Sunday, November 04, 2007

Jumpy Waiter...

Just a few short hours ago we were eating good in our neighborhood, you guessed it, Applebee's. Our waiter was on speed, possibly many shots of espresso, who knows, but he spoke so incredibly fast that he reminded me of the micro machine guy. As we ordered he repeated everything back to himself instead of writing it down and he literally jumped, turned and ran the other way to go put our order in.


For our entertainment, we watched the waiter jump, skip and hop his way around the entire place. Seriously? is it normal fro a waiter to run from table to table?. JC looked up at my husband and I and said "wow, that guy is jumpy!". "He had too much sugar!"

I've said it before, so I'll say it again. I have some pet peeves while dining out. I'll hardly ever complain but there are a few things that will turn me off a restaurant so quickly that I'll never want to go back. Ever.

Pet peeve #1- watching a waitress wipe the snot on her hand and serve food. Seriously, I watched this young girl run her entire hand up her nose, wipe it on her hip and serve a plate. YARG....

#2- The passer by waitress. You know this one right? the lady who wants to "check in" with you, but doesn't give you the time to actually stop. She's usually 3 tables down when you hear "how is everything?" Just rude

#3- Floaters, there shouldn't be any floaters in my water, thank you.

#4 -Seeing employees in the bathroom and them not washing their hands. Nasty people. Nasty. Just nasty...

#5-Cold food

#6- Watching a busboy wipe "dirty" things up and with the same towel wipe a table off for customers to sit at.

#7- Fast talking waiters, dude lay off the speed...

#8- Having to beg for service, refills or your check.

#9- Wait staff that will wait over you to sign a check. Seriously, go away, shoo, be gone, then I'll write your tip in.

#10- I can't think of another, I just wanted to round off the list. Did I miss any? What peeves you?

16 comments:

gawilli said...

#11- Being rushed to finish so they can fill the seat with the next customer.

#12- A floor that is so dirty you nearly slide to your seat.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

HOW FUNNY. If you ever go to Red Robin in Valpo, watch for Capn Cool (SERIOUSLY IT's ON HIS NAMETAG)- Arianne & I had him as our waiter the other night and he had to be the most enthusiastic worker I have EVER seen!

Steph

M said...

love your posts! my pet peeve is when you hand the waiter the check and your money and they ask if you get change!! i HATE that!

Soosh said...

I've never eaten good in my neighborhood.

Ditto everything on your list! Though I can't even stand to see employees in a restroom, period. I know they gotta go too...but it still skeeves me out to think my food preparers and deliverers having bodily functions.

chrissy said...

Ok I worked both front and back of the restaurant business. Not always pretty, not always waitresses fault, not always chef's fault. You will not always know the truth of whose fault it is your service wasn't so great. You won't know what else is going on in their life and so when you chose not to tip at least the normal amount they are robbed of feeding their families!! That said, I don't lose anything at work anymore just because I had a bad day, but waitresses do and they share with the bartender and the bus boy and the Chef still makes his moola food cold, late or whatever! Wow, I guess I am saying tip them well anyway!!

Lost A Sock said...

Heh, the waiter/waitress who doesn't need to write anything down and gets everything wrong. Hate that.

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InTheFastLane said...

When they bring you chips and salsa (at my fav. mexican resturaunt) and then don't bring you a drink for a LOOONG time.

lissa said...

Those are definitely the reasons that I don't like to eat out.

#4 reminds of a Seinfeld episode where this cook/chef didn't wash his hand after he use the bathroom and Jerry refuse to taste the food that he make after he saw the man using his unwashed hands to cook. It's quite funny.

I think what really bothers me is when a waiter brings you the food and they have a finger sticking inside the food. And also when the food is stale just by the look of the fade colored vegetables.

To Think is to Create said...

"That's why they call me Cap'n Cool!". I think that guy's lines worked better on teeny bopper girls who would swoon at his charm.

I don't think I could eat after seeing people wipe their nose or not washing their hands. ::shudder::

phobiamom said...

Yikes...I am afraid of Applebee's! I hate it with a passion! Course, I hate eating anywhere away from my safe zone but Applebee's takes the cake!

Mimi's Toes said...

I don't like it when a waitress pours hot coffee over a baby or serves hot plates over children. I met the best server in a Cracker Barrel last weekend in Michigan that served our food at the opposite end from Abby and made the comment that she never serves near a child. I have many others, but I have to get ready for work now....Happy Monday!

Stacie said...

*I dispise any lingering.

Sounds like you were at the same local applebees that we frequent, though not any longer. I can not make my kids WAIT for those people to get a clue and do their darn job.

Sandra said...

All good reasons. Consequently, to realllly enjoy eating out, you need to somewhat suspend reality and just enjoy the ambiance of it all. :D

Teena said...

#1 and #4 ... EWWWWW!

And I hate it when waiters hang around while I sign the credit card slip. No pressure!!

Stephanie said...

I worked at an Applebee's for a while- horrible, horrible place. All the trons there suck- no one has taught them any differently!

I hate when they don't write down your order. There is absolutely no reason not to! So illogical. Even if they get the order right, it bugs me.

Seriously though- no more Applebee's. Do yourself a favor.