Take A Moment To Appreciate These Awkward Dates That Waiters Had To Suffer Through

Anyone who has ever worked in any kind of customer service role definitely has a few interesting stories to tell, and waiters or waitresses are no exception.

People are hangry, they don’t like the meal they ordered, they’re suffering through awkward first dates or dealing with getting served divorce papers, and the waiters are the ones who are there to witness it all! Then those waiters take to the internet so we can all appreciate the awkwardness of someone trying to break up with another by putting a note in a ring box as if he was going to propose…

Letting The Whole Waitstaff Down

waiter watched adorable first date unfold that ended in woman's husband showing up
Photo Credit: Reddit / Helpsharelove
Photo Credit: Reddit / Helpsharelove

It would be hard to get invested in this couple’s love story, only to find out that there maybe isn’t a love story there at all. Four hours is a long time to be on a date with someone just for their husband to show up and dash your dreams.

And He Quit By 5:22 PM

Reddit post: My first table ever at a job I started in 2021 was a break up, and they were one of two couples in the restaurant. It was at 5:20 pm.
Photo Credit: Reddit / SuperSalad_OrElse
Photo Credit: Reddit / SuperSalad_OrElse

Let’s hope for this man’s sake that this wasn’t an indication of what was to come for the shifts ahead. Working at a restaurant where people go to break up does not sound like our idea of a good time.

A One-Man Show

man talking non stop for 1.5 hours on date
Photo Credit: Reddit / TheStankTank
Photo Credit: Reddit / TheStankTank

That poor girl started off so full of joy and life and promise, thinking maybe she’d finally found a man that she was interested in, only to sit through his one-man monologue.

This Probably Could’ve Been Phrased Better

two people who told bartender they'd been married for different lengths of time because they weren't married to each other, but going through divorces
Photo Credit: Reddit / Orange_Bleeder
Photo Credit: Reddit / Orange_Bleeder

You just know that bartender walked back into the kitchen to explain the weird encounter he just had with the couple sitting at the bar. Some clarification questions might have been helpful here.

Making An Escape Plan

college-age first date where girl said
Photo Credit: Reddit / youngandstarving
Photo Credit: Reddit / youngandstarving

If she’s willing to leave the date you’re currently on to go hang out with a friend, chances are that date probably isn’t going that well, even if she said she was having a nice time.

So That’ll Just Be On One Bill?

being hit on by person on date with boyfriend watching
Photo Credit: Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit

You can’t blame the guy for wanting to switch with someone else, especially considering that interaction might have caused the couple to break up. It’s time to retreat to a different section of tables.

Just Keep Bringing The Breadsticks

waiter asked how everyone was doing and woman responded
Photo Credit: Reddit / kiwikoopa
Photo Credit: Reddit / kiwikoopa

What you say to that is “Okay great, would you like to start off with some drinks, or maybe some appetizers?” That is a situation that you definitely don’t want to get in the middle of.

Just Your Typical Boring Night Out

husband saying it's just an anniversary when waiter asked if they were celebrating something
Photo Credit: Reddit / geewhizz90
Photo Credit: Reddit / geewhizz90

Ah yes, because everyone knows that a wedding anniversary is just like any other day. I’m sure his wife was thrilled to hear him tell the hostess this. Maybe they’ll bring her a free dessert as a consolation.

Nice To Have The Gang Back Together

ex girlfriend with friend showed up to restaurant on date
Photo Credit: Reddit / Wittyandpithy
Photo Credit: Reddit / Wittyandpithy

The man who was on the date with that woman should take it as a sign of what kind of person he’s getting involved with. Do you really want to be with someone that vindictive?

Getting Heated, But Not About Golf

couple who both went in bathroom who came back to awkwardly talk about golf
Photo Credit: Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit

Was it awkward before they went to the bathrooms too, or did something happen that changed the night for them? No matter what, golf seems like one of those topics that you could probably avoid unless the person already told you they were super into it or something.

Smile And Nod, And Don’t Ask Questions

sneaky acts under the table that the waiter had to see
Photo Credit: Reddit / kklolzzz
Photo Credit: Reddit / kklolzzz

Who doesn’t love to witness public indecency on a Friday night when they’re just trying to earn their minimum wage salary and get that good tip so they can go home to wallow in pity over their life?

The Worst Possible Way To Do This

breaking up with ring box with a note inside
Photo Credit: Reddit / Stepan1894
Photo Credit: Reddit / Stepan1894

This, arguably, seems like one of the worst ways that someone could consciously plan to break up with another person. He went to the effort knowing she’d think it was a ring, not a breakup note.

An Awkward First Encounter Post-Breakup

running into an ex at the restaurant you work at while she's on a date with someone else
Photo Credit: Reddit / CMMND
Photo Credit: Reddit / CMMND

All around, an awkward time was had by everyone. Depending on who broke up with who, the waiter might have gotten a decent tip out of it if she felt bad enough.

What Were The Findings From The Study?

sociological study or tinder date mishap
Photo Credit: Reddit / throwawaybreaks
Photo Credit: Reddit / throwawaybreaks

We’d be very curious to read the findings of the study, especially if they involve men who wear rollerblades to what they think is a first date. That man probably had a lot of interesting stories to tell.

There Can Only Be One Winner

two men on first date pitted against each other
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Photo Credit: Reddit

If you showed up to a date and discovered that a second person was also there to go on a date, would you stay for dinner? We’d have been putting our coat back on and getting in our car.

Making A Quick Getaway

man on date going into kitchen to ask if there's a back entrance and then leaving
Photo Credit: Reddit / happyLittleTrees17
Photo Credit: Reddit / happyLittleTrees17

If you know that something is bad within 30 minutes of sitting down, maybe it’s for the best that he made a quick getaway. Was it the most mature way to deal with it? No, but who knows what happened or what was said during that half-hour?

Keeping It In The Family

woman on date in restaurant admitted to sleeping with boyfriends brother
Photo Credit: Reddit / Foxjessie
Photo Credit: Reddit / Foxjessie

You can picture her standing in the bathroom, staring at herself in the mirror trying to psyche herself up to admit to her boyfriend that she’d been sleeping with his brother. Do you think she split the check with him at least?

Sorry, That’s Not On The Menu

husband asking for a shot gun when waiter asks if they want to start off with drinks
Photo Credit: Reddit / RhodeIslandisFake
Photo Credit: Reddit / RhodeIslandisFake

We’d say this definitely counts as an awkward encounter, even if it might not have counted as a date. It seems like they might have some things to work through, and a few nights of quality time isn’t going to solve anything.

Feels Like The Wrong Place to Do This…

serving divorce papers in public at restauarant
Photo Credit: Reddit / ThereandBack22
Photo Credit: Reddit / ThereandBack22

Serving your spouse with divorce papers feels like one of those things that you should probably do in the privacy of your own home. Unless he wasn’t sure how she was going to react and he wanted the added security of doing it in public?

She Makes A Good Point

date who left man sitting in mcdonalds because he got her order wrong
Photo Credit: Reddit / shadez36
Photo Credit: Reddit / shadez36

It might have been a little harsh, but the woman still makes a good point. It might be difficult to build a life with someone who crumbles under the pressure of ordering a Big Mac meal.