So its my day off, great day to be alive...
It's my 25th!
Knowing I have a few errands to run before the debauchery begins I head over to the local grocery store for some supplies.
I see a piece of cake and load it into my cart.
Upon checking out my groceries the cashier starts to ring in my purchases, she reaches to pull the cake across her scanner...
I touch her on the wrist..."But, it's my birthday?!"
She gives me a fuck off look, shakes free and rings it in...
Befuddled I head out to renew my health insurance...
At the office I look over my premium, looks a little hefty this time.Looking at my agent I as,"Well its my birthday, don't I get something?"
He is taken aback,"What do you want, a discount?"
"Well... It is my birthday..."
He throws me a bic pen with his logo on it, at least that's something.
Getting back in the car I head out to the post office.
I need to purchase some stamps.
When I arrive I head up to the window and ask for a book of them, I plead once again, "It's my birthday, can't I get a free stamp?"
I am told to hit the bricks
.See where I'm going here.
In the bar and restaurant business some God-awful corporate restaurant thought it would be good for business to give away cookies and ice cream, cake, sundaes or whatever.
This spread like a virus to every nook and cranny of the service industry.
I personally have been lied to dozens of time just so someone can save five bucks on their bill.
Bartenders I know will make the worst shots possible when asked for a birthday drink...
Think Three Wise Men with tabasco or Bailey's and lime juice...
The good ole cement mixer.
The restaurant I work in now doesn't do desserts like this.
It makes my fucking year let me tell you.
I was so tired of handing out a birthday dessert only to see the same table in there a month later with the same "birthday."
Only the stupid and cheap play that game.
At least 3 times I was the same server as before, and it teaches kids that being a freeloader and lying and cheating people is ok.
Plus they have ruined it for the people that are polite and don't demand their freebie rudely on their special day.
Servers now view almost everyone that asks for their dessert with suspicion.
Fair or not that's the way we think, personally my good will is gone with this subject.
Also, don't get pissed of if we don't give them away, I'm more than happy to order you a dessert.
It's the restaurant's policy, not mine, even if I agree with it.
Hell you probably aren't going to pay for your tab as it is, that's what friends are for come to think of it.
Not some stranger or a business that is trying to make a profit.
Maybe next year on my birthday I'll see if I can get my tires rotated and balanced for free when I get my oil changed...