- On any given night, I am assigned 4 tables.
- The only money that I will make throughout the night comes from these 4 tables.
- Tables generally turn approximately once an hour.
- If a table has pitched a tent, the table they are at is no longer available for future customers.
- If the table does not turn, I will make no extra money from it.
- This potentially cuts my profit for the night by 1/4, assuming that only one table is camping.
How camping affects other customers:
- Campers hold up tables that could be used for customers who have had to wait.
- Patrons on the wait list are quoted times based on the assumption that all tables will eat and leave.
- Now, a quote may be over because of campers.
- Some customers may leave rather than wait for a table that is not moving.
This is how this plays out in my bank roll.
In my first hour, all 4 tables order food, eat, and leave when finished. If the restaurant is on a wait, the potential for my second hour is very much like the first. However, this time around, all 4 tables order food, eat, and only 3 leave when finished. I am now working 3 tables. The night will continue like this until the campers decide to vacate their comfortable seats and move along. Meaning that I will miss 2, 3, 4, or more tables and the money that they may have left.
Should they leave an additional tip for taking up my table so long?
Some may argue that because I only refilled their sodas and coffee throughout the additional 3 hours that I should not be tipped beyond the 20% dictated by their check amount. But what if they only have a $35 check?
This is an issue that we face every night. My advice, move to the bar. Luckily, my restaurant offers a full bar with private seats available for people who want to stay all night.
**And Thank you to the two women who sat for 3 hours Friday with a $15 bill.
The $15 tip was greatly appreciated!!!***