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Publisher's Summary

Millions of people have, at some point in their lives, waited tables. Some did it only in college or got out by sheer determination, good luck...or suicide. Others took it on as permanent employment. And many remain haunted by nightmare scenarios where they are the sole servers in restaurants packed with complaining patrons.

For all those disenchanted current and former food service employees, Darron Cardosa has your back. His career began at a Texas steakhouse in 1984, and since 2008 he's vented his frustrations on the popular blog The Bitchy Waiter.

A snarky mix of David Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain, Erma Bombeck, and Mo Rocca, Cardosa distills 30 years of food service into dark, funny tales - about crazy customers, out-of-control egos, and what really goes on in that fancy restaurant - that anyone who worked in the industry will recognize and relate to.

©2016 Darron Cardosa (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Ryan Alexander
  • 08-06-2016

Best Book Ever!!

Such a funny book! On top of the comedic stories, there are several heartwarming moments. This is the first book I have ever read that has made me literally laugh out loud. This is a must-read for anyone involved in the food service industry and an eye opener for anyone who isn't.

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  • Germaine Esquivel
  • 17-06-2016

A MUST READ!!!

It's like he is me, incarnate! The first paragraph will have you laughing out loud and understanding the meaning of life...

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  • Karen Swain
  • 01-12-2020

Enjoy!

I am a retired server. I enjoyed this book. It is so true! (Except that part about the fork in the trash, I always pulled them out🤫)


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  • Jean
  • 21-06-2016

Hilarious

Cardosa said he started working in a restaurant while in high school. After college he continued in the industry while trying to make a career as a writer. He says he has worked in all types of restaurants, from neighborhood cafes, fast food to upscale celebrity chef spots and has worked all over the country.

The book has some funny stories about lousy tippers, obnoxious diners to misbehaved children. He also includes some dos and don’ts for diners which I thought were helpful. I could not believe that people would expect the waiter to run to a store to purchase something the restaurant did not provide on its menu or was out of that day. It is hard to believe the rudeness of people and in some ways the casual disregard is worse.

Cardosa said over two million people wait tables in this country. Cardosa says “Everyone should wait tables for three months. They’d understand what it’s like to have a job that’s considered subservient. People who’ve never been in that position don’t understand how easy it is to make someone feel degraded.”

I worked as a waitress while I was in high school; it is not a job I would care to do again. I did learn how tough the business world could be. The job greatly improved my memory as we were not allowed to write the orders down; we had to memorize them. Just think if you had six tables of four people each and everyone ordered something different. I have found that skill helpful over the years.

The book is well written and a delight to read. Cardosa did a good job narrating the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-2021

Nailed It

This guy nails everything that every server has to go through on a day to day adventure when they apron up. He makes life so relatable and it's great to know I'm not alone and that everyone in the industry deals with it no matter the state or the clientele.

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  • Jess
  • 20-01-2021

THANK GOD FOR BITCHY! I Love him💖👍😂

This book hits it on the spot! I haven't laughed so much. However, more importantly my server career now has cushioned, ease and the best support to not allow the truth of these Fup zoo of customers we deal with. I have since changed my outlook at the despair things of people and look forward to being at work much more understood. I notched up my wit, my charm, people smart and a now a content victor. Thank you God Bless you Bitchy. The children stories are the best!🤣👍

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-12-2017

So many laughs!

If you could sum up The Bitchy Waiter in three words, what would they be?

Hospitality industry gold!

What did you like best about this story?

Darron is a wonderful author and narrator. He is hilarious and I love all his stories about the BS we all go through working in a restaurant.

Any additional comments?

If you're easily offended, and/or don't work in the restaurant industry, or are not willing to listen to real stories about asshole people, then you won't like this book. But, if you're in the industry and/or hate people, this is for you!

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  • Chalis
  • 05-07-2016

Laugh Out Loud Funny

I eat in a restaurant once or twice a week. Sometimes when I am waiting for my meal to arrive I watch the servers doing their work. Even in a moderately priced chain restaurant, it takes skill to do the job well. One reason I read this book was to to get more insight into what it's like to do this job.

Darren Cardosa finds humor in customer behavior that made me cringe. It is easy to understand why he is sometimes "bitchy." His narration is superb.

I found this book to be entertaining, informative and very funny. A perfect "summer read."





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  • Gary & Jay
  • 30-06-2016

Well...he IS bitchy.

And also very funny. Insult-comic funny. Spit-take funny. Loved it.

If you want to laugh out loud and learn a little something about what your server is thinking when, for instance, you present a clean plate and jokingly say the food was just terrible, get this book. (Just in case you imagine (as I did) that you're the only person who thought of that little joke, you're not.)

Worth the credit for the fun.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-2017

Horrible!

The title of this book should be nothing but bitching because that is what he does the entire book. Maybe because I am a business owner and I work very hard to keep my patients happy and taken care of but I could not handle this book. There is nothing worse than a person who just complains and talks trash about their customers or their place of work!

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  • joanne
  • 31-01-2020

A Server's Best Friend

Loved it. The author/narrator paints a really vivid picture with his words. Every server can truly relate to these stories. ❤️

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