Monthly Archives: May 2008

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Flat Vacant Stare

It’s five o’clock on Friday night and I’m saddled with a trainee. I hate training new waiters, but having one shadowing me on a busy night is truly a pain in the ass. “So where did you work before you came here?” I ask the

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It’s National Waiters Day!

I didn’t even know we had a holiday! Damn! No one tells me anything! If you go out to eat today you have to tip 30%  (And pre-order my book.) So let it be written, so let it be done.

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Kirkus Review

Here’s the Kirkus Review for my upcoming book! KIRKUS June 1, 2008 The Waiter WAITER RANT: Thanks for the Tip—Confessions of a Cynical Waiter A popular blogger offers behind-the-scenes tales about working the front of the house. After defecting from seminary and losing his subsequent

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Keep Your Wits About You.

It’s 10:00 AM and I’m walking towards the modernish building that houses Café Machiavelli. As I get closer, a sinking feeling starts tickling my stomach. I recognize the sensation. I felt it whenever I didn’t want to go to school as a kid. For a

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Live Web Chat

I’ll be moderating a live “web chat” about waiters and tipping at Radio Boston (WBUR) tomorrow, May 16th, between 1:00 & 2:00 PM EST. You can access the chat room by going to www.radioboston.org.  Come one, come all! I’ll have a new story up on

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You Get Tough With It

It’s a busy night at Café Machiavelli and one of the POS computers is down. Forced to share a single terminal, the stress level among the waitstaff is running high. I’ve got several tables to input, but a newbie waiter, hovering over the touch screen