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2013-12-26 01:05:38 AM
Thats OK we are openly discussing which theatrical productions he has auditioned for, his preference of meth to coke, and his sexual proclivities as he gets the cocktails.
 
2013-12-26 01:18:23 AM
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2013-12-26 01:33:23 AM
The notion of celebrity chefs needs to die. These people cook food. So what?
 
2013-12-26 01:33:32 AM
um, ok
 
2013-12-26 01:43:03 AM

VelcroFez: The notion of celebrity chefs needs to die. These people cook food. So what?


Something on your mind?
 
2013-12-26 01:50:09 AM
What's the hand signal for "I'm totally gonna bone this chick later so back off"?
 
2013-12-26 02:13:11 AM
As long as it is not affecting the service or the food, I really couldn't care less.
 
2013-12-26 02:13:17 AM
CSS: A family I served tipped me double what they normally did because I could sign to the deaf kid at the table. When I brought him the correct drink without having to ask Mom what he said, everyone was impressed: I enjoyed it because I learned a new sign.

Anything that helps you make the customer feel special is good customer service. Bonus if you can impress the kids.
 
2013-12-26 02:17:40 AM

fusillade762: What's the hand signal for "I'm totally gonna bone this chick later so back off"?

 
2013-12-26 02:19:46 AM

fusillade762: What's the hand signal for "I'm totally gonna bone this chick later so back off"?


Ugh.  Lets try that again:

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/this is the one I tried to post, higher comedic value
 
2013-12-26 05:50:47 AM
Ah. It's another "Serving in a restaurant is a really hard and professional job for which my years at college and a liberal arts degree were totally necessary, so tip me 25%, biatch" thread.
 
2013-12-26 06:00:34 AM

VelcroFez: The notion of celebrity chefs needs to die. These people cook food. So what?


Add "celebrity" DJs to that.
 
2013-12-26 06:01:54 AM
As usual, most here did not seem to RTFA. This is about subtle ways of making your dining experience better without bothering you, not about making fun of you behind your back.  But, of course, carry on...
 
2013-12-26 06:06:27 AM
I'm here for the pics/GIFs
 
2013-12-26 06:07:01 AM

Bolo Jungle: As usual, most here did not seem to RTFA. This is about subtle ways of making your dining experience better without bothering you, not about making fun of you behind your back.  But, of course, carry on...


QFT

Someday all the internet will be pictures.
 
2013-12-26 06:30:06 AM

Bslim: VelcroFez: The notion of celebrity chefs needs to die. These people cook food. So what?

Add "celebrity" DJs to that.


Or just celebrities in general
 
2013-12-26 07:31:57 AM
I scored this waiter. Fark me, he was all over the shop. He needed to be fired on the spot and strong-armed out of the establishment.

http://tinypic.com/m/hwe1qo/2

Hoping management grow a pair and do it soon.
 
2013-12-26 07:32:21 AM

VelcroFez: The notion of celebrity chefs needs to die. These people cook food. So what?


U mad bro?

Celebrity chefs are fine.  They've been around since at least post-WWII (looking at you Julia) and famous restaurants much longer.  They've just gotten annoying ever since Food Network has needed to fill 24 hours of programming with different niches.  I want to f*cking murder Rachel Ray.
 
2013-12-26 07:33:15 AM
"Enjoy your studio apartment."
 
2013-12-26 07:33:30 AM
That's okay.  They can secretly sign all they want.  I still decide what the tip is.

Oh!  Secret hand gestures?  That one must mean you only want 8%.
 
2013-12-26 07:34:38 AM

Peki: CSS: A family I served tipped me double what they normally did because I could sign to the deaf kid at the table. When I brought him the correct drink without having to ask Mom what he said, everyone was impressed: I enjoyed it because I learned a new sign.

Anything that helps you make the customer feel special is good customer service. Bonus if you can impress the kids.


A wait person not screaming about serving children - very refreshing.

Bonus if you can impress the kids.

Back in my table jockey days, being able to relate to kids always impressed the parents, which led to better tips.  Most times the kids were easier to please than the adults.
 
2013-12-26 07:38:31 AM

mike_d85: VelcroFez: The notion of celebrity chefs needs to die. These people cook food. So what?

U mad bro?

Celebrity chefs are fine.  They've been around since at least post-WWII (looking at you Julia) and famous restaurants much longer.  They've just gotten annoying ever since Food Network has needed to fill 24 hours of programming with different niches.  I want to f*cking murder Rachel Ray.


Regarding Julia Child; you spend a war as a trooper in the OSS, and you can do what you like too.

For the rest of them; yeah, they need to stick to recipes and lay off the editorializing and "insider secrets".
 
2013-12-26 07:38:35 AM

ktybear:


I was going to say that when I was a waitress we only had one hand signal, but I see you've got it covered.
 
2013-12-26 07:40:22 AM

Bolo Jungle: As usual, most here did not seem to RTFA. This is about subtle ways of making your dining experience better without bothering you, not about making fun of you behind your back.  But, of course, carry on...


Yep.  There are also certain things diners can do to indicate that they are done with their meal so the waiter doesn't have to bother you to ask if he can take your plate.

This may not work at Applebee's or Red Lobster.
 
2013-12-26 07:45:13 AM

gfid: Bolo Jungle: As usual, most here did not seem to RTFA. This is about subtle ways of making your dining experience better without bothering you, not about making fun of you behind your back.  But, of course, carry on...

Yep.  There are also certain things diners can do to indicate that they are done with their meal so the waiter doesn't have to bother you to ask if he can take your plate.

This may not work at Applebee's or Red Lobster.


Such fine establishments not knowing the finer points of etiquette?  The hell you say.
 
2013-12-26 07:54:36 AM

mike_d85: VelcroFez: The notion of celebrity chefs needs to die. These people cook food. So what?

U mad bro?

Celebrity chefs are fine.  They've been around since at least post-WWII (looking at you Julia) and famous restaurants much longer.  They've just gotten annoying ever since Food Network has needed to fill 24 hours of programming with different niches.  I want to f*cking murder Rachel Ray.


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2013-12-26 07:58:58 AM
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2013-12-26 08:00:42 AM

Laobaojun: That's okay.  They can secretly sign all they want.  I still decide what the tip is.

Oh!  Secret hand gestures?  That one must mean you only want 8%.


So improving your service and experience lowers the tip?

Or you didn't RTFA.

/always wanted to learn sign language for loud bars
 
2013-12-26 08:01:57 AM

Laobaojun: That's okay.  They can secretly sign all they want.  I still decide what the tip is.

Oh!  Secret hand gestures?  That one must mean you only want 8%.


If they're secret, then how would you notice?
 
2013-12-26 08:09:45 AM
Take my order and deliver it correctly. If it's cold, I am going to complain. Just leave a pitcher of sweet tea, or make sure we are refilled before we need it. If you take care of me I will tip you, if not don't complain, you didn't do your job.
 
2013-12-26 08:13:55 AM

LoneWolf343: Laobaojun: That's okay.  They can secretly sign all they want.  I still decide what the tip is.

Oh!  Secret hand gestures?  That one must mean you only want 8%.

If they're secret, then how would you notice?


If I notice, how secret was it?
It takes a fair bit for me to mess with the 20% baseline tip.  And I have watched the wait staff communicate discreetly and make the dinner better for it at upscale restaurants.  But the last time a waiter was openly disrespectful to my guest and me, I was unforgiving.

/I had the audacity to have a meal with a woman of a different ethnicity....
 
2013-12-26 08:16:01 AM
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2013-12-26 08:20:19 AM
Approves of secret hand gestures:
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2013-12-26 08:23:34 AM
What's the sign for the busboy to steal third?
 
2013-12-26 08:25:03 AM
One of the most-used set of codes evolved from consumers' thirst for designer water.

What.
 
2013-12-26 08:34:22 AM
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2013-12-26 09:02:19 AM
Call me crazy, but when I order, I often just ask the wait staff to bring my bill at the same time as my food.  That way I don't have to do the subtle waving across the restaurant to get their attention.  I've had all too many otherwise nice meals ruined by waiting 30 minutes for the bill.  This also keeps me from being tempted by dessert I don't need.
 
2013-12-26 09:06:46 AM

Milos Hattrick: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x346]


This.
 
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2013-12-26 09:16:03 AM

orbister: Ah. It's another "Serving in a restaurant is a really hard and professional job for which my years at college and a liberal arts degree were totally necessary, so tip me 25%, biatch" thread.


It wasn't, but why not turn it into one?
 
2013-12-26 09:37:20 AM

Bolo Jungle: As usual, most here did not seem to RTFA. This is about subtle ways of making your dining experience better without bothering you, not about making fun of you behind your back.  But, of course, carry on...


In their defense the article was completely retarded.  Signs used at one restaurant in DC a food critic eats at.    All of which could have been more effectively and universally achieved with actual sign language.  Forget the hatred of Celebrity Chefs and D.J.'s, Food critics have been replace by user ratings long ago.  Sure they are advertisement for the restaurant to people who read newspapers, but that's hardly going to make or break a restaurant these days.
 
2013-12-26 09:41:39 AM
The folks that work in these types of restaurants are professionals, and I guarantee they don't work for "Tips", but make a good wage.
 
2013-12-26 09:42:17 AM
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2013-12-26 09:43:17 AM

VelcroFez: The notion of celebrity chefs needs to die. These people cook food. So what?


Chefs have replaced magicians at the top of the "Why are these assclowns getting hot pussy?" department.
 
2013-12-26 09:43:24 AM

mike_d85: Celebrity chefs are fine.  They've been around since at least post-WWII (looking at you Julia) and famous restaurants much longer.  They've just gotten annoying ever since Food Network has needed to fill 24 hours of programming with different niches.  I want to f*cking murder Rachel Ray.


I would stab her repeatedly with my pork dagger.
 
2013-12-26 09:44:22 AM
"Our service is hybrid," says Sanders, whose clientele is heavy with politicians, media bigwigs and Secret Service agents protecting The Restaurant Isn't Saying.

Is that a cute turn of phrase, or is "The Retaurant Isn't Saying" a placeholder that the editor forget to remove?
 
2013-12-26 09:46:15 AM
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Only hand signal  I care that the waiter knows.


/For those of you that don't know it, it's the "Choke the little shiat behind me that keeps kicking the booth, and I'll tip 25%" sign
 
2013-12-26 09:50:38 AM
I'm no waiter, but secret communication is a big part of the hospitality business. It really does feel like a magic trick  when you do it right. I do valet for a fancy-schmancy 5-star hotel (I'm a college kid, before you judge). The result, when executed properly, is two-fold: it makes the guest feel special, which is always good, and for the staff that works for tips, it typically raises the amount they receive.

In our case, we all wear radios with earpieces. I'd say at least 80% of the communication we do is about specific guests we encounter.

Example:
A guest comes through valet and needs his luggage unloaded. Obvious indicator that he's just arrived and is checking in. Through a few moments of small talk while helping him with his luggage, or just by asking directly, I can find out when this man's name is.

Once he's out of earshot, I can call out on my radio "Front desk, you have a Mr. Smith headed your way. He's wearing a blue polo." 30 seconds later when he arrives at the front desk to check in, they can greet him. "Good afternoon Mr. Smith, how are you doing?" They can even get started with some of the preliminary work for a check-in, ultimately speeding up the process for the guest.

I have a feeling most people on an online forum would say that they'd find this creepy, but I've honestly never seen someone not appreciate little things like this. Worst case is they don't notice/don't care, but oftentimes you can tell they're at least mildly impressed.
 
2013-12-26 10:14:48 AM
Who cares?
 
2013-12-26 10:16:03 AM

kindar: I'm no waiter, but secret communication is a big part of the hospitality business....

In our case, we all wear radios with earpieces. I'd say at least 80% of the communication we do is about specific guests we encounter.


There may be interesting hand signals (or other communication), but this article is rediculously useless. there are 5 signals for "still water." I'd like to see something a bit more useful, like kindar.
 
2013-12-26 10:24:33 AM

Gunderson: [theembarrassment.files.wordpress.com image 350x232]

Only hand signal  I care that the waiter knows.


/For those of you that don't know it, it's the "Choke the little shiat behind me that keeps kicking the booth, and I'll tip 25%" sign


I interpreted it as "perform the Heimlich manoeuvre on me immediately" - an error in either direction could be unfortunate...
 
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