1. Mother's Day
We have reached the nadir. Every server knows Mother’s Day, and every server dreads it. It’s the busiest restaurant day of the year, with the meanest, nastiest restaurant customers of the year, an all-day nightmare that starts with brunch (even at places that don’t normally serve brunch) and doesn’t end until midnight... and you’ll probably be working that whole time with no breaks. Add onto that the fact that for some reason, restaurant managers are incapable of ordering enough product to actually meet capacity and you have an evening where you WILL run out of everything by 7pm and have to spend the rest of the evening dealing with moms furious they can’t get their fresh oysters they love so much.
I’m begging you: Have your special Mother’s Day meal the day before, or the day after, or better yet, the week after. Take your mom out for a special day, sure, but just DON’T MAKE IT ON MOTHER’S DAY ITSELF. Everyone involved in the process -- you, your mom, your server -- is going to hate the experience, so why would you subject yourself to that over some dumb need to have it be on that specific day? Just... just don’t.