12 Tricks Used by Waiters That Most People Never Notice

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People make use of tricks and subterfuge in all walks of life, the majority of which most of us know nothing about. And in places like restaurants, there are dozens of secrets.

Bright Side decided to share some cunning methods used by waiters to make sure you don’t fall into their traps again.

If you’ve finally managed to get into a popular restaurant when it’s completely empty, only to find yourself seated in the most uncomfortable place by the door, don’t be surprised. This is how these businesses attract customers: by creating the impression that they’re full.

Many restaurant owners apply the "golden tables" rule: attractive people are seated on the veranda, by the windows, or in the center of the room in an attempt to create a better impression of the establishment.

Have you noticed that the best tables in restaurants always seem to be reserved? They’re not always reserved, however. Those little signs are often kept out to ward off couples taking over 6 seats to themselves.

Here’s another unwritten rule: food that’s fallen to the ground and has been there for less than 5 seconds is not counted as wasted. And in some places, the 5-second rule quickly becomes the 10-second rule.

Do you know those people who worry that the waiter’s going to take away their food if they leave the table for so much as a second? Well, this really is the goal of a lot of waiters: to remove your plate the second you’ve had your last bite. The idea is that the empty table will embarrass the customer enough to make them order something else.

Waiters also use the “closed question“ trick. In fact, this is used in both fast food diners and Michelin-starred restaurants. It works likes this: no sooner have you uttered a word about drinks, then you’ll be asked ”white or red wine?" You then feel embarrassed to refuse wine, despite originally intending not to have any.

As soon as the bottle appears on your table, you’re presented with the next trap: the waiter begins to hover incessantly around your table, constantly filling your glass up after every sip. He’s trying to make sure your bottle is finished while you’re still eating, to make sure you order another.


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