One of my (of course) pet peeves is the wait, certainly in America, to get out of a restaurant after you're done eating.
And, this week in The Daily Beast, Michael Tomasky tackles the issue head on in a piece entitled
Now, I may not be as much of a extreme case as Tomasky, who even says:
Now I admit that I'm a bit of an extreme case. I take a strictly utilitarian view of dining out, and when I'm done, I'm done. I want to leave. I get a perverse kick out of shocking waiters, especially at sightly higher-end places, when I ask for the check while they're clearing the dishes. When they return with the bill I have my credit card out and just hand it to them.
However, when I'm done, I pretty much want to pay my check and leave.
How about you?