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....

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Et tu, Taco Bell

This commercial has come up more than once on several other boards and so I'll add it here.  

There is a current taco bell commercial where a guy is getting a cup of coffee and says 'keep the change'.  The next guy in line says "what are you doing?  You know you can get blah blah blah with that change?"  Prompting the first guy to take back the change and say "you really just pushed a button."

I'm a firm believer in any press is good press, so on that thought, here's some free press for TB.  You're advertising firm sucks ass.  The commercial has nothing to do with TB other than a tag with what to do with change.  Honestly, I can't even remember what you're pitching, (which is a sign of a bad commercial) but I know I'll be heading to Del Taco from now maybe it did work since I remembered who the commercial was for.....


Where is our saviour?  Where is our superman with his white apron tied around his neck?  Why, in this year of our lord, 2009, are we still inundated with hollywood telling the masses that waitrons are the enemy?  That we are mindless, lazy, and not worth the change in your pocket.  That money is so sacred that it is better to snub a fellow human being than toss them a pittance for a job well done?

Why are we portrayed as people that need to be saved or pitied?  

Who will unite us as a people and lead us in boats made of monkey-dishes and ramikens to hollywood on a sea of ranch dressing to slaughter these pigs and flood the streets red with ketchup?

To end on a positive - the only time I can remember a waitress portrayed in a decent light (no, the movie 'waiting'  was not a decent portrayal of anything other than an nut sack)  is the song waitress by the band 'live'.  Check it out.



At 4:50 PM , Blogger Mr. Peanut said...

Ahh! soo funny I was sooo pissed when I saw that commercial...glad someone else noticed the blantant tip rip off!!!

At 6:22 PM , Blogger RiceCzeks said...

Try watching the movie "Waitress" with Keri Russel. It portrays a waitress who's truly a good person and who ends up on top in the end. Kind of a chick flick, but it shows the waitress winning in the end.

At 9:27 PM , Blogger spoiledrottensavvy said...

"Waitress" by Live...I thought I was the only person alive who loved that song.

If waiting tables is your life's ambition, move out to Vegas. They treat you like a GOD if you are in the industry. Not to mention the hook-ups at the finest restaurants and nightclubs. And lest we forget the Union contracts stating that as a server, you basically do not have to do ANYTHING, including take orders and run food, but collect tips. And make $15 an hour. With full health benefits.

This land is my has its politics and its insanity, just like any place, but for someone such as myself who is perfectly happy to tend bar until I'm old and crinkled, it is Mecca for the burdened and bitter hospitality member

At 12:54 AM , Blogger purplegirl said...

That commercial REALLY pisses me off. Half the time I yell "FUCK YOU FUCKING FUCKERS!" at my tv when it comes on.

Okay, not really, but I think it.

At 3:44 PM , Blogger Zoltar Panaflex said...

That commercial blows chunks. All it does for me is remind me of all the pikers out there who think being handed a custom cup of espresso in about one minute doesn't justify even leaving a penny ante tip for the hard-working barista.

And the stoopid sheep, seeing this 'validation' will say YEAH! Why should I tip those lazy bums! And the few pennies they previously tipped will end up in their pants pockets and get eaten by the washing machine.

I routinely tip a dollar for an espresso. It's the least I can do, the baristas are nice, the espresso is done exactly to my taste, and standing on your feet 10 hours a day dealing with people who take Taco Bell commercials as etiquette lessons....they earn that tip and more, poor baristas!

At 10:09 PM , Blogger Lone Waitress said...

I completely agree! Has anyone paid attention to the commercials? One shows the guy waiting tables at a seafood restaurant because he didn't check his credit report. Another has him serving at a party full of people wearing tuxedos. Just another example of bad marketing. Why are we such a target?

At 3:36 PM , Blogger Erin is Fabulous said...

I HATE that commercial. Stupid Taco Bell. I don't eat there anyway, so they won't miss me, but consider them boycotted.

At 3:29 AM , Anonymous JamieTheBartender said...

I am also really offended by this commercial but I am starting a boycot from all sevice industry personnel until an apology is issued from Taco Bell to all tipped employees in the nation.

At 4:54 PM , Blogger Lauren said...

Grrr, I constantly yell at this commercial, because if you've ever worked in a coffeeshop, you will know that it takes much more than "pushing a button" to make a latte, it requires the exact science of pulling a perfect shot, foaming milk at the perfect consistancy, and adding the milk in 15 seconds or less before the espresso turns bitter on you.

Fine, whatever, don't tip me, go to taco bell and get your nasty ground beef with iceberg and a tortilla dipped in grease. Have fun with the heart disease.

At 12:48 PM , Blogger bulletholes said...

I have to share this one by Loudon Wainwright III...
She's been on her feet nearly half the damn night
Bringing you beverage and your late night bite
She remains cheerful when you're nasty and tight
Makes change for a fifty in dim candlelight.
Ignoring your groping hoping you might
Come across with a tip and sympathize with her plight.
Tip that waitress.

Shes getting her masters supporting her mom
Amidst the confusion she remains cool and calm
She knows exits in case of a fire or bomb
She knows all the words to the 23rd psalm
She handles her tray with panache and aplomb
Her brothers a Quaker, her dad was in Naa-aaa-aaa-aam
Tip that waitress.

Tip that waitress,
She’s been waiting on you
Skip the small change,
Slap down a dollar or two.

Her arches are aching, her lower backs shot
Her varicose vein hurts like hell when its hot
Her uniform's too tight, tasteful its not
She knows the specials and they are not a lot.
The cook is on Qualudes the bus boy deals pot
If she had a real job she'd quit on the spot
So tip that waitress.

This plea for gratuity's gone on way too long,
Theres a time and a place where them things belong
The stage ain't a soap box, this is only a song,
To dwell on the matter much more would be wrong.
And people get by, she'll get along
But I think she gets off when I come on
Stro--ooo-ooo- ong
So tip that waitress.

Tip that waitress,
She's been waiting on you.
Skip the small change,
Slap down a fiver or two.

Tip that waitress.

At 3:45 PM , Anonymous SSA said...

Waitress by Live RULES. I thought nobody else knew that song.

At 12:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should check out the song "Waitress" by Chad Hollister. You'll freaking loooovvveee it!

<3 GC

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