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Why I Was A Failure As A Waitress, Reason 1.
I am willing to bet this is related to why I was pretty much a failure at dating in college, too :I

It pains me to admit it, but this conversation is pretty close to verbatim.

I never did figure "it" out, either. Consistently did well in tips (percentage-wise, I mean), but never got good at pushing extra stuff.

Sorry this one's so messy. Hastily drawn on lunch break.

Notes on this strip:
- We weren't supposed to discuss our sales totals, but we did anyway.

- Covers = headcount, basically. We actually didn't use the term "covers" at the bar, but did at the restaurant I worked at later.
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:iconrainwhitehart:
RainWhitehart Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
I had 'it" it is a lot like emotionally whoring your self for one sales transaction at a time. Be there best friends, the adorable kid, the cute baker guy... who ever they are going to listen to when you say, but one dozen might not feed every one, most [people at least want two you should get 2 or 3 and then your have some extra for you're self, oh do be sill you don't need to watch a thing, look at that tiny waist!


...so glad I don't work front end any more.
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honeydont Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
MAAANNN

now I so want to know what the 'it' is
can you purchase one somewhere?
need to get me one of those
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Ishium Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Oh. My. Gosh. The horrible truth of everything you say in these comics burns like fire! I'd rather hump a cheese grater than be a waitor again. Kudos on these comics, by the way.
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CrystalWhiteInk Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
totally addicted to this series now. curse you for ruining my sleep habits! haha

hear you on the "work it" thing. i've never understood when people tell me to "work it" or "be sexy." how exactly does one accomplish this mysterious deed?! carry on, you intrepid, you!
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honeycrackle Featured By Owner May 8, 2009
I'll bet "it" is the hokey pokey. Or is the hokey pokey just what "it"'s all about?
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vcnielson Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
Ha! I had sort of the opposite issue when I worked at Sonic. I wasn't willing to hang around and annoy people into giving me tips, so I consistently made less in tips than my coworkers. I think part of that also had to do with some racial stuff that went on where I lived, though.

I generally think of "work it" as an attitude one adopts, btw.
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silvanoir Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Hobbyist
And this is why I don't have a job in my field. I have a degree in earth science/environmental policy (and it was more on the policy than science side), and the only stating job is door-to-door fundraising, and I hate pressuring people out of money. I only lasted those types of jobs for a few days.

In the job I have now I don't even have to interact with the customers.

One of these days I need to be able to sell my art and comics more... but I'm no good at selling myself. I'm way too shy for that.
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ichi-tori Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
for the life of me, I don't know what 'work it' means either..
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laurabryannan Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
I sucked at sales for the same reason.

And, FWIW, I *hate* waitstaff who work it.
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spectrosity Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Student Writer
Ahahahaha I'm so glad to see another AYIW in my message center! I've taken a certain liking to this comic, and this is a really great strip.

I've heard this phrase so many times and yet I'm fairly certain I don't have "it" because I've never, ever been known to "work it" or comprehend what it even could be XD Ahaha, ah....

You are so strong in delivering dialogue in your comics, which is... very. Very good, seeing that comics are mostly dialogue, lol! (dur oh god I'm tired) I've said it before, but the dialogue is so natural, I never have to read anything twice because I was unclear about something. <3
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
I actually drew a Hetalia fancomic (well, of sorts) right after this where the dialogue was waaaaay too obtuse and metaphorical. (I keep doing these strips where America goes to the doctor for various complaints)
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spectrosity Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Student Writer
LOL OMG Hetalia fancomics! XD I would love to see your rendition of America (and Canada, and France, oh my godddd) XD
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MagnusXL Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
I'm terrible at up-selling people myself. =/
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Engelen Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Student Filmographer
I too wonder what "it" is D:
ALL the time D:
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Lanisatu Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Funny :)

I enjoyed it, as someone who formerly worked in retail. I was very much a "not pushy" sales person too.
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unsugarcoated Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol @ zen thing.

i just finished my Asian Philosophy course, and there was never any mention of "it."
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liralenli Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
*falls over at the Jiffy Lube reference* omg... yes.

I am so with you on this one.

I so don't have "it". I was sitting the cashier's table at my *library's* annual book sale, and the president of the "Friends of the Library" sat down and started talking up every single person that came up or came into the sale. Sales doubled and he actually sold three memberships in ten minutes. I sat there looking... well.. uhm... uncomfortable. *laughs and laughs*

I hate "pressuring people", but wow, the people who can... more kudos to them.
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
JIFFY LUUUUUUUBE *shakes fist*
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Animus3 Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
adventures of life...meets hilarity
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pan2dapan Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what "it" is either. XD
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, and I have no idea what "it" is, either. D:
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha... was at jiffy lube today and crabby about that.
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:iconbigbigtruck:
bigbigtruck Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ahahahaha - the last time I went there they tried to refuse to give me my keys back. Fuckers.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
LOL, I love their expressions while you're arguing with yourself at the end. :XD: Genius.
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Skylanth Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I've never had "it" either. Oh well.
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JamieKinosian Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
"it" is over rated.

:heart: Adorable and amusing.
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TooDeliciousOrange Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
"It" is definitely a pressure sales thing, you're just not allowed to say it. I've had moments like this as well.
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bmmb00sh00t Featured By Owner May 6, 2009   Interface Designer
gotta say, your story telling method just keeps getting better and better.
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