Spaghetti and Meatballs?
One week to go.
And every day I find it more and more difficult not to go off on some potentially irritating "guest" in my section.
Tonight I had a man demanding spaghetti and meatballs.
Problem is the only meatballs we carry come in appetizer form (and are huge) and we don't carry spaghetti as a pasta.
So I sold him on fettuchini with pomodoro sauce and asked him how many meatballs he would like, telling him they were baseball sized.
"Well I want two, I love meatballs," he said.
I brought him his giant dish, it looked great and he was pleased, until the check came.
"What is this $18.95 Open Food Charge?" He asked with much irritation.
"That's the cost of your pasta sir." I responded.
"Why didn't you ring it in as spaghetti? This is ridiculous! I shouldn't have to pay that much for spaghetti and meatballs." He spouted.
"Well sir you ordered something that isn't on the menu, that is the price point charge that the kitchen had me ring you in as." I replied.
"Hmmmph," was all he had to say.
He stiffed me on the table's bill, because he actually had to pay more than ten bucks for his dinner.
Its not like I get anything out of charging him that much, I don't make commission, I make gratuities, which apparently are far from guaranteed.
I don't make the policies, I just enforce them, and sometimes pay the price.
Of course I had to pay out of my own pocket $2.00 for the privilege of having to take his uncultured, cheap ass table in the form of my tip-out to the bar and buss staff.
Only one more week to go.
Best thing #1 about my new job, no tip out.