The Insane Waiter

Running wild on customers, chefs, owners and managers since 1997. I bring to you, The Insane Waiter. What do bring to your table? A crisp bottle of San Pellegrino ? Perhaps a lovely seared Sashimi Tuna? Start off with a wonderful bottle from Tuscany perhaps? Why I'll be more than happy to bring you your White Zinfandel and Chicken Caesar. No you can't order the mac and cheese off the kids menu and sorry no, we don't serve cheese sticks....

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Ruffled Feathers!

Well it seemed I got under the skin of some with that last post, good!

I'm not only here to rant, I want to hear yours as well.

Now I love your an a-hole comments as much as the next guy, but if you have an opinion, please try to be a little bit articulate.

This isn't 3rd grade you know...

Now most disagreements have been civil and well thought out.

If I have a point you wish to dispute, go for it.

Not that I'm going to admit I'm wrong or anything, just want a constructive opinion.

And friends new stories are coming soon!!

Been very busy this week with other things but new Gripes are there by the thousands in my mind!


At 8:01 AM , Blogger First Year said...

Sometimes a few ruffled feathers are a good thing. I am always shocked when I hear some people categorically do not tip, ever. I worked as a server for 5 years on and off and if someone did not tip me, I would not be giving them my (excellent) standard service the next time. They would get "what they paid for" when they pay their food and drink bill: 1 drink, 1 meal, 1 check. And thats it.Thats $2.13 an hour of service, and even that is stretching it.


At 9:44 AM , Blogger Big John said...

If you make $18-25/hr, then you are almost certainly working at restaurants that are way beyond my pocketbook.

Given the number of money-related stories on waiterrant (I suspect his restaurant is at the price point as yours) I would dispute your assertion in a previous post that price is not a concern. Rich people don't get rich by not watching their pennies.

In my experience, the most generous people (for tipping or for charitable donations) are the ones with the least money. That's why I find the waiterrant stories about money so amusing. Please try not to be so condescending towards people with lower incomes.

At 10:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First Year has a good point. However, it works both ways.

A common thread of the seeming dozen or so of the blogs where waiters go on and on about how much they hate their jobs is that you should tip 15% (or so) even for bad service.

Baloney! When service is bad, like First Year and tips, I "pay for what I got" and make a mental note not to return. Bad service isn't so much the server, in my opinion, as poor management. One poor server can screw it up for the good ones, and the manager should correct that quickly. One restaurant I used to frequent had a completely bitchy waitress (one of only two). Several friends told me they would not go there "because of Sue", yet the owner kept her around for almost 2 years!

On the other hand, a restaurant I go to at least once a week greets me by name and has a beer on my table before I can sit down! I regularly tip 25% and up there.

At 3:14 PM , Anonymous TheInsaneWaiter said...

Now I have never said you need to tip for terrible service. Bad service deserves around 10%, depending on the situation. I'll get into this more at a later time.

It's when people tip like shit for recieving great service that I have a problem with, or people who don't tip because they don't care what we make because that's not their problem. Once again I will get into this at a later time.

At 10:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

One afternoon I treated my younger sister to lunch. It was a slower day and it was a small town restaurant, our bill came up to around $17.00 for everything, give or take a little. We had the nicest waitress in the world which is saying a lot, since she was waiting on two girls under the age of 20 at the time. She was friendly, stopped to talk to us about different things and just made sure we enjoyed being there.

As we're about ready to leave, I realize I have a $20.00 on me, but my debit card is no where to be found (never did find it, had to call the bank and get a new one)

The waitress was very kind about it, but we felt terrible just leaving her a couple dollars for a tip. Needless to say, we stopped back in a few days later and each of us left her a $10.00 tip for her, after she served us ice cream. (Cost roughly $5.00 total for both our ice creams)

So you see, it works both ways. A waiter will remember a bad tipper, but a customer is going to remember an exceptional server as well. Though, I tend to tip well as long as the service is good no matter what.

Just know there IS hope! Some of us really do appreciate and respect our servers.

At 1:03 PM , Blogger Denise said...

I'm a server at a high end place here in Nashville. I treat everybody the same even if I've waited on them before and they were bad tippers. This is because I respect myself and don't feel that by being rude I'm accomplishing anything. Rudeness won't make a lightbulb go off in the heads of bad tippers or arrogant people.
I agree with what someone commented on about people who have less money being more generous. I'm a generous tipper, especially when I'm drunk.;)

I don't see a problem bashing McDonald's employees, by the way. I despise them for everything they are. I am reminded of a small clip of an interview at the end of the German film "Downfall", which was about the last ten days of Hitler's life. It was with Traudi, Hitler's secretary, who said she didn't know about the camps or of the way the Jews were treated (!!) and that when she learned of it she realised that it was no excuse to be young, that one could find things out. If you work for McDonalds, you are fair game as far as I'm concerned.

At 6:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Psst...When telling others to be articulate maybe check your grammar. "Your" is possessive; "you're" is a contraction of you are.


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