I recently came across a video on TikTok that showed two different dining tables in a restaurant, after guests had left for the evening. On one table, the plates and trash are neatly stacked together to make it easier for the busser to put away. The opposing table was left in disarray.

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Unfortunately, the boomers were responsible for the dirtier table in this video. Why that surprises me? I don't know. I guess you just tend to think that older people should set an example.

The disconnect between poor restaurant workers and old rich people is often so extreme that they don't seem to be able to get on the same page. Making someone's job easier is the least you can do after they have yes'd you to death, brought you an extra lemon, made you fries with no salt, refilled your ice tea for the 8th time, turned down the A/C for you, re-fired your steak because it wasn't cooked to charcoal (the way you like it), or dealt with any manner of strange entitlement you have displayed while in their presence. It's not hard to pack it up a little before you head out and they have to deal with someone like you all over again.

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The cleaner table in the video was left by people that were far younger, and I think that has something to do with the respect young people have for one another, especially in food service.

Most of them have been there and done that, and perhaps still do. They seem to recognize the struggles of other individuals that wait tables to put themselves through school and feed their families. That's not to say the older generation didn't ever work in food service, but maybe it's just been so long since they only had a $20 bill in their pocket to show for 10 hours of hard work that they've forgotten what it's like.

As a former back-of-house manager and chef, I can tell you firsthand that the younger generation typically left bigger tips, cleaned up after themselves better, and were far more self-aware while dining in a restaurant. They weren't as picky, didn't mind waiting a little longer on food, and were more sympathetic to restaurant stressors. Of course, the same cannot be said for everyone, but the bulk of major complaints that I came across were from the 60+ crowd.

It can also be said that some bussers have a really fast clean-up method that's easier when someone doesn't stack plates up themselves. I've seen both sides of this argument, but I can tell you that in a busy restaurant that does over $50,000 in sales each day, efficiency is key. If I was bussing and resetting tables for 200+ people, I would be incredibly happy that someone made it slightly more convenient for me.

What do you think? Are you a great tipper, a cleaner-upper, and also from the older generation? Or are you a young person that leaves the table a huge mess and barely tips? Comment below or on our Facebook page if you'd like to share your opinion. I'd love to hear your view on restaurant etiquette.

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