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2012-08-16 09:47:53 PM  
I'm not handing my smart phone off to somebody who makes minimum wage.
 
2012-08-16 09:51:22 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: I'm not handing my smart phone off to somebody who makes minimum wage.


"Which phone was mine? Oh, it was the shiny new iPhone, obviously."
 
2012-08-16 10:19:04 PM  
How about I just flip them the bird® as I drive to a different restaurant..
 
2012-08-16 10:38:23 PM  
I'd do it, but the restaurant is ~3000 miles away.

/flip phone - don't use it for anything other than making phone calls.
 
2012-08-16 11:32:31 PM  
Well, my business is going elsewhere.
 
2012-08-16 11:41:56 PM  
Five percent. Nice. The tax rate here is 10.1%
 
2012-08-16 11:41:59 PM  
Hand over a phone for 5% off? Sure- I've got a box full of old phones.
 
2012-08-16 11:56:03 PM  

NotARocketScientist: I'd do it, but the restaurant is ~3000 miles away.

/flip phone - don't use it for anything other than making phone calls.


Same here. I wouldn't miss my $14.95 candy bar phone. I might miss the SIM card, though.
 
2012-08-17 12:01:32 AM  
I don't care about phones, but I was at a Red Robin last weekend and a family with a 100 year old man in tow who was in a wheelchair and clearly out of it. In the middle of our meal, he shiat himself, hopefully into an adult diaper. He even announced it to the family, "I had an accident." Instead of having someone take him to the bathroom, they sat there for 15 minutes and finished their meal while the smell of shiat permeated the rest of the restaurant. Their waitress asked them if they needed help, but they refused it. Then they paid their bill and left.

This is where we are at in America today. Because one family is used to smelling grandpa's shiat, everyone has to smell it in a public restaurant. That's far more rude than talking on a damn cell phone. I was doubly pissed off because I only get to eat burgers once a month, and this month was wasted.
 
2012-08-17 12:07:09 AM  

Lsherm: I don't care about phones, but I was at a Red Robin last weekend and a family with a 100 year old man in tow who was in a wheelchair and clearly out of it. In the middle of our meal, he shiat himself, hopefully into an adult diaper. He even announced it to the family, "I had an accident." Instead of having someone take him to the bathroom, they sat there for 15 minutes and finished their meal while the smell of shiat permeated the rest of the restaurant. Their waitress asked them if they needed help, but they refused it. Then they paid their bill and left.

This is where we are at in America today. Because one family is used to smelling grandpa's shiat, everyone has to smell it in a public restaurant. That's far more rude than talking on a damn cell phone. I was doubly pissed off because I only get to eat burgers once a month, and this month was wasted.



Your first mistake was going to Dead Robin...
 
2012-08-17 12:17:43 AM  

UberDave: Your first mistake was going to Dead Robin...


If I get a burger once a month, it's not going to be from McDonald's. Unfortunately, I don't live in a very populated area, so Red Robin is the best available option unless I want to drive 50 miles.
 
2012-08-17 12:18:39 AM  
Red Robin is basically an upscale Applebees for people who think 5 Guys is decent.
 
2012-08-17 12:44:35 AM  

Pocket Ninja: Red Robin is basically an upscale Applebees for people who think 5 Guys is decent.


Good thing you threw in the addendum. "Upscale Applebees" isn't saying very much.

Luckily, I live in a big city and don't have to frequent chain restaurants...much less fast food. There's a local burger place nearby that's been around since my dad was in his 20s. They impregnate their burger meat with farking bacon. BACON! (awesome burgers)
 
2012-08-17 01:15:29 AM  
I'm keeping the phone. I'm not saving $2.50 on a 50 dollar bill if I don't have my phone. Besides, the saving doesn't get substantial until the cost gets large - like, say, $400 bucks, which would save you $20. Of course, if I'm going to have a $400 dollar meal, $20 bucks is probably the last of my concerns.
 
2012-08-17 01:24:15 AM  
I think it would be better if they added 20% if you take a call in the dining room.
 
2012-08-17 01:37:47 AM  

Pocket Ninja: Red Robin is basically an upscale Applebees for people who think 5 Guys is decent.



Well said. Er, trolled. Whatever. You won't get an argument from me.
 
2012-08-17 01:41:55 AM  

RexTalionis: I'm keeping the phone. I'm not saving $2.50 on a 50 dollar bill if I don't have my phone.


If you're spending $50 at Eva, you're eating alone.

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2012-08-17 03:23:51 AM  
But we're still expected to tip on the undiscounted amount, right?

fark you.
 
2012-08-17 03:29:43 AM  
I appreciate what they're doing, but some of us are on call and truly can't be without the stupid electronic leash.

I do try to keep it on vibrate and not answer until I can excuse myself, though...
 
2012-08-17 03:32:31 AM  

autopsybeverage: I appreciate what they're doing, but some of us are on call and truly can't be without the stupid electronic leash.

I do try to keep it on vibrate and not answer until I can excuse myself, though...


See, this helps deomonstrate that people who really need to be on call are considerate about it, but any asshole who'll just answer their phone where ever because "they're important" really aren't that important.
 
2012-08-17 03:37:19 AM  
"How about I just flip them the bird® as I drive to a different restaurant.."
"I'm not handing my smart phone off to somebody who makes minimum wage."

I often sit here in foreign country thinking sentimental thoughts about my native USA. And then I read self-righteous arrogant anti-social nonsense like the above and it all goes away.
 
2012-08-17 03:37:36 AM  
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2012-08-17 03:38:10 AM  

Bomb Head Mohammed: "How about I just flip them the bird® as I drive to a different restaurant.."
"I'm not handing my smart phone off to somebody who makes minimum wage."

I often sit here in foreign country thinking sentimental thoughts about my native USA. And then I read self-righteous arrogant anti-social nonsense like the above and it all goes away.


If you don't like it here, get the fark out!
 
2012-08-17 03:39:23 AM  

Lsherm: I don't care about phones, but I was at a Red Robin last weekend and a family with a 100 year old man in tow who was in a wheelchair and clearly out of it. In the middle of our meal, he shiat himself, hopefully into an adult diaper. He even announced it to the family, "I had an accident." Instead of having someone take him to the bathroom, they sat there for 15 minutes and finished their meal while the smell of shiat permeated the rest of the restaurant. Their waitress asked them if they needed help, but they refused it. Then they paid their bill and left.

This is where we are at in America today. Because one family is used to smelling grandpa's shiat, everyone has to smell it in a public restaurant. That's far more rude than talking on a damn cell phone. I was doubly pissed off because I only get to eat burgers once a month, and this month was wasted.


I have to feel sorry for the man whose (apparently desensitized) family caused, then ignored, this embarrassing moment... I hope you didn't just see him as some kind of possible value subtraction to your meal price... Maybe you saw him as a person who would rather be remembered for any other moment in his life than this one.

"Oh yes, you are the man who shiat in your diaper while I was dining..."

Tell me more about where we are in America today.
 
2012-08-17 03:43:07 AM  

Lsherm: I don't care about phones, but I was at a Red Robin last weekend and a family with a 100 year old man in tow who was in a wheelchair and clearly out of it. In the middle of our meal, he shiat himself, hopefully into an adult diaper. He even announced it to the family, "I had an accident." Instead of having someone take him to the bathroom, they sat there for 15 minutes and finished their meal while the smell of shiat permeated the rest of the restaurant. Their waitress asked them if they needed help, but they refused it. Then they paid their bill and left.

This is where we are at in America today. Because one family is used to smelling grandpa's shiat, everyone has to smell it in a public restaurant. That's far more rude than talking on a damn cell phone. I was doubly pissed off because I only get to eat burgers once a month, and this month was wasted.


Uhg, went to red robin last weekend. Wed gone a few weeks ago for my free birthday burger, and the kitchen farked up pretty bad, ordered sweet potato fries, they didnt come out with the rest of our meal, was told it would be just another minute, finally got them 20 minutes later. So they gave us an unsolicited gift card.

Anyway, we were in the neighborhood and had the gift card so we went back. Got seated next to a table with 2 enormous women and this tiny little man. Im assuming parents and daughter. I think there were 3 appetizers on their table when we were seated, then their meal comes, all full sized burgers, first thing they do is pick off the lettuce and tomato and any thing else healthy from their burgers and immediately ordered 2 more baskets of fries... Then there was another even larger woman at the table behind my SO, in a scooter, literally shoveling food into her face, there was sauce all down her face and the front of her shirt. I hadnt eaten anything all day so all of this wasnt quite enough to make me lose my appetite, but me and my fiancee were both so put off by all this that we just ordered chicken sandwiches and diet sodas and didnt even get a refill on our fries and decided to do the rest of our shopping in the area on foot...

Seriously, ive got a bit of a paunch, could stand to lose a few pounds, so id say im not one to judge... but cmon, how the fark do you let yourself get like that?
 
2012-08-17 03:44:46 AM  

artemusprine: Lsherm: I don't care about phones, but I was at a Red Robin last weekend and a family with a 100 year old man in tow who was in a wheelchair and clearly out of it. In the middle of our meal, he shiat himself, hopefully into an adult diaper. He even announced it to the family, "I had an accident." Instead of having someone take him to the bathroom, they sat there for 15 minutes and finished their meal while the smell of shiat permeated the rest of the restaurant. Their waitress asked them if they needed help, but they refused it. Then they paid their bill and left.

This is where we are at in America today. Because one family is used to smelling grandpa's shiat, everyone has to smell it in a public restaurant. That's far more rude than talking on a damn cell phone. I was doubly pissed off because I only get to eat burgers once a month, and this month was wasted.

I have to feel sorry for the man whose (apparently desensitized) family caused, then ignored, this embarrassing moment... I hope you didn't just see him as some kind of possible value subtraction to your meal price... Maybe you saw him as a person who would rather be remembered for any other moment in his life than this one.

"Oh yes, you are the man who shiat in your diaper while I was dining..."

Tell me more about where we are in America today.


I, for one, agree. It's a shame that the economic downturn has forced people to accept their elderly parents back into their homes, and not keep them locked in their assisted living communities. I bet that guy never shiat his pants for the orderly who liked to beat grandpas.
 
2012-08-17 03:46:14 AM  
How much is the discount for handing over your screaming kids?
 
2012-08-17 03:58:40 AM  

autopsybeverage: I appreciate what they're doing, but some of us are on call and truly can't be without the stupid electronic leash.

I do try to keep it on vibrate and not answer until I can excuse myself, though...


Being on call and being unable to text your BFF Jill are totally different, though. This is more or less how most of us view the latter.
 
2012-08-17 04:01:13 AM  

ladron: How much is the discount for handing over your screaming kids?


Not likely. They know if they offered anything, no one would ever pick the bastards back up.
 
2012-08-17 04:01:34 AM  
FTA: and many express gratitude at the opportunity to let go of their devices for a while.

It's sad to see that people have no willpower over their ability to stay the fark away from their phones. It's as if they feel controlled by their phones and finally get to step back, take a break and look around for awhile. Slaves to the machine...

/Phone stays in the car when I'm out at restaurants
//I usually leave it out there when I'm at home too
 
2012-08-17 04:03:07 AM  
Management will very often comp your meal if you complain due to brat-ass children in the restaurant. More often than not, in fact. At the very least they'll cut your bill by 50%.

/the more you know
//old guy shiats himself? yeah, that's a comp.
 
2012-08-17 04:03:46 AM  
How much for one rib?
 
2012-08-17 04:04:36 AM  

Triumph: Hand over a phone for 5% off? Sure- I've got a box full of old phones.


Pretty much this!
 
2012-08-17 04:07:29 AM  

Lsherm: UberDave: Your first mistake was going to Dead Robin...

If I get a burger once a month, it's not going to be from McDonald's. Unfortunately, I don't live in a very populated area, so Red Robin is the best available option unless I want to drive 50 miles.


You really need to move. Seriously.
 
2012-08-17 04:07:30 AM  
Truly sad that people do not do this of their own accord. I can understand certain people needing to have their cell phones with them, such as doctors, parents who have left the kids with the babysitter, or even people expecting business calls. But, most people do not need to be in touch with the rest of the world all the time. If they cannot willingly turn off their phone for an hour or two then they have some serious problems going on.
 
2012-08-17 04:16:45 AM  
I don't get the outrage about using a phone at a restaurant. Sure, I hate hearing someone on the phone in a movie theater, when people are trying to enjoy a movie, but if someone has a quick chat at their table and keeps their voice no louder than their dinner table conversation, what's the harm to everyone else? Now, it might not be very polite to talk on your phone while out with friends, but that's hardly something that will affect other tables.

I say this as someone without a fancy phone and who is rarely on the phone.
 
2012-08-17 04:23:14 AM  
Why are you on your phone at dinner? This isn't econ 101, turn off Angry Birds.
 
2012-08-17 04:24:36 AM  

Hobo Jr.: Why are you on your phone at dinner? This isn't econ 101, turn off Angry Birds.


Some people are important and need to take calls. I wouldn't expect you to understand that.
 
2012-08-17 04:24:43 AM  
Yeah I imagine this works well until someone decides to clone stuff.
 
2012-08-17 04:28:07 AM  
I'm in favor of a revival of phone booths. Little sound proofed booths you can duck into for phone conversations longer than "Yeah, we're here"
 
2012-08-17 04:32:11 AM  
My time is worth more than a 5% discount at a restaurant. If someone's trying to get ahold of me and they can't, that can lose me money. If I want to get ahold of my assistant to assign him a task to do for me or my wife, then I'm going to do it NOW. I'm not going to pay him to sit around doing nothing so that I can get a nubianrdly discount on a restaurant bill. If that upsets the delicate sensibilities of the diners around me, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
 
2012-08-17 04:32:58 AM  

xl5150: My time is worth more than a 5% discount at a restaurant. If someone's trying to get ahold of me and they can't, that can lose me money. If I want to get ahold of my assistant to assign him a task to do for me or my wife, then I'm going to do it NOW. I'm not going to pay him to sit around doing nothing so that I can get a nubianrdly discount on a restaurant bill. If that upsets the delicate sensibilities of the diners around me, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.


farking racist.
 
2012-08-17 04:36:13 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: farking racist.


Please. My people have been through much more suffering and systematic hatred than any other race. I know what suffering is, and no other race can even come close.
 
2012-08-17 04:38:20 AM  

xl5150: AverageAmericanGuy: farking racist.

Please. My people have been through much more suffering and systematic hatred than any other race. I know what suffering is, and no other race can even come close.


So have my people. This is certainly serendipitous.
 
2012-08-17 04:39:14 AM  
I don't care about your high school scuffles. I'm talking about true survival.
 
2012-08-17 04:39:19 AM  
So what races are you two crybabies?
 
2012-08-17 04:39:55 AM  

xl5150: I don't care about your high school scuffles. I'm talking about true survival.


Me too! Holy shiat. It's like I've found a soul brother.
 
2012-08-17 04:40:37 AM  

robohobo: So what races are you two crybabies?


I'm of the Chosen People.
 
2012-08-17 04:41:41 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Me too! Holy shiat. It's like I've found a soul brother.


Fat chance, Gentile. You're not fit to wax my car. Go back to your menial labor.
 
2012-08-17 04:41:41 AM  

xl5150: robohobo: So what races are you two crybabies?

I'm of the Chosen People.


Talofa, braddah!
 
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