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    gloria.p Guest

    Default 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do


    Sorry if this is not a new idea, but I have been w/o newsgroup
    access for three days and I come back to over 1200 messages.
    Can't read them all but I have read many of the 100 restaurant
    servers thread. I thought it might be interesting to see what
    we as patrons of a restaurant expect of ourselves and others.


    1. Be kind. Try to understand. Your server may have had some
    horrible customers this shift, may have a headache, backache,
    sick child, spouse, or parent. The aspect you don't like may be
    a company policy.

    2. If you need something or the server has done something wrong,
    mention it without being sarcastic, hostile, or nasty. This is a
    person, someone's child/spouse/parent, not a robot.

    3. Don't make a mess just because you CAN. We once went to
    dinner with someone who insisted on trashing the bread/rolls
    because "I want to make sure they don't serve them again to
    another table. It's the LAW." It was kind of disgusting.

    What're your suggestions?

    gloria p

  2. #2
    sf Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do

    On Sun, 01 Nov 2009 12:08:24 -0700, "gloria.p" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >3. Don't make a mess just because you CAN. We once went to
    >dinner with someone who insisted on trashing the bread/rolls
    >because "I want to make sure they don't serve them again to
    >another table. It's the LAW." It was kind of disgusting.


    How juvenile. Hopefully you never dined out with that person again.

    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

  3. #3
    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do

    sf wrote:
    > On Sun, 01 Nov 2009 12:08:24 -0700, "gloria.p" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> 3. Don't make a mess just because you CAN. We once went to
    >> dinner with someone who insisted on trashing the bread/rolls
    >> because "I want to make sure they don't serve them again to
    >> another table. It's the LAW." It was kind of disgusting.

    >
    > How juvenile. Hopefully you never dined out with that person again.
    >



    No, we didn't. It really surprised me because the couple was
    very well educated and each taught in very nice CT prep schools.
    (He had a PhD. in Philosophy!) Both were very controlling
    personalities, however and had lots of unspoken personal "rules"
    for things. :-(

    gloria p

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    cybercat Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do


    "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:hckmbi$2v4$[email protected]..
    >
    > Sorry if this is not a new idea, but I have been w/o newsgroup access for
    > three days and I come back to over 1200 messages.
    > Can't read them all but I have read many of the 100 restaurant servers
    > thread. I thought it might be interesting to see what
    > we as patrons of a restaurant expect of ourselves and others.
    >
    >
    > 1. Be kind. Try to understand. Your server may have had some horrible
    > customers this shift, may have a headache, backache, sick child, spouse,
    > or parent. The aspect you don't like may be a company policy.
    >
    > 2. If you need something or the server has done something wrong,
    > mention it without being sarcastic, hostile, or nasty. This is a person,
    > someone's child/spouse/parent, not a robot.
    >
    > 3. Don't make a mess just because you CAN. We once went to dinner with
    > someone who insisted on trashing the bread/rolls because "I want to make
    > sure they don't serve them again to another table. It's the LAW." It was
    > kind of disgusting.
    >


    Excellent post. I have stayed out of this thread, and actually have not read
    many posts because I had a feeling it was not a good idea for me to get into
    it, lol.



  5. #5
    garden-variety dick Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do

    On Nov 1, 2:08*pm, "gloria.p" <gpues...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Sorry if this is not a new idea, but I have been w/o newsgroup
    > access for three days and I come back to over 1200 messages.
    > Can't read them all but I have read many of the 100 restaurant
    > servers thread. *I thought it might be interesting to see what
    > we as patrons of a restaurant expect of ourselves and others.
    >
    > 1. *Be kind. *Try to understand. *Your server may have had some
    > horrible customers this shift, may have a headache, backache,
    > sick child, spouse, or parent. *The aspect you don't like may be
    > a company policy.
    >
    > 2. If you need something or the server has done something wrong,
    > mention it without being sarcastic, hostile, or nasty. *This is a
    > person, someone's child/spouse/parent, not a robot.
    >
    > 3. Don't make a mess just because you CAN. *We once went to
    > dinner with someone who insisted on trashing the bread/rolls
    > because "I want to make sure they don't serve them again to
    > another table. It's the LAW." *It was kind of disgusting.
    >
    > What're your suggestions?
    >
    > gloria p


    A server needs to be 'on' irregardless of how he/she has been treated
    by someone else. That's not the customer's concern. If you try and
    sabotage the server/restaurant, then shame on you, you need to face
    the fan.

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    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do


    "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:hckmbi$2v4$[email protected]..
    >
    > 3. Don't make a mess just because you CAN. We once went to dinner with
    > someone who insisted on trashing the bread/rolls because "I want to make
    > sure they don't serve them again to another table. It's the LAW." It was
    > kind of disgusting.


    It's amazing the kinds of messes people can make with food! Back in my
    waitress experience, and this will give you an idea of when that was, a very
    popular rock band, Nazareth, was passing through town after a concert. They
    did some really strange things with food they hadn't eaten and the
    condiments on the table, and cigarettes. Restaurants had smoking sections
    back then. What a mess.


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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do

    "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:hckmbi$2v4$[email protected]..
    >
    > 3. Don't make a mess just because you CAN. We once went to dinner with
    > someone who insisted on trashing the bread/rolls because "I want to make
    > sure they don't serve them again to another table. It's the LAW." It was
    > kind of disgusting.
    >
    > What're your suggestions?
    >
    > gloria p


    What he did sounds terribly disgusting, Gloria. The restaurants I worked in
    weren't even allowed to offer the untouched rolls and bread or baked
    potatoes to soup kitchens. Sounds like your dinner friend had some serious
    mental problems if he was so worried about what was going to be done with
    the leftover bread. I'm so sorry.

    Jill


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    Andy Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do

    "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in news:7l6j0dF3b5tkmU1
    @mid.individual.net:

    > The restaurants I worked in
    > weren't even allowed to offer the untouched rolls and bread or baked
    > potatoes to soup kitchens.



    Evasive BULL****!!! You instead turned them back on the other customers in
    the restaurants you worked in.

    Like you never committed a restaurant injustice? **** you little miss polly
    purebread!

    Andy

  9. #9
    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do


    "gloria.p" wrote:
    >
    > Sorry if this is not a new idea, but I have been w/o newsgroup
    > access for three days and I come back to over 1200 messages.
    > Can't read them all but I have read many of the 100 restaurant
    > servers thread. I thought it might be interesting to see what
    > we as patrons of a restaurant expect of ourselves and others.
    >
    > 1. Be kind. Try to understand. Your server may have had some
    > horrible customers this shift, may have a headache, backache,
    > sick child, spouse, or parent. The aspect you don't like may be
    > a company policy.


    Correction: Be polite, but firm. What personal issues the waitstaff may
    or may not have are irrelevant to the job they are there to perform and
    they need to leave their problems outside of the business environment.
    The aspect I'm not happy with may indeed be company policy, and as my
    interface with the company, it is the waitstaff's duty to report to
    management that another customer complained about the policy. They also
    have the option of sending the manager over to discuss the issue with me
    directly if they want to avoid being the messenger.

    >
    > 2. If you need something or the server has done something wrong,
    > mention it without being sarcastic, hostile, or nasty. This is a
    > person, someone's child/spouse/parent, not a robot.


    Absolutely, always be polite. Remember however that it is the
    waitstaff's job to service your needs as the customer, and they are not
    doing you some great favor refilling your empty drink, or bringing you
    the silverware they forgot 15 minutes ago.

    >
    > 3. Don't make a mess just because you CAN. We once went to
    > dinner with someone who insisted on trashing the bread/rolls
    > because "I want to make sure they don't serve them again to
    > another table. It's the LAW." It was kind of disgusting.


    I can't possibly comprehend this one, and if I were the manager of the
    restaurant and witnessed this type of behavior I would ask the offenders
    to leave my restaurant and not to return until they learned to behave in
    a civilized manner and not disgust my other customers.

  10. #10
    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do


    "gloria.p" wrote:
    >
    > sf wrote:
    > > On Sun, 01 Nov 2009 12:08:24 -0700, "gloria.p" <[email protected]>
    > > wrote:
    > >
    > >> 3. Don't make a mess just because you CAN. We once went to
    > >> dinner with someone who insisted on trashing the bread/rolls
    > >> because "I want to make sure they don't serve them again to
    > >> another table. It's the LAW." It was kind of disgusting.

    > >
    > > How juvenile. Hopefully you never dined out with that person again.
    > >

    >
    > No, we didn't. It really surprised me because the couple was
    > very well educated and each taught in very nice CT prep schools.
    > (He had a PhD. in Philosophy!) Both were very controlling
    > personalities, however and had lots of unspoken personal "rules"
    > for things. :-(
    >
    > gloria p


    They sound like classic PYVs. One of the reasons I left CT, along with
    the lousy weather and unstable economy.

  11. #11
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do

    In my experience for the best dining experience?

    Wait your turn.

    Andy

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    Dan Abel Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:hckmbi$2v4$[email protected]..
    > >
    > > 3. Don't make a mess just because you CAN. We once went to dinner with
    > > someone who insisted on trashing the bread/rolls because "I want to make
    > > sure they don't serve them again to another table. It's the LAW." It was
    > > kind of disgusting.


    > What he did sounds terribly disgusting, Gloria. The restaurants I worked in
    > weren't even allowed to offer the untouched rolls and bread or baked
    > potatoes to soup kitchens. Sounds like your dinner friend had some serious
    > mental problems if he was so worried about what was going to be done with
    > the leftover bread. I'm so sorry.


    What is wrong with offering untouched food to the next unsuspecting
    diner? (serious question)

    What then, makes it OK to offer the same food to soup kitchens?

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

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    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do


    "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in news:7l6j0dF3b5tkmU1
    > @mid.individual.net:
    >
    >> The restaurants I worked in
    >> weren't even allowed to offer the untouched rolls and bread or baked
    >> potatoes to soup kitchens.

    >
    >
    > Evasive BULL****!!! You instead turned them back on the other customers in
    > the restaurants you worked in.
    >
    > Like you never committed a restaurant injustice? **** you little miss
    > polly
    > purebread!


    Oh my.


  14. #14
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do

    "Cheryl" <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:u3qHm.9113$[email protected]:

    >
    > "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in news:7l6j0dF3b5tkmU1
    >> @mid.individual.net:
    >>
    >>> The restaurants I worked in
    >>> weren't even allowed to offer the untouched rolls and bread or baked
    >>> potatoes to soup kitchens.

    >>
    >>
    >> Evasive BULL****!!! You instead turned them back on the other
    >> customers in the restaurants you worked in.
    >>
    >> Like you never committed a restaurant injustice? **** you little miss
    >> polly
    >> purebread!

    >
    > Oh my.



    Yeah, shame on me!

    Andy


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    cyberpurrs Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do


    "Cheryl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:u3qHm.9113$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in news:7l6j0dF3b5tkmU1
    >> @mid.individual.net:
    >>
    >>> The restaurants I worked in
    >>> weren't even allowed to offer the untouched rolls and bread or baked
    >>> potatoes to soup kitchens.

    >>
    >>
    >> Evasive BULL****!!! You instead turned them back on the other customers
    >> in
    >> the restaurants you worked in.
    >>
    >> Like you never committed a restaurant injustice? **** you little miss
    >> polly
    >> purebread!

    >
    > Oh my.


    Andy has clearly lost what little mind he had.


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    cyberpurrs Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do


    "Dan Abel" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:hckmbi$2v4$[email protected]..
    >> >
    >> > 3. Don't make a mess just because you CAN. We once went to dinner with
    >> > someone who insisted on trashing the bread/rolls because "I want to
    >> > make
    >> > sure they don't serve them again to another table. It's the LAW." It
    >> > was
    >> > kind of disgusting.

    >
    >> What he did sounds terribly disgusting, Gloria. The restaurants I worked
    >> in
    >> weren't even allowed to offer the untouched rolls and bread or baked
    >> potatoes to soup kitchens. Sounds like your dinner friend had some
    >> serious
    >> mental problems if he was so worried about what was going to be done with
    >> the leftover bread. I'm so sorry.

    >
    > What is wrong with offering untouched food to the next unsuspecting
    > diner? (serious question)
    >
    > What then, makes it OK to offer the same food to soup kitchens?
    >

    hahaha! Excellent question.


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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do

    On Sun, 1 Nov 2009 19:52:38 -0500, "Cheryl" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    >> "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in news:7l6j0dF3b5tkmU1
    >> @mid.individual.net:
    >>
    >>> The restaurants I worked in
    >>> weren't even allowed to offer the untouched rolls and bread or baked
    >>> potatoes to soup kitchens.

    >>
    >>
    >> Evasive BULL****!!! You instead turned them back on the other customers in
    >> the restaurants you worked in.
    >>
    >> Like you never committed a restaurant injustice? **** you little miss
    >> polly
    >> purebread!

    >
    >Oh my.


    Um, wouldn't that be Polly Purebred?

  18. #18
    maxine in ri Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do

    On Nov 1, 7:22*pm, Dan Abel <da...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > In article <7l6j0dF3b5tk...@mid.individual.net>,
    >
    > *"jmcquown" <j_mcqu...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > > "gloria.p" <gpues...@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > >news:hckmbi$2v4$[email protected]..

    >
    > > > 3. Don't make a mess just because you CAN. *We once went to dinner with
    > > > someone who insisted on trashing the bread/rolls because "I want to make
    > > > sure they don't serve them again to another table. It's the LAW." *It was
    > > > kind of disgusting.

    > > What he did sounds terribly disgusting, Gloria. *The restaurants I worked in
    > > weren't even allowed to offer the untouched rolls and bread or baked
    > > potatoes to soup kitchens. *Sounds like your dinner friend had some serious
    > > mental problems if he was so worried about what was going to be done with
    > > the leftover bread. *I'm so sorry.

    >
    > What is wrong with offering untouched food to the next unsuspecting
    > diner? *(serious question)


    Once it's been brought out to the table, you don't know what's
    happened to it. Someone could have sneezed on it, picked it up with
    dirty hands (how often do people wash their hands before eating at a
    restaurant?), or otherwise passed some type of virus onto the food.
    With the butter and margarine containers, if they keep going out and
    coming back, untouched, they could spoil. And those are just for
    starters.

    > What then, makes it OK to offer the same food to soup kitchens?


    The OP said that it is _not_ ok for the restaurant to offer those to
    the soup kitchen. Has to be stuff that hasn't left the kitchen, where
    it presumably is still wholesome for someone to eat.

    maxine in ri

  19. #19
    cyberpurrs Guest

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    "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > "Cheryl" <[email protected]> wrote in
    > news:u3qHm.9113$[email protected]:
    >
    >>
    >> "Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in news:7l6j0dF3b5tkmU1
    >>> @mid.individual.net:
    >>>
    >>>> The restaurants I worked in
    >>>> weren't even allowed to offer the untouched rolls and bread or baked
    >>>> potatoes to soup kitchens.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Evasive BULL****!!! You instead turned them back on the other
    >>> customers in the restaurants you worked in.
    >>>
    >>> Like you never committed a restaurant injustice? **** you little miss
    >>> polly
    >>> purebread!

    >>
    >> Oh my.

    >
    >
    > Yeah, shame on me!
    >


    Um, that is not exactly what Cheryl meant by "oh my."

  20. #20
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: 100 Things Restaurant DINERS should always (never?) do

    brooklyn1 <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > On Sun, 1 Nov 2009 19:52:38 -0500, "Cheryl" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>"Andy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>news:[email protected]..
    >>> "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in news:7l6j0dF3b5tkmU1
    >>> @mid.individual.net:
    >>>
    >>>> The restaurants I worked in
    >>>> weren't even allowed to offer the untouched rolls and bread or
    >>>> baked potatoes to soup kitchens.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Evasive BULL****!!! You instead turned them back on the other
    >>> customers in the restaurants you worked in.
    >>>
    >>> Like you never committed a restaurant injustice? **** you little
    >>> miss polly
    >>> purebread!

    >>
    >>Oh my.

    >
    > Um, wouldn't that be Polly Purebred?



    Sheldon,

    HA! I have a world series in motion to worry about!

    You and your Yankees!!!

    Andy

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