a long time.  What I found most exciting was an incident (several, actually) that occurred in the middle of the summer and how he dealt with the situation.  I was getting a bit of an adrenaline rush just listening.  It was amazing!

'Waiter Rant' is a book meant for young adults and up.  The Waiter keeps you with him all along the way, but you'll always want to keep looking because you want to.  It's quite funny with strong language throughout and is well worth the read/listen!

I give 'Waiter Rant':
Thanks for Reading!



  1. I must read this. Food service workers unite!

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