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9 Super-Annoying Things You Do at Restaurants, According to Restaurant Workers

Pro tip: They can tell when you're faking that food allergy.
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Hang out with servers, kitchen staff or managers after a restaurant closes, and you stand an excellent chance of being regaled with tales of oblivious, obnoxious or entitled restaurant customers. If only the dining public could be privy to these late-night complaining sessions—we just might change our ways.

So consider it a public service or an intervention, but we spent the last couple of weeks chatting with restaurant personnel across the country, and ended up with a surprising list of the universally annoying things you may be doing when you go out to eat, even if you don't realize it at the time. To all the servers (and diners, for that matter) out there, you're welcome.