In restaurants that have an upstairs and downstairs dining room, it becomes v. important to yelp 'coming up!!' or 'coming down!' when using the back staircases.
Especially when you are trying to carry an enormous buspan full of dirty, nasty dishes and knives that is so heavy that you'll *just* make it to the dish station.
I find myself wanting to use 'behind!' or 'corner' in my non-working life, too.
Speaking of Momofuku, when I was there I noticed that instead of saying something like 'runners! I need runners!' the expiditer/chef/whoever will just make sort of a grunty yell to get people to go over and run food. I'm so accustomed to respond to this sort of thing that it took all I had not to jump up, grab plates, and ask, where am I going, chef?
Edited by phlox, 20 April 2008 - 08:52 AM.