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Servers, It's Time To Share What Differences You've Noticed Between Customers Of Each Generation

When you work as a server in a restaurant, you interact with people of all ages during a single shift. Trying to appeal to each generation's wildly different opinions about how their dining experience should go can feel like customer service whiplash.

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Servers of the BuzzFeed Community — I want to know the biggest differences you've noticed when waiting on boomers, millennials, and Gen Z customers. What defining characteristics immediately identify each generation?

I know that every server is well acquainted with the feeling of dread when being sat with a 10 top of boomers. Maybe you've noticed that they order hot teas and coffees all around — but then complain that the drinks (scalding) "aren't hot enough" and angrily send them back?

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Maybe taking care of a table full of millennials is a totally different experience, because not only are they people pleasers by nature, but they likely have serving experience and tend to empathize with their server? Have you noticed that millennials silently eat their food (even if it's totally the wrong order) without complaint and still tip 20%?

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Perhaps Gen Z'ers are easily identified because they always take pictures (or fancams) of their food before they eat?

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Whatever it is — I want to hear from you! Let me know in the comments or through this anonymous form. Your response could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!