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Poor Dining
rant : by Bill - February 9th 2005, 03:17AM
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So we went to have dinner at the World Famous Denny's Restaurant. Everything was going along nicely. We were seated promptly and had our drinks brought to us in a timely fashion. Then we waited... and waited... and waited... and finally we have our waiter come to us and ask if we are ready to order. We answer "yes" and he tells us that he will go get our waitress for us. Who should come to our table? Why, it is the same waitress we had last time we were there... Cheryl (sounds similar to the beginning of Chernobyl).

A little history... first time we had her, she was extremely slow, and didn't seem to give a crap about doing her job. Although she was rather horrible, I left her a tip of 15% (around $3.75), because I am a Compassionate Conservative. Jessica was tinkleed that I tipped less than $5.00, because she is a waitress and feels that she should tip 156% of the total. She also has a hard time comprehending that people should be tipped for doing a good job, and not given pity bucks because they hold the same job title.

Cheryl finally takes our order, and Jessica tells me about how we need to tip her better this time so that she will be a better server the next time we come in. I was like... negative. This isn't france nor is it russia. This is a democracy with a capitalist economy. I am not going to be giving away money to someone who doesn't work. My response tinkleed her off, but hey, she can get over it.

Some time later, our food is brought out to us, by a different member of the wait staff. Everything looks great, so my mood goes up to a happier level. Of course, it cannot stay at that acceptable level, for I have two stereotypical dumb-banana shock blondes sitting behind me. Why is this a problem, aren't they normally really hot? Well, true, they are... but they are behind me, and I can only hear them instead of look at them. They decided that it would be a great idea to study for their biology test in a restaurant. So the entire time I am trying to eat, I hear these dumb asses going on and on about bacterial and viral pathogens in food, and ways that they are passed on to other foods and people. I mean, wtf, is a restaurant really the place that you should be yelling this out to each other? To make things worse, they didn't even order any kind of food entrée... they were just sucking down coffee and wasting a table for their waiter.

We then decided that we are finished, and are ready for a box and our check. So we wait. We then wait some more. I look all around the restaurant, and do not see our waitress. I see all the rest of the wait staff taking care of their tables, but I do not see ours. I then look back into the kitchen area, and catch a glimpse of her walking by the entrance... but she still fails to come by. Finally, I hear someone else say "Cheryl, I think table 8 is ready for their check." She then brings us our check and later our boxes.

Overall, we saw our waitress twice... to take our order, and to bring us our check. Our food, napkins, and refills were taken care of by everyone else (other wait staff came by six times total). When I went to pay, I was originally wanting to tip her $0.00, but since I was feeling generous and wanted to call attention to the job she did, I left her $0.22 to round out my total to an even dollar amount. I am going to call the manager and bring attention to the crappy service, as well as let him know that I will be taking my business to the College Station IHOP when in the mood for breakfast type food.

Are my actions and feelings too harsh towards our waitress and the two dumb blondes, or would you have done the same thing, if not worse?
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+ Robert L.
  Feb 09, 2005 10:57
  
#289
I feel the same for dumb people in general. I would have done the same thing man. It seems commonplace now that people just don't want to do their jobs, and poor service is delivered. If some managers actually did their jobs... that wouldn't happen.

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+ Robert L.
  Feb 09, 2005 10:57
  
#290
I would have tipped her a dollar.

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+ Robert L.
  Feb 09, 2005 10:58
  
#291
...and a smack on the fart-canister as I walked out the door.

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+ Paul A.
  Feb 09, 2005 12:30
  
#294
I just throw in a few dollars depending on how they did; no percentages really. Good = a couple of bucks. Excellent = a couple of bucks + some more bucks. Poor = "I got a tip for ya". Nobody forces them to be on a restaurant wait staff. If they didn't know tips were lousy when they were going in, that's their own crap fault for picking that job. Do they expect to receive the cost of the food as a tip? Screw that. Get another job. Tips are a "Hey thanks for the service" type deal. Nobody HAS to give wait staff a tip. Do Whataburger employees get tips for bringing your food? No. What about Sonic Employees? Nope.

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+ Robert L.
  Feb 09, 2005 13:08
  
#300
not really, but I tip them more.

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+ Bill S.
  Feb 09, 2005 16:10
  
#306
BTW... I always pay with Discover, so I wanted to make sure she had to claim the $.22 for taxes.

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+ anonymous
  Feb 10, 2005 16:26
  
#318
bad service means bad tip. good service means good tip. end of story.

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+ Robert L.
  Feb 10, 2005 21:59
  
#327
Breast size can up the percentage.

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+ Robert L.
  Feb 10, 2005 21:59
  
#328
I'm a big tipper @ hooters

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+ Bill S.
  Feb 11, 2005 02:45
  
#344
crap it robo... don't give them more money... just enjoy the view and leave them as much as they give out

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+ Tim L.
  Feb 16, 2005 11:45
  
#373
I usually overtip to make up for the cheapskates. I tip very well for excellent service. If the service sucks, the manager gets a visit.

Ask Grendel about Chili's!! Har!

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+ Tommy G.
  Feb 17, 2005 08:53
  
#380
OMG! We were at Chili's for two hours for lunch. Why? Becaue we were talking and having such a grand ole time? No! It was because of our incompetent waiter.
I meet ING and Voo, et al., for lunch one day, we order our drinks. That took a while, but it was okay, we just wanted our food. It took an HOUR for us to get our food.
Our food finally comes out, Voo's food is cold. The waiter couldn't remember who had which burger, and didn't know what was on each burger when he brought them out!
Voo's food is so cold, he goes and talks to the manager, after about 15minutes of talking to him, the manager brings us coupons for the meal. We had already paid at this point.
The moronic waiter couldn't even get the change right. He owed me like $1.50 and gave me a one then walked off. I know it's only 50cents, but he kept it. I walked off after waiting for him to come back for like 5 minutes. When do I expect to return to the Nacogdoches Chili's? Not for a long time - if ever.

(the coupon was only for $5 too!)

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+ Tommy G.
  Feb 17, 2005 08:55
  
#381
The whole thing about the 50 cents was, I wanted it back so he profited $0.00 from my meal, instead he got a 50-cent tip.

Doc, on the other hand, our waiter at Pizza Hut is great. I mean, Pizza Hut, I didn't even really think they had waiters there. But Doc is the best employee Pizza Hut ever had. He keeps our drinks topped off and clears out the dirty plates as quickly as we can finish them. +2 for Doc.

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+ Tim L.
  Feb 17, 2005 14:46
  
#384
Doc is the shizznit

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+ anonymous
  Mar 02, 2008 10:25
  
#1387
Hey NTHAvok hey d-ck head sonic employees (carhops) only get 2.13 an hour as a base pay, tips make up the difference retard, at least in most states, as far as whatabuger a tip for what? lol half the time I call out the number, because were to busy to bring it out xD btw if you don't wanna tip make you're own food at you're house not where someone has to wait on you...

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