Sunday, July 10, 2011

More on politeness.

How many times do you set an item down for a guest, and they completely ignore you? Seriously! If your mouth is full, or if you're listening to someone else, at least make eye contact and nod. Something. But probably every third person I deliver something to is stricken mute at that moment. I usually walk away from the table muttering under my breath, ”You're welcome!. Oh god, and especially when they're not even my customers! If I'm waiting on them it irks me less, because I suppose they think their tip is a thanks. But when I end up running meals, or condiments, or what-the-fuck-ever, to tables that aren't mine, and they ignore me? It makes my blood boil! I am a stranger to these people, with no relationship beyond fetching their requested item and no compensation for it, and they can't even fucking acknowledge my existence? Bitches!

I think on my glorious last day (HAHAHAHAHA like I'll ever escape) I'm going to forego muttering. I'll just stand there until they look at me and then said, very slowly, “yoooooou'rrrrreeee welllllllcooooommmmmmmme.” and walk off. That's before the grand finale when I jump up on the bar and start swearing profusely, of course.

8 comments:

Under Cover said...

Water is a big deal in our restaurant. We have to make sure water glasses are full unless guests say "no" to more water. Have actually attempted to offer water and been completely ignored. I guess they figure if they want the water, they will acknowledge the presence of a human being. After being treated like that, they can dehydrate to the point of getting sick for all I care.

Please and Thank You go a long, long way.

Just the Messenger said...

For my last night, I completely forgot to do anything I ever said I would do. I was just so happy to be out.

As for politeness, when I go out, I seem to go overboard, according to my parents. I just tell them that I'm making up for everyone's lack.

Babs n Bacchus said...

Oh, I really can't handle rude people, especially when we are supposed to be polite.

Anonymous said...

If you dumped the plate in their laps, that might get a reaction! Just be thankful you are not a rude idiot like these people and count your blessings, dear woman!

Jeni said...

i DO say "your welcome" inan upbeat, overly happy voice, with a huge smile...and walk away. after all, it is not rude, ifyou are smiling and look like you mean it, right? ;)

SkippyMom said...

I always walked up to tables to check on them mid chew. I didn't mean to, but somehow it was the bane of my existence. Most were really kind and would finish and say great or "Could we please have..."

In turn I always have a mouth full when our server checks back. I never need anything [if I am actually eating] so I give a hearty thumbs up and a smile. Hope that is okay with you - it was with me when I served, but people didn't tend to piss me off so much.

Under Cover said...

RE SkippyMom, I think making eye contact, smiling and giving a hearty thumbs-up (especially with mouth full) is perfectly polite. The attitude with which something is done always makes a big different for me.

JoeinVegas said...

Thank you for that.