Have you ever waited tables or been a bartender?

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    The other thread about the "Facebook" waitress got me wondering how many of us have worked (or still do work) in the "Biz" as we used to call it.



    How long did you wait/bartend-and did you enjoy it?
     
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    I did bartend for awhile after my divorce. I enjoyed it for a couple of years until I started getting so tired of looking at drunks.

    The money was good.
     
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    I waited tables when I was younger. Mom said earning your own money is character building. She was right.... again. It's an annoying habit with Mothers. Damn them!

    Anyway, it was really hard work but I liked it. Tips were cool! I don't think I have the temperament to wait tables - I find it hard to be nice to rude people. But most people were pretty nice and it was a fun time.

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    Waited tables for 3 years in high school. On Saturdays from 8-12 could make $150 on big counter that seated 25. That was in the mid 70's. After school, 4-7 would make 35-50 bucks. To this day I can't figure out why I left that to work min. wage in book store, other than not smelling like fries. ;)
     
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    first job: local soda fountain/diner....in local shopping center....a little bartending mostly just pulling beers
     
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    I think location has a lot to do with it. I worked at Henrici's in Oak Brook Center, the restaurant was well known in Chicago for dining room. The coffee shop though is where the money was made. ;)
     
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    I was a dishwasher never a waiter or bartender.
     
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    During summers while an undergrad, I did - waitress, then cocktail waitress. Folks didn't understand why I never co-opped. I told them I made tons more money doing this during summers than I ever would taking a co-op position.

    I also bartended for about a month while at school. My parents found out and I had to quit. They forbade me from working while at school. Bummer.
     
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    I started at my job after my junior year in college (since you had to be 21 where to serve drinks)- the money was so good for a college kid! When I went back to IU (in Bloomington, about an hour south of Indy) I kept my job, and would drive home every other weekend and pick up shifts, still making more money in 2 nights than I could have in 2 weeks in some retail job.
     
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    Exactly! I was a food waitress until I was 21, then became a cocktail waitress. Even just serving food (the cocktail waitress served the alcohol), I made a bunch of money for a kid.
     

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