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Draining the Hot Water

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, you always have to haze the new guy. Servers are no different. You send the rookie out to accomplish an impossible task. Different restaurants do different things, but draining the hot water is one of the best and most traditional ways to haze somebody new. The premise is simple: you ask them to drain the hot water from the coffee machine. Most industrial coffee machines have a hose keeps it constantly supplied with water, but the newbie doesn’t know that. They will stand there and fill pitcher after pitcher until they eventually give up out of frustration or have somebody take pity on them and tell them it’s a prank. Either way the victim feels stupid and everyone else laughs at him. But it’s not an insult; it’s a form of initiation. If you ever find yourself draining hot water, the only way to redeem yourself is to wait a few months until they rehire and then get the new guy. It’s the circle of life.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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