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US waiters' worst conduct

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by kennethpollock, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. NorCal

    NorCal Senior member

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    In order:
    (a) My name is Bruce and I'll be taking care of you tonight (who cares what his name is and his purpose is obvious)
    (b) you guys (when some of the guests are ladies)
    (c) folks (i.e., commoners)
    (d) Do you have any questions about the menu? (an insult; I can read English and am an experienced diner)
    (e) Let me get this out of your way (as he snatches away a plate that really was not in my way)
    (f) my favorite dishes are ----- (who cares?)
    (g) tonight's specials are --- (as he reels off 8-10 dishes; mind-boggling; why can't they print it, as the specials are the same nearly every night)
    (h) plopping down the bill before it is requested
    (i) placing the cork on the table, or even worse, holding it near my nose
    (j) tying a napkin around the neck of the wine bottle
    (k) what "temperature" do you want your steak? (I usually say "hot")


    Man... where to start I know this is a dead horse but you are so fucking annoying I can't help myself. As a sometime waiter I feel honor bound to set you straight.
    a) its called breaking the ice, I don't like it as I feel my name is none of your busness but its HARD introducing your self in some way to 20-100 people a night. Some just find it easy to start with the classic.
    b) A lot of people use "guys" in a gender neutral manner, not just waiters.
    c) What are you royaity? get over your self.
    d) I'm sure you're a fucking culinary genius but MANY "folks" indeed have questions about the menu and it provides the server with a neat segue.
    e) I can't stand nit-wits who are sure they know more than me about what they do and don't need. 9/10 WE HAVE A REASON FOR WANTING TO MOVE A PLATE. It may not be in the way RIGHT NOW, but when your food comes it will be and you will be bitching about needing it cleared.
    f) I'll give you that one, although I've been asked that very question many times.
    g) What you mean a Lordly experienced diner like your self can't remember a few specials? Ask for clarification if you need it. Or is that beneath you?
    h) You don't own the table you're just renting it. Stop camping and get out. You may think otherwise but YOU DON"T HAVE THE RIGHT TO SIT THERE ALL NIGHT.
    i) Next time say" thanks but you can take that"
    j) WTF??
    k) So what would be better? "how would you like that cooked?" to which you answer "over a fire". Or should we just guess?

    Basically your a total dick[​IMG]
     
  2. vc2000

    vc2000 Senior member

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    Several years ago in South Philly in a diner a waitress responded to my request for an item with the response - "Don't order that here - it isn't good." Puzzled I asked what I should order - she replied, "If it were me - nothing - I drive about 1/2 mile to someother place - their food is decent." Rather surprised with the response, I closed the menu, tossed a few bucks on the table (probably what she would have made off the order) and left.

    I haven't decided if that is the best or worst service but at least it was the most honest.
     
  3. Southern-Nupe

    Southern-Nupe Senior member

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    Man... where to start I know this is a dead horse but you are so fucking annoying I can't help myself. As a sometime waiter I feel honor bound to set you straight.
    a) its called breaking the ice, I don't like it as I feel my name is none of your busness but its HARD introducing your self in some way to 20-100 people a night. Some just find it easy to start with the classic.
    b) A lot of people use "guys" in a gender neutral manner, not just waiters.
    c) What are you royaity? get over your self.
    d) I'm sure you're a fucking culinary genius but MANY "folks" indeed have questions about the menu and it provides the server with a neat segue.
    e) I can't stand nit-wits who are sure they know more than me about what they do and don't need. 9/10 WE HAVE A REASON FOR WANTING TO MOVE A PLATE. It may not be in the way RIGHT NOW, but when your food comes it will be and you will be bitching about needing it cleared.
    f) I'll give you that one, although I've been asked that very question many times.
    g) What you mean a Lordly experienced diner like your self can't remember a few specials? Ask for clarification if you need it. Or is that beneath you?
    h) You don't own the table you're just renting it. Stop camping and get out. You may think otherwise but YOU DON"T HAVE THE RIGHT TO SIT THERE ALL NIGHT.
    i) Next time say" thanks but you can take that"
    j) WTF??
    k) So what would be better? "how would you like that cooked?" to which you answer "over a fire". Or should we just guess?

    Basically your a total dick[​IMG]

    [​IMG] Hilarious
     
  4. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    [​IMG] really looking forward to Ken's response to this one....
     
  5. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    I wish this thread would die. I'm slightly mortified that I might accidentally be eating in the same restaurant as Ken someday, when he starts shooting the waitstaff.
     
  6. ratboycom

    ratboycom Senior member

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    I overheard that a "Melting Pot" was opening in Spokane soon. It made me laugh and think of a waiter rubbing his bare ass on my table. I would personally rather see a child breast feeding than that.
     
  7. tlaxa

    tlaxa Well-Known Member

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    Man the original poster's comments are a bit picky. The worst eating experience I had was in a mid-range restaurant:

    1) The waitress did not say "Hello" or even say anything. She just stared blankly at us waiting for us to order. (I actually had to ask if she was taking orders to find out...)

    2) They got our dishes wrong, and when we said so, they denied it. Eventually, the waitress brought it back to the cook (with an annoyed expression), and got our dishes correct. (Unfortunately, she forgot the soup, so she had to go back again...before coming back and almost throwing the soup onto the table)

    3) The wait staff were chatting with each other at the bar, while we kept waving for their attention. Took about 5 minutes to actually get them to come over. (If that sounds short, imagine sitting at a table, waving at a single person for 300 seconds)

    Of course, the looks on their faces when we plopped down a 5 cent tip was classic...

    I'm pretty sure that I've recieved better service at McDonalds than over there.
     
  8. VKK3450

    VKK3450 Senior member

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    I overheard that a "Melting Pot" was opening in Spokane soon. It made me laugh and think of a waiter rubbing his bare ass on my table. I would personally rather see a child breast feeding than that.

    I had been half asleep when I first read this, so it took me a few moments to remember.

    But when I did remember!! Woooooo Hahahahahaa

    K
     
  9. IUtoSLU

    IUtoSLU Senior member

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    Basically your a total dick[​IMG]


    LOL [​IMG]
     
  10. dl20

    dl20 Senior member

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    WOW some read.....

    In a way, I sort of envy KP. I wish I had the time and inclination to gripe as he does about such ridicoulous and trivial dining issues.

    In reality though, you sound like a complete jerk and I imagine you are mocked by many behind your back.

    DL
     
  11. englanderjk

    englanderjk Senior member

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    In order:
    (a) My name is Bruce and I'll be taking care of you tonight (who cares what his name is and his purpose is obvious)
    (b) you guys (when some of the guests are ladies)
    (c) folks (i.e., commoners)
    (d) Do you have any questions about the menu? (an insult; I can read English and am an experienced diner)
    (e) Let me get this out of your way (as he snatches away a plate that really was not in my way)
    (f) my favorite dishes are ----- (who cares?)
    (g) tonight's specials are --- (as he reels off 8-10 dishes; mind-boggling; why can't they print it, as the specials are the same nearly every night)
    (h) plopping down the bill before it is requested
    (i) placing the cork on the table, or even worse, holding it near my nose
    (j) tying a napkin around the neck of the wine bottle
    (k) what "temperature" do you want your steak? (I usually say "hot")

    You need a good beating. And no, I won't bother to read subsequent posts to see if you came around already.
     
  12. hi-val

    hi-val Senior member

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    I'd also like to say (reiterate?) that it is unwise to piss off the people who are preparing your food.
     
  13. dl20

    dl20 Senior member

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    This post reminds me of, or was likely inspired by a piece in some men's magazine a while back (details or GQ) by a guy named Alan Richman who griped about similar mundane nitpicking issues with the food service industry. The next months issue featured responses similar to the opinions posted here, basically calling the guy a narcissistic douchebag.

    I mean, imagine the nerve of a server introducing himself and giving his first name.......

    DL
     
  14. dl20

    dl20 Senior member

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    food seemingly appeared in front of me rather than being walked clumsily to my table.

    You guys are a tough crowd. I know i'm quoting an old post but I don't quite see the distinction between the two. Assuming the staff is not dropping portions of your food while they walk, how does one walk "clumsily" with a plate of food??

    dl
     
  15. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Senior member

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    You guys are a tough crowd. I know i'm quoting an old post but I don't quite see the distinction between the two. Assuming the staff is not dropping portions of your food while they walk, how does one walk "clumsily" with a plate of food??

    dl


    You my good man have not been to Applebee's!
     
  16. ratboycom

    ratboycom Senior member

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    You my good man have not been to Applebee's!

    You dont strike me as the type to be seen at such a place SoCal. Did you wear some Sanders gear and the waitress asked if it was Kennith Cole Reaction? [​IMG]
     
  17. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Senior member

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    You dont strike me as the type to be seen at such a place SoCal. Did you wear some Sanders gear and the waitress asked if it was Kennith Cole Reaction? [​IMG]

    The day after I had dinner at Adour Alain Ducasse I had lunch at Outback Steakhouse since my boyfriend and his BFF Lauren were craving the blooming onion.
    I have no problem with a high-low dining mix....I guess really the only aspect of life I do that.
     
  18. tlaxa

    tlaxa Well-Known Member

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    You know I had a really good dining experience at McDonalds the other week...no seriously, I did. Friendly server, brought the food over, real cheerfulness...I was almost tempted to tip, if not for the no-tipping policy at maccas.

    Of course, my other 50,000 times at maccas were filled with crap service and "um, uh, what?" teens.
     

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