The Top Five Waiters in Movie History

If you’ve ever waited tables a day in your life you would know that it’s a very thankless and sometimes demeaning job. It can be a great job if you’re really into it, and the tips will usually reflect that. But if you’re going into waiting for the money then you need to 1) be a college student paying for school, or 2) have another job to fall back on. Seriously, unless you work for a prestigious restaurant or other establishment that can afford to pay you well, this is not the job to make a fortune at. In film it’s also a job that’s easy to use as a parody, so that people can actually see what goes on behind the scenes. Servers are nice to people so long as the people are nice to them, otherwise expect your server to get a little testy.

Here are just a few guys that might not be the best examples, but are still the top in how they deal with the customers.

Linguini – Ratatouille

We start off with a prime example of what a server can be like when they’re properly motivated and play to their strengths. Linguini is not a cook by any means, but when Remy finally takes the reins he at least comes to understand that the best way he can help out is to wait tables, and he does so with great aplomb.

Tyler Durden – Fight Club

I felt the need to include Tyler simply because he isn’t the best waiter, nor is he the nicest waiter. But he’s an expert at getting back at people in the worst ways. In essence, he’s the best worst waiter you’ve ever seen. So yes he does a lot of gross things to the food, but unless he’s doing it unprovoked there’s a chance that he’s doing it in response to someone that didn’t feel the need to filter their comments.

Waiter in Road Trip – Road Trip

Can’t remember the guy’s name, but during breakfast rush it isn’t the best time to get picky. The image of what he does with the french toast is sick enough, but the fact that you can see the outline of it in his sweatpants as he walks away is just, ah, yikes. So why is he one of the best? Have you ever walked around with two slices of toast in your pants?

Rich Ferente – The Slammin’ Salmon

There’s always going to be hilarity when you introduce this well-run cast. Rich is kind of a slime but he’s the type of guy that knows how to work his way around nearly anything and as a result he tends to get his way more often than not. He also has a lot of redeeming qualities which are allowed to develop throughout the film. In the end he comes out on top and becomes a good guy.

Monty – Waiting

DO NOT BREAK THE CARDINAL RULE. This should be etched in stone in some restaurants because it is a code that a lot servers live by. If you’re in a restaurant be polite. The main reason for this is that most of the time you don’t get to see your food before it’s delivered. Gross as it might seem and illegal as it is, do you really want to upset your server?

So when this article says “Top 5 Waiters” I guess it should say “Top 5 Waiters you won’t ever forget”. Truly, be nice to your servers, one and all.

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