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Restaurant/Bar Annoyances

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Restaurant/Bar Annoyances?

After so many bad experiences, I stay away from restaurants and bars.

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Its just a kid doing something she felt was important. Nobody but the restaurant was injured.

My blood pressure did rise a bit when I saw it, but I ended up coming down on the side of "mild annoyance" rather than taking real offense. The girl was very young - maybe it was her first job. And the restaurant is one where I've been a regular for years, and nothing like that has ever happened before. I ended up writing an email to the management, suggesting that they mention to her that preaching via cash register slip is inappropriate.

Why would the waitress giving you a blessing make your blood pressure rise? Would you object if the setting were different? More ethinic or some such?

I'd certainly rather have a nice young lady wish me a blessed day than listen to servers throwing around swear words within earshot of the guests.

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So you'd be hunky dory with a restaurant server writing on your check, "There is no God but God and Muhammad is His Prophet"? That wouldn't make you raise an eyebrow? I don't care to be preached to in any venue, and I certainly don't think it's appropriate to write religious messages on a restaurant check. I'm not one of those folks who holds it against people when they wish me a Merry Christmas, but particularly at this time of year being part of a religious minority is... well, kind of tiring.


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I wouldn't care. I'm secure in my beliefs and don't get my hackles up about others'.

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It's not a question of being secure. This person was not telling me to "have a blessed day". She was instructing me to be faithful in prayer, which since I have no faith and do not pray is hardly relevant to my situation.

Would you be all mellow and hackle-free if a restaurant server had, in early November, scrawled on the top of your check "Vote Obama!" I mean, it's just someone sharing their beliefs, something they think is important, how could that be inappropriate?


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Would you be all mellow and hackle-free if a restaurant server had, in early November, scrawled on the top of your check "Vote Obama!"

It would have helped me calculate the tip.

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See, and I gave this gal the benefit of the doubt and a full 20 percent - yet somehow I'm intolerant for not wanting to be preached to?


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Just kidding. LOL too good a line to pass up.

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See, and I gave this gal the benefit of the doubt and a full 20 percent - yet somehow I'm intolerant for not wanting to be preached to?

I never said you were intolerant. I asked you why it raised your blood pressure. As for the Obama vote? I'd have drawn a line through it and got on with my day.

Good one, gfweb. I love low-hanging curveballs.

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If somebody wants to write bible verses on my check, they can do it once and I will be polite and tolerate it. They better not do it again, or they'll never see me (or my money) again. Hey all you religious people, keep it to yourself! I don't want to hear it. And certainly not in a restaurant. (Or on an airplane.) And don't tell me you're going to pray for me, either. Thank you.

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If somebody wants to write bible verses on my check, they can do it once and I will be polite and tolerate it. They better not do it again, or they'll never see me (or my money) again. Hey all you religious people, keep it to yourself! I don't want to hear it. And certainly not in a restaurant. (Or on an airplane.) And don't tell me you're going to pray for me, either. Thank you.

I'm with you on this one. It's the sanctimonious attitude that bugs me, not the words/incantations.

Lately, I respond, "And may the force be with you."


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If somebody wants to write bible verses on my check, they can do it once and I will be polite and tolerate it. They better not do it again, or they'll never see me (or my money) again. Hey all you religious people, keep it to yourself! I don't want to hear it. And certainly not in a restaurant. (Or on an airplane.) And don't tell me you're going to pray for me, either. Thank you.

I'm with you on this one. It's the sanctimonious attitude that bugs me, not the words/incantations.

Lately, I respond, "And may the force be with you."

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On the topic of responses to "Thank you" - one local fast food chain mandates that employees respond with "My Pleasure". The first time it's okay, but after that it starts to get creepy.

Yes, it is REALLY creepy. I try not to go their because of all the controversy earlier this year, but the chicken sandwiches are just so delicious i still find myself there from time to time :( !
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Here is a biggie

Quite often when we go out for a meal with a group, I drive and therefore don't drink and am often the only sober one in the party.

On more occasions than I would like, when the bill has appeared, there are more bottles of wine on the bill than were actually consumed.

It seems that some restaurants take advantage that with a big group, where a reasonable amount of alcohol is being drunk, that the odd extra bottle or two won’t get noticed by their tipsy diners.

I have had this happen in the UK and in France.


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It seems that some restaurants take advantage that with a big group, where a reasonable amount of alcohol is being drunk, that the odd extra bottle or two won’t get noticed by their tipsy diners.

Isn't this just massively illegal?

I'd report it, if only on the grounds that reporting larceny means dinner is free!

Hey, I'll make sure I write all sorts of Humanist stuff on checks if I were to find myself in the service industry...and I'll urge Islamists (if I get to know any) to do the equivalent. ;-)

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Isn't this just massively illegal?

I'd report it, if only on the grounds that reporting larceny means dinner is free!

It is often passed off as a "mis-calculation" although on each occasion I am pretty sure it was deliberate. I would guess that when you have a large group of 10 plus people who are a bit merry, the restaurants can take advantage of no one counting the bottles.

We have been offered a discount when the error has been pointed out, and of course, don't pay the service charge or leave a tip.


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What are things that waiters do that annoy you and how do you deal with them?

I find it annoying when waiters push you to order something or to buy more. This is especially true if I decide to eat light. Waiters usually urge me to order more by saying "Is that all your going to order? How about some dessert? Do you want to try our specialty?"

What I usually do is I just maintain a straight face and I don't smile. But I don't really frown at them. I just want to show them that I'm not approachable because smiling might just give them the hope that I'll order more if they put more effort in convincing me. :)


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Agreed. Screwing around after I've asked for the check drives me crazy. Get the check, bring it quickly.

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I resent when they push the appetizers. I'm there by myself, for lunch. Really? You think I'm gonna want appetizers?

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coming to the table when you are still kind of picking at your food, and starting to take it away "you're done with that, right?" (AKA, time for you to clear the table).

I literally grabbed a plate back from a wait person one time because it had half a muffin left on it, it wasn't like I was saving crumbs.


"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast" - Oscar Wilde

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I hate it when they spot one diner who is done early and whisk the plate away. RUDE.

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Can I inject my favorite from fast food drive thru. I will have just ordered a light breakfast and they ask if I would like a brownie with that. I don't normally indulge dessert at breakfast. I am always polite when I decline since I know that upselling is part of the job. But really - dessert with breakfast.


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Can I inject my favorite from fast food drive thru. I will have just ordered a light breakfast and they ask if I would like a brownie with that. I don't normally indulge dessert at breakfast. I am always polite when I decline since I know that upselling is part of the job. But really - dessert with breakfast.

Ummm, donuts, Danish, various other pastries, pancakes and waffles with lots of syrup... A brownie doesn't seem all that different! <smile>

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Bringing wine glasses wide enough for a small swim meet, and topping everyone off whether they're drinking or not. Pouring is supposed to be a courtesy, a sign of good service. When a full bottle of good wine is left abandoned in glasses around the table, I've been fracked with, and I never want to return to the place again in my life.

Rule #1: You can shear a sheep many times, but you can only skin it once.

This kind of aggression invariably leads to the stank of a restaurant circling the drain, and boy do they deserve it.


Per la strada incontro un passero che disse "Fratello cane, perche sei cosi triste?"

Ripose il cane: "Ho fame e non ho nulla da mangiare."

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