National Waitstaff Day

It’s common knowledge that you should be good to the people who bring you your food, and this holiday is the perfect day to put that good advice into action. This holiday recognizes the work of food servers and gives every customer a chance to be extra nice to them. It’s a day called National Waitstaff Day, and it falls on May 21st. So on this day, why not do something special for the waitstaff and help to make their day a little bit better by showing them the appreciation they deserve.

The History of National Waitstaff Day

According to internet lore, National Waitstaff Day was invented by Gaylord Ward. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t find out more about this person or when the holiday was initially created. We do know that it’s been around for at least the last few years.

Facts About Waitstaff

Anyone who is looking to celebrate this holiday might want to take a few moments to read this section. During the course of our research, we’ve come across some interesting facts about servers that we think many of our readers will appreciate.

Server Pay Varies Greatly Across the U.S.

The amount that your server makes depends on not only who they work for but also where they work. In some states, if the worker makes over a predetermined amount of money, then their employer is only required to pay them a minimum of $2.13 an hour. Other states pay tipped employees such as waitstaff over $10 an hour. And some fine dining establishments pay their waitstaff $12 or more an hour plus tips. So never assume that your server doesn’t need that tip you’re inclined to give them.

Some Servers Are Required To Split Tips

Another fact we found out was that some servers have to split their tips with other members of the waitstaff. This means that the tip you give your waiter or waitress not only goes to them but may also have to be split among the bussers and, in some instances, the bartender.

Servers Can Work Challenging Hours

People who spend any time at all visiting restaurants should appreciate the fact that servers can work some odd hours. While other people might have the opportunity to work a 9-to-5 job, many servers have to work long into the night and on weekends or holidays.

Observing National Waitstaff Day

The best way to observe this holiday is by giving your server not only a nice tip but also some appreciation for all that they do. Many waitstaff are overworked and underpaid, so giving them even a little bit of appreciation can go a long way. And then, when you return home from your favorite restaurant, don’t forget to leave a message on your social media accounts for all of the people working as servers out there, using the hashtag #NationalWaitstaffDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 21 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
May 21 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
May 21 Sunday
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