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Excuse Me, Waiter! I Mean, Server? How Shall I Refer to You?

Hall shall we refer to thee? Rhett?

The great Glenn Mitchell, host of KERA’s The Glenn Mitchell Show, once asked me if people who make a living waiting on tables prefer to be called waiters/waitresses or servers. I replied servers. I was a guest on his show at the time and the phone lines lit up with servers who demanded to be referred to as waiters/waitresses and vice versa. At the end of the hour, we tallied the votes and it was dead even.

That was 2004. I’m curious to hear from the masses now: What shall we call you?

BTW, I’ve come up with a new term for obnoxious foodies: Dishbags. Like it?

6 comments on “Excuse Me, Waiter! I Mean, Server? How Shall I Refer to You?

  1. I’m a fine dining waiter/female. Professionals that I know prefer to be called waiters whether you are male or female. Servers work at Chilis, waitresses work at Ihop. All of us wait, we wait for you to get there, we wait for your drinks, we wait for you to drink them, we wait for you to order, eat, pay and then we wait for you to leave. ;)

  2. I wait tables and the first thing i do is introduce myself by name to my tables and let them know that i will be waiting on them. Call me a server or a waiter i don’t really care but i prefer to be called jerimy by the people that i am waiting on.

  3. I wait tables and the first thing i do is introduce myself by name to my tables and let them know that i will be waiting on them. Call me a server or a waiter i don’t really care but i prefer to be called jerimy by the people that i am waiting on.