You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat the wait staff at a restaurant. And servers know, even when people think that they're being polite, they're actually being a nightmare.

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Here's what you should never say to your server:

  1. "Thanks, sweetie/honey/baby/sugar." Using pet names is inappropriate, you don't them, they don't know you.
  2. "I'll take... or Give me..." Always ask nicely for your order. Demanding it implies entitlement.
  3. "What's your favorite thing on the menu?" Your server is more than likely sick of everything on the menu and their tastes vary from yours.
  4. "Susie, tell her what you want." They don't have all day to wait for your 4-year-old to mumble out an order. Just order for your kids.
  5. "Can you split the check six ways?" Splitting the bill can be necessary, but splitting beyond three ways is excessive.

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