What are some basic or not so basic things you can tell me about being a waitress?

I just applied for a job as a food server. Other than the obvious like smiling and paying attention to my customers what else can someone tell me that would be beneficial to doing a good job? I keep hearing the term four top or five top, what does that mean and what is the lingo that I'll need to know? Also, how does the tipping out of the bus boys work? Is it taken out automatically? How does the restaurant know what I earned in tips if the customer left cash? Do I report it too? Also, are there any other expectations of a server besides serving? Do I have to mop or wipe down tables at all in between customers or when the place closes? The place I applied to is a restaurant where the tips are not shared, it's at place where it's kinda happy-hour-ish, very busy, very much an "after work" kinda crowd.

Asked By: GA_Hottie - 7/14/2007
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Answered By: queen462606 - 7/14/2007
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If your hot, you will get hit on. You are not in the Salem, OR area so I can come hit on you, are you? :D I could use practice :-/
Answered By: Scorpdarkly - 7/14/2007
All of the multiple questions you have asked have different answers depending on the restaurant, so you should probably ask someone there. For example, at some restaurants all tips go into a jar and everyone shares, at some chinese restaurants the waitresses can't keep any tips.
Answered By: Knock N - 7/14/2007
One piece of advice from a bartender... remember to tip the bar. If not, you'll start to wonder why it's taking so long to get your drinks.
Answered By: Tristan M - 7/14/2007
You need to brush your teeth at least once a week... More
Answered By: Psychic Sally - 7/14/2007
There are basics that any waitress at every restaurant should follow... More
Answered By: mim - 7/14/2007
i work in a country club waitressing so to us a four top or five top is the number of people at a table. Also the table size like i have a three top put them at the four top by the bar. As far as where i work the customers like you to take the time to communicate. Ask how their night is and be true about it. I have... More
Answered By: nikkilopez1982 - 7/14/2007
The thing that grosses me out the most is when glasses are being removed fromj the table and nasty fingers are on or in the rims. Please remove the glassware from the stems
Answered By: John T - 7/14/2007
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