Oh Nah Uh

| August 9, 2011 | 9 Comments

It has come to my attention that it does not matter if you work at Ruth’s Chris or McDonald’s, there are always going to be customers that try to scam the system. Take for example a situation I encountered recently at work:

Imagine a bustling Saturday night, people crammed into our small waiting area by the door looking at about an hour wait for a table. There are lit votive candles on every table and several surrounding the waiting area. Out of no where the over-powering scent of burnt hair wafts through the restaurant. This was closely followed by whispers and a whole bunch of “oh, nah uh” s. Once it was established that everyone was okay, we offered the hair-burnt woman a drink on us. Mind you, every restaurant is visited by the fire marshal on a very regular basis and there are strict rules about candles and their height in relation to the holders they are contained in. Well, one drink apparently was not enough; all of her friends were furious and demanded that they all deserve a free drink because of their friend’s misfortune. To avoid causing a scene, we comped a whole round of drinks for these ladies. As if that was not enough, once they were seated, they harassed their server, gave her zero respect and left her a terrible tip.

I have come to the realization that people will milk situations as much as possible to try to save a few bucks, even if those few dollars would have been a server or bartender’s tip.

Just this past weekend, a table of two women sat outside, engaged in a serious conversation the whole evening. They did not pay any attention to their server when she would stop by to see how they were doing. Upon their departure, they mentioned to another employee that their service was terrible and they refused to leave a tip. I hope that extra five dollars you saved was really worth it. You know your server took a mental picture of your face and if you ever dare to grace us with your presence again, you will actually find out what bad service is all about.

My tip of the day to all of you reading out there: If you can’t afford at least a 15% tip, then don’t dine out. And if you are carrying five extra pounds of fake hair on the back of your head, make sure to avoid any open flames.

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I graduated with an Art degree from a small liberal arts college, did a bit of traveling and moved to Annapolis from Baltimore about seven years ago. I currently manage a well-known Annapolis restaurant, serve and bartend. I live downtown and I like sunsets and long walks on the beach :)