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Anyone who's worked a job where you have to deal with customers knows how emotionally and physically draining it can be. A great example is servers: on their feet all day, dealing with all sorts of Karens for not smiling enough or not being polite enough.

This is a list of waiters' worst experiences from the r/ServerLife subreddit. The rest of us should check these out not only for their entertainment value. There are plenty of lessons about what kind of entitled customers we should never be.

To know a little more about the inner workings of the subreddit, Bored Panda reached out to one of its moderators, wheres_the_revolt. She was kind enough to tell us more about what it's like taking care of the community. Check out our short interview below!

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Sorry I Politely Asked Your Crotch Goblin To Not Throw Sugar At Other Guests. Lmao

Sorry I Politely Asked Your Crotch Goblin To Not Throw Sugar At Other Guests. Lmao

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This person is lucky the wait staff didn't ask the whole party to leave.

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The Reddit community r/ServerLife is a place where servers, waiters and waitresses can come to vent about entitled and frustrating customers. Fellow restaurant workers come here to relate to their fellow brothers and sisters in aprons.

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It currently has 209k members and is in the top 1% of the largest communities on Reddit. It's not easy moderating a community of that size. Officially, the subreddit has 8 moderators, but, as wheres_the_revolt tells us, only several actively carry out their duties.

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#2

Someone Decided To Have A Gender Reveal At The Table

Someone Decided To Have A Gender Reveal At The Table

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My Manager’s Response Makes Me Want To Quit. What Would You Say/Do?

My Manager’s Response Makes Me Want To Quit. What Would You Say/Do?

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm just in shock reading this. Is this a human being that wrote this? Or a monster? I really hope you didn't go into work that day. And quitting should definitely be on the table. I wouldn't have gone in, and if the manager asked why, "Because there was a sudden death in the family!! Did you hear me? Can you speak English?" Come on. Enough said.

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wheres_the_revolt agrees to tell our readers the story of how she became one of the moderators. At first, they were just a member of the community like everybody else. But a sudden increase in spammy posts encouraged them to take some action. 

"I have been a member of the sub for a couple of years now," the Redditor tells us. "About a year ago, I noticed an uptick in trolls from the end-tipping community. And 6 months ago, there was an all-out brigading campaign in r/ServerLife that made it almost unbearable."

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A Grown Man Sneezed About 40 Times Within A Few Minutes Without Covering His Mouth. This Is The Aftermath

A Grown Man Sneezed About 40 Times Within A Few Minutes Without Covering His Mouth. This Is The Aftermath

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My Bad For Not Following The Law I Guess. Sorry Guys

My Bad For Not Following The Law I Guess. Sorry Guys

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ha ha... photo of a beer!... love it! Those laws are serious. If you don't have ID on you (no matter if you're over 18 or not), the server and establishment can be in serious trouble. Not abiding by those laws is what gets thousands of dollars in fines and businesses shut down.

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The Tip Line Said "Turn Over For Tip"

The Tip Line Said "Turn Over For Tip"

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"There were only 2 active mods," wheres_the_revolt continues. "One was brand new, so I asked them to add me as a mod and they agreed." Their mission then was to address the problem around discussions about tipping. "The first thing I did was create a zero-tolerance rule for anyone expressing end-tipping sentiments," the Redditor tells us.

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#7

Is Calling Costumers "Hun" Weird?

Is Calling Costumers "Hun" Weird?

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've never been offended by hun myself but then most of my family is from the south

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32 Separate Checks

32 Separate Checks

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's at least SIXTEEN separate checks. This server deserves a huge tip from that table, and I'm guessing that's not what happened.

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wheres_the_revolt tells our readers more about the changes the new moderators made. "I also created a couple of auto-moderators, to flag and pull posts. Then I created 'Tips-y Tuesday', to focus all tip-related posts (that weren’t legal questions) onto one day so that we could actively moderate those types of posts."

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#10

Is This Even Legal? Servers Make $3 An Hour In This Area And You Can Take Their Tips?

Is This Even Legal? Servers Make $3 An Hour In This Area And You Can Take Their Tips?

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Actually, How About You Don’t (Read The Note First)

Actually, How About You Don’t (Read The Note First)

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#12

Group Of Four Older Ladies Left This At The Table Next To Me

Group Of Four Older Ladies Left This At The Table Next To Me

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would have stopped them and said "You do know that if you tip with that then you will be charged with a counterfeit felony as it is over $5000"

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This moderator isn't afraid to exercise stern authority for the good of the community. "This is the only place in my life I’ve become a complete authoritarian," she laughs. "I actively enforce the zero-tolerance policy and have probably banned several hundred accounts since I’ve been a mod for about 3 months."

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#14

The Time I Ruined This Woman’s Birthday

The Time I Ruined This Woman’s Birthday

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

unless you were specifically requesting something for a birthday celebration, WHY should the server care about your bday? they're here to do their job, not sing and do a little jig for you

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#15

I Was In The Weeds And Very Focused I Guess…

I Was In The Weeds And Very Focused I Guess…

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There are few things that infuriate me more than someone demanding a smile for a tip, like a trained animal. Funny, you never see this on a check with a male waiter . . . .

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Other than that, it's important to be present on the subreddit. "Moderating mostly just requires us to pay attention and also to participate in the sub," wheres_the_revolt explains. "I try to coach the active users in here to not engage with the trolls, to report them and we will get rid of them.

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Lol

Lol

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If the server had done something about the child, they wouldn't have gotten a tip from the family with the child. You can't win sometimes.

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In her professional life, the Redditor is a veteran in the serving sector. "I’ve been in the restaurant industry for almost 30 years, have worked almost every position, and have owned my own restaurant." 

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As a seasoned restaurant worker, she has knowledge about the inner workings of the industry. That's probably why she's so adamantly against posts on no-tipping. And the members of the community generally agree, given how positively they received the changes.

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#19

What You Guys Think? Honestly

What You Guys Think? Honestly

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My Co-Worker Got A Novel On Her Check

My Co-Worker Got A Novel On Her Check

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That's one of the reasons this moderator joined the sub – to help other fellow restaurant workers. "A lot of folks don’t know their rights when it comes to labor laws (in the US) and I realized a lot of people are getting taken advantage of by unscrupulous bosses," wheres_the_revolt adds.

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#22

What My GF Got From A Customer

What My GF Got From A Customer

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Just Say You're Broke

Just Say You're Broke

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6 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know much about what info is needed for credit cards, but shouldn't they have blanked out more of this person's credit card info and name?

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When we ask what's the hardest part of the job, the Redditor says it's how time-consuming it is. "Really there are only two of us that are active moderators. So I end up spending much more time on here than I would actually like to!"