A waiter is a person who "waits" on tables, often at a restaurant. A female waiter is often called a waitress, though the gender-neutral term "server" is quickly gaining ground.
Waiters' duties include preparing tables for a meal, taking customers' orders and serving drinks and food in a restaurant. Depending on the type of restaurant, this may involve other uncommon duties, such as singing a birthday song to customers who are celebrating a birthday. A Wild West-themed restaurant may even require waiters to line dance.
In the United States and other Western countries, it is traditional to tip a waiter after a meal. Where tipping is customary, a tip of 15-20% of the total bill is standard, with customers leaving more or less depending on their satisfaction with the service. It is considered quite rude to not leave a tip (known as "stiffing" the waiter), except in the most egregious violations of customer service by the waiter.
In contrast to this practice, waiters in many East Asian countries refuse tips, where they are sometimes considered an insult. Many cultures in the region believe that leaving a tip implies that the waiter is not being paid enough by his or her employer.
The give and take relationship of the waitress lends itself to tension between the bartender and the waitress, and is dealt with through use of the joking relationship.
Reasons the waitresses gave for this phenomena, were that female customers paid separately, didn├»┬┐┬Żt order in rounds, asked about drinks (a man would know what he wanted), and always seemed to order fancy drinks.
This domination leads to tension between the waitresses and bartenders, this tension is alleviated in numerous ways, one of which is the joking relationship between the waitress and other employees.
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