I don’t trust someone who is nice to me but rude to the waiter. Because they would treat me the same way if I were in that position. – Muhammad Ali

How people treat waiters can communicate a lot about one’s personality, to fully understand the personality traits, one needs to look at the story from two different perspectives those that treat waiters well and those that don’t. From each behavior, certain personality traits can be revealed.

When entering a restaurant, to have a meal with your loved ones, you want to treat everyone with respect from the doorman to the cleaners. Making a good first impression in a restaurant is crucial because people will create a mental image based on that. On the flip side, if you behave badly towards the staff in the restaurant, they will remember how you treat them, and it will be hard to reverse the mental image they have in mind.

Accept the fact everyone has a story, and it isn’t right for us to judge them based on their current situation. The waiter or waitress might be the sole breadwinner, or perhaps they are working two jobs. Maybe they are paying for their studies. Whatever the situation, this type of person remains cognizant of the fact that all humans are equal.

Have you ever heard of “The Waiter Rule”? It says that the way someone treats the wait staff at a restaurant shows how they often feel about and treat those who are perceived to be of a lower status. On the other hand, those who are kind considerate and appreciative of their wait staff are often happier and more successful in their lives.

Make a little effort to make eye contact with the person serving you. Smile. Ask how they are doing. They are often dealing with many things ‘behind the scenes’ both personally and in their job that the customer never knows about. Be compassionate if your food doesn’t come out as quickly as you’d like. It might be your first and last time in that restaurant so it is best for you to end your night, with a full belly with a smile on your face as you walk out the door.

Tips for making a good first impression at a restaurant

– Present yourself appropriately – physical appearance matters remember you are not the only person eating in that restaurant so it is good to take time to think about what are you going to wear.

– Don’t forget to smile – smiling indicates that you have something positive going on in your life. A warm and confident smile will put both you and the other person at ease.

– Use small talk – when the waiter comes up to you don’t be afraid to ask them about how is their day going. This will make them feel appreciated.

– Have an open body language – When it comes to making a good first impression, body language can often speak louder than words. The staff won’t remember how much you tipped them in a year’s time but they will always remember how you treat them.

Happy dinning!