I had the good fortune to participate in Leonard Lopate’s panel discussion about waiters at The Greene Space the other day. You can watch it here. Thanks for the invite guys!
Lopate and Locavores: Tips From Your Waiter
by waiter | Oct 16, 2013 | Uncategorized | 7 comments
I’m not sure if you were the one talking about working for the Fascist in NJ or if you are Mr. Curley but if you were the one who worked in NJ, are you talking about Portobello’s by any chance? A whole other book could be written about that place!
Hey Fam, I have a question, when is it wrong to ask a table to leave when you are on a wait for 30 mins or more?
I have been a server on and off for years now and my entire family has been in the industry owning and operating restuarants since before I was a twinkle. I am watching what would you do on T.V. and they have a skit with a rude customer. The acting customer is really a waiter himself and is doing things to the actor playing a waitress that people have repeatedly done to him over the years. The funniest thing about the skit is that a few customers actually stand up for the waitress and tell the real waiter pretending to be a customer to quit being rude and disrespectful. So what is so funny you ask? Let me tell you. In all the years of serving I have dealt with all of these situations on a daily basis. There has not been even one day where I have not had respectful customers all day long. This is sad to me. The waiter acting as a customer says at the end ” The best way to get what you want is to be nice!” I’m not saying that everyone I have ever served is rude. I have had exceptions and where my guests actually verbal tipped me to the fullest extent and monetarily showed gratitude. It is Thanksgiving and I am getting ready to go in and I guarantee that at least 5 people will be on cell phones, 3 people will ignore me when I try to introduce myself and try to ask them what kind of drink they would like, 1-2 will inturupt and talk amoungst one another while I’m greeting them and then say “Ice Tea or I don’t know yet.” and I reply “You don’t know what you would like to drink?” and they murmur “oh oh umm what do you have?” (This is after I just told them in my greeting the featured meal and list of coke products,sweet tea, un-tea, lemonade,milk etc.) and every customer I will have to ask “What are your side choices and what bread?” The last is just annoying and a bit rude if I already have asked other parties at your table the same question. It is particularly inconsiderate when I have listed off all side choices when the list is right in front of you and the person after you asks again. Some of this is just people not being aware of surroundings and some is just America. In other countries they get paid hourly as a server and the
Show I watched last week spoke about a poll they had in non-American countries said that they think Americans are the neediest customers . This poll was taken in many different countries and did not show us in a very good light. Saying that Americans treat servers as personal slaves! WOW! So all in all we have to take a stand and fight to be treated with respect otherwise it’s going to get worse. People need to start actually living in the real world respect everyone as an equal and show yourself in a good light in public. Do you think people in the 20’s threw fits at the dinner table out in public especially? It’s animals ,veggies,fruits,animal products and liquids. We learned to stop, look, and listen in kindergarten and if we could do it at five I’m pretty sure it could be done at 45!
I don’t like food that’s too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I’d buy a painting.
Season’s greetings! What’s happening?