Revenge For Refills

April 14, 2010

in Dining Hell Commentary

One of my pet peeves regarding customers is when someone asks for more water/iced tea/etc when there’s less than an inch of liquid missing from their glass. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it annoys me, so I came up with a satisfying solution. I go to their table with the water/iced tea pitcher and smile. I fill the glass slowly and completely, filling it to the point of creating a “bubble”at the top rendering it impossible to move the glass without spilling their drink all over the table. This tends to backfire a bit when they ask for extra napkins and I have to make yet another trip to the table, but it’s worth it. Oh, you wanted more tea? You asked for it! (I never actually say that, but I’m thinking it!)

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Clare April 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm

And yet you wonder why you get such lousy tips.


Veteran Waitress April 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Never said I got lousy tips. Actually, I do pretty well. How many servers do YOU know that own thier own home & drive a new BMW? My entry's purpose was to entertain SERVERS, not to upset anyone who's obviously never worked as one. Ciao.


Guest February 6, 2017 at 2:25 am

Let me guess you live in the ghetto.


Guest February 17, 2018 at 10:51 pm

Let me guess. You live in your parent's basement.


Good Tipper April 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

Hmm that’s a way to get me to move my normal $5 tip for a drink and sandwich to $0. Nice move Einstein.


bo April 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Keep your $5 and eat at home Einstein!!!!


Jack April 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

If I was your customer I'd knock the glass over on the table and have you clean it up.

Find another line of work Sweetie, perhaps in a factory where you don't come in contact with other people.


Veteran Waitress April 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm

We have a thing called "bussers" to clean up after slobs…thanks anyway Sweetie.


conrad August 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I bow to the Gods that you are not my customer. I like to go by the rule of if you don't want to be treated like an a#$hole don't act like one!


frequent diner April 16, 2010 at 5:05 am

Veteran Waitress — I'm sure glad you're not my server. Your attitude would definitely get you the minimum tip and management would get a complaint. If you treat the bussers like you do your customers, wow!

Quite often I'm in a restaurant and they're busy or else the server is swamped — so I ask for a refill when I see the server because who knows if and when I'll see the server again. You never said if something similar is going on here — maybe conveniently because it would make you look bad?


Veteran waitress April 16, 2010 at 5:42 am

On the contrary, I happen to to get rave reviews and have such a positive demeanor that alot of my customers thank and even hug me when they leave! Frankly, I'm glad you are not one of them…the few that see when we are busy & make assumptions that they "won't see me again". I'm happy to give refills and would prefer to do so without being asked, as opposed to being bothered when it is clear one is not needed and when I am needed elsewhere. Thanks for the feedback.


Jack April 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

When you are a "server" in a restaurant, you are there to SERVE your customers. A good server finds a way to do that even when he/she is busy. You sound like a mentally disturbed spiteful bi*ch, who can't handle the pressure of the job. Get a new line of work Sweetie, perhaps in a morgue.

If you filled my glass that way, on purpose, I'd take the glass, and wait for you to bring something to my table, and pour it on your shoes.

Hugs from your customers, yeah right.

If you have a home paid for, a nice car paid for, YOU didn't get it from your tips, maybe from your tricks, not your tips.


M April 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

Hey Jack, That's my wife you are making these personal digs at and your going way to far. Lighten up, it's not worth getting so worked up. She is an incredible individual and an extreamly hard working woman.

Good luck to you in your dining experiences.


VW April 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm

M- Thank you, I love us!

Jack- Wow, & I'M mentally disturbed? You have far more issues than I ever will…SWEETIE. Are you THAT much of an asshole, or is it just because you have anonymity when using a computer? Picked on alot as a kid perhaps? No dates in HS? I'd bet alot of money on it that you are SINGLE. You seem like a sad/disturbed person and I will say a prayer for you even though I am not even religious. Best of luck.


jack April 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm

I have three wives, one in NYC, one in Atlanta, and one in Baltimore. The one in NYC is a waitress, and she rocks, she makes huge tips and knows how to fill an iced tea glass.. The one in Atlanta is a welfare mom. We have three kids, 2 dogs and a large South American bird all in a two room apartment. Now the one in Baltimore rules, she owns a Crab House on Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. I spend about 6 months of the year with her. She read your messages, and said she wouldn't let you clean up behind her customers, much less wait on them.

Have a good life Sweetie, just don't give up your day job in the morgue for writing entertaining stories. Above all don't pray for me, I'm sure your on you knees for other things. LOL

Jack April 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm

She's your wife, I'm sorry for you!

When you ask her for more iced tea, does she fill your glass to the brim?



Sisi October 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Well, she needs anger management.


Guest February 6, 2017 at 2:31 am

Sure she is. Sounds like a real gem.


rerere April 16, 2010 at 9:10 am

This is why I think of you guys as third-world citizens who deserve to be spit upon.


VW April 16, 2010 at 9:24 am

Awww, how sad for YOU, rerere. How's that attitude working out for you?

(you're inviting bad karma, hope someone spits in your food)


rerere April 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Then why are you a waitress then? Hmmmmm?!


Mindy April 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Everyone. Veteran waitress. Is. A. Troll.

End of argument please.


Niddy April 19, 2010 at 11:56 am

I must agree with Mindy on this.


rerere April 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Me too.


Troll April 17, 2010 at 6:09 am

Mindy- go play with the other wives now. Maybe they can teach you how. to. type.


rerere April 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Troll, you're a troll.


JJ April 19, 2010 at 11:55 am



Kiddy April 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm

“Other wives”?


At Your Service May 21, 2010 at 8:03 pm

@VeteranWaitress: This is not the site for you! Ignore all these haters and go to It's exclusively for servers to rant… and customers to STAY AWAY. I liked your story!


VWaitress May 22, 2010 at 4:48 am

@At YourServive,

Thanks, I will check it out. You're right, this site isn't for me at all! I was just trying to give a little (humorous) perspective & ppl started calling me names? WTH? These people don't get it and they never will. Thanks again!


rerere May 22, 2010 at 10:50 am



Sarah June 15, 2010 at 12:19 am

No, people just think that because you are a server, you are a slave who must do everything perfectly. I get it, lol. I work with the general public.


Jack October 2, 2010 at 11:13 am


If you choose to be a "server" (I take it you are not being forced into that line of work) then it is you job to SERVE customers. If you do a good job you will get a reward with a nice tip. If you're sloppy, and snotty with a lousy attitude, you'll end up with, maybe nothing.

Being a server is a good way for a person without business skills, or much of an education to earn really decent money. As with anything in life you have to give 100% effort to get by. A 150% effort on the servers part gets the golden ring.


Guest February 6, 2017 at 2:36 am

Another one, key word for that site -stuck- if you had any skill set at all , you wouldn't be looking for ways to make others lives miserable.


Keiko October 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm



Ally November 19, 2010 at 3:52 am

HA! That is great! I used to serve and cocktail and I actually work in the hotel industry still. I love messing with people who are crazy like that! Don't mind the haters they just don't understand from a servers stand point what its like to deal with nasty people.


John February 20, 2011 at 1:10 am

150% Jack? Educated, Jack? Shut up, Jack.


Kim Craig April 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm



Rachel July 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Man, oh man, I dislike Jack, but I' actually going to have to take the side against the server on this one. People who guzzle drinks are annoying, but if they aren't flat-out rude, being passive-aggressive with them is unwarrented. And that is just petty and childish. I wouldn't blame a custumer who stiffed you if you did that to him.


conrad August 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

First of all if someone needs a refill after only a few sips of their beverage is a red flag for "I'm going to run you to death for everything". You are taking the time from the server and the guests who REALLY need something. We DO know how to check on our tables if I see your glass is at the half way mark or a little under I will get you another. And should you have to wait a few minutes to get it SORRY you are NOT our only priority! And chances are these people who make you get them ANOTHER refill never touch it anyway. Do these people really have 5 Pepsi's with their dinners at home? Don't think so!!!


Hemi Halliwell August 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm

WOW. You are a really rude server. If you did that to my table, I would ask to speak to the manager and leave you a very lousy tip.
Some people like to have their glasses full all the time. You are a server. If you don't like being a server then maybe you should you quit and find another line of work.


yudelnoodle June 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm

wow i wasn't expecting all that negativity! But seriously, everyone, answer me this. If you have a 16 ounce cup and you have 15 ounces of beverage left, why would you ask for a refill?


tardo September 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Oh, the old “I have a house and a new BMW” line.
Yes, that’s so very true. Yes.


Ace November 27, 2016 at 1:32 pm

This server is the one who DEFINITELY deserves a tip left under a water filled glass! (You know what I am talking about- put a bill on a piece of cardboard, then put both on top of the glass, flip the glass over quickly and remove the cardboard- there will be no way to get the tip or bus the table without spilling water all over!). So if this ever happens to you, you now know how to get the revenge! >:)


Sean T February 10, 2017 at 1:11 pm

Good lord, do you idiots really think that we in the service industry haven't figured out a way to beat that stupid "Tip in the water glass" crap?

1. Get clean bus tub or other container.
2. Slide glass to edge of table above the container.
3. Allow water to drain into container, no mess.
4. Get paid.


VW April 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Nice to see you've lightend up a bit! (even laughing, I'm impressed) Too late, already said my prayers for you and your fucked up life!


Chiquita Chick April 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm

3 wives???


BigJim April 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Really? Three wives? You are such a lying sack of shit. Why would you even WANT to make up some dumb-ass shit like that? What an idiot! Hey Jack, everyone who reads this is laughing at you!!


jack April 17, 2010 at 12:13 am

Yeah, I a glutton for punishment.


Jack April 16, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Hey, the three wives post was about as credible as most of the stories posted on this site. 🙂

If you're dumb enough to believe it, that's up to you.

I still think the vindictive waitress who gets her jollies over filling iced tea glasses is an idiot.


Bob April 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Except for the wife on welfare, I'm kind of proud of him… hehe.


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