65 Percent of Waiters Admit They Make You Wait Longer for Food If You Annoy Them

He's just not that into you.
He's just not that into you. Photo: Shutterstock

This is probably one of those curiosity-killed-the-cat deals, but if you’re dying to know what waitstaff do behind those double-hinged doors whenever they suspect a customer in the dining room is a jerk, our friends over at Science of Us will enlighten you about a crazy new study. Basically, Baylor University and University of Houston researchers looked at “counterproductive work behavior,” which of course includes reprisals reported by some 438 food-service employees. And, well, it turns out it’s pretty rough business back there in the back-of-house.

In addition to making you wait, 78 percent of servers said they lied to customers, and 61 percent ignored them. A disturbing 6 percent said they’ve done stuff to your food, and with the feedback system between gratuity-seeking servers and needy customers as strong as ever, perhaps this finding should be considered the best argument yet for abolishing tipping altogether.

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