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2014-07-22 04:50:22 PM  
Ohhh...I accidentally destroyed a restaurant guest's iPhone...

I was once a waiter at many a restaurant...one of the last restaurants I waited at was a very fine dining establishment (I made some CA$H there!!!!).

Typically men, but a lot of women too, would place their phone on the table. During our initial greet, we asked that they remove their phones from the table, put them away so that they may enjoy the meal and that also we did not want an accident. Most people complied. If they did not, we would tell a joke about having professional photographers taking pictures of our food, and if they wanted to share their meal pics, please direct your friends to our website...blah, blah, blah...

One night I was reaching for a dish on the table, at the same time another guest at the table smacked her wine glass into the plate mid air, which caused me to drop the plate and knock over a glass of water. The plate fell straight down on its side onto a iPhone, immediately shattering the screen into a million pieces, and the water from the glass just added insult to injury and fried the phone. It was toast!

Dude was FARKING PISSED!!! The manager ran over, and my team of bussers help clear the table. Everything was cleared, dried, replaced, and fixed within like 40 seconds. The lady who caused this was super apologetic for the fiasco she just caused, all the while the guy is steaming mad that his phone is busted.

The guy starts demanding that we pay for the phone.

My manager asks him if I asked the table to put their phones away, everyone at the table chimes in and says I did. My manager asks the table if I explained  why they needed to be put away, everyone says I did. My manager looks at the guy and said something to the effect of "well if what I am hearing is correct, Endive Wombat asked that you put your phone away in case of an accident...an accident happened and you only have yourself to blame for your busted phone...this is one of the reasons we ask guests to keep their phones in their pockets or purses..."

The guy whose phone got busted was really mean to me for the rest of his meal and left me shiatty tip...like their bill was $400 and he left me maybe $15???  His "friend" who was sitting next to him saw the shiatty tip and on their way out, handed me two $100's and said that his friend was an ass who thinks he is better than the wait staff, and that I did a great job.
 
2014-07-22 04:50:35 PM  
Really? They didn't figure this out until they reviewed the old tape? I thought it was common knowledge that smartphones devour your soul.
I didn't even have a smartphone until last month and now I'm that scary lady who whips out her phone to show random strangers pictures of her cat.
I'm so very afraid.
 
2014-07-22 04:59:21 PM  
Hi there. I'm Brad, and I'll be your server tonight. Now, before we go any further, I would like all of you to set your phones to silent mode or turn them off altogether. Please take this time to put your phones away, as the other folks dining in this establishment do not want to hear your phone conversations, and surely the people you're dining with would rather you pay attention to them instead of your phones. Parents, please take the tablets and portable video games away from your children and put them away. If your children want something to keep them busy, how about engaging them in conversation instead? In fact, you could start off by discussing what you're going to order, since this is a restaurant and our purpose for being here is to prepare and serve food. If none of this is sinking in, there is a McDonald's right down the street, not two blocks from here. Now, what would you nice folks like to drink?
 
2014-07-22 05:03:03 PM  
Hasn't this been debunked about six ways from Sunday? The origin of this story was an anonymous Craigslist post.

It's bullshiat, people.
 
2014-07-22 05:15:26 PM  
There is no way in hell this story is real (although i haven't personally seen anything specifically debunking it)
 
2014-07-22 05:22:21 PM  

Cyclometh: Hasn't this been debunked about six ways from Sunday? The origin of this story was an anonymous Craigslist post.

It's bullshiat, people.


I am dubious about everything I read on the interwebby but frankly, in this case, I don't care if it's fiction.

I am a big fan of the moral it is pushing.
 
2014-07-22 05:31:36 PM  

brap: Cyclometh: Hasn't this been debunked about six ways from Sunday? The origin of this story was an anonymous Craigslist post.

It's bullshiat, people.

I am dubious about everything I read on the interwebby but frankly, in this case, I don't care if it's fiction.

I am a big fan of the moral it is pushing.



In other words, it's not true and the conclusions it points to not justified based on the arguments made, but you like it anyway, because... what? All the people who actually aren't doing the stupid shiat this article claims is happening are in some way offending you anyway?

It's like saying "you know, twenty years ago you didn't see so many speeders with red cars. Now there's a lot of people speeding in red cars. Boy, red cars suck, huh?"

People are no more or less rude now than they were ten or twenty years ago; this fixation on a certain behavior is just the flavor of the month. Rude people use cell phones rudely, so everyone who has a cell phone is rude. And oh, mobile devices  make you rude, right?

It's a pathetically stupid argument.

/someone accusing me of using a mobile device rudely in 3...
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-22 05:35:26 PM  
I want to believe.
 
2014-07-22 05:39:48 PM  
The original Craigslist rant:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/rnr/4562386373.html

Totally unsourced, no citations or any evidence.
 
2014-07-22 05:40:52 PM  

Cyclometh: In other words, it's not true and the conclusions it points to not justified based on the arguments made, but you like it anyway, because... what? All the people who actually aren't doing the stupid shiat this article claims is happening are in some way offending you anyway?....


Actually, I am really not that strongly committed to this narrative either way.

I just like watching he veins on your forehead pop out.
 
2014-07-22 05:44:23 PM  

brap: I just like watching he veins on your forehead pop out.


Well, I'm sure there's a club for your fetish somewhere

However, despite your snide backtracking, the point is that the whole thing is debunked garbage, but people keep shoveling it into their gaping media maws without even batting an eye, along with all the other lies they're fed day in and day out, and even go so far as to say that they prefer the lie that confirms their bias than the truth.

Credulous, cretinous fools.
 
2014-07-22 05:52:02 PM  
Don't know if the story is made up or not.

This picture is obviously staged:


aljoriz.files.wordpress.com

If it were real, the kids would have smart phones as well.
 
2014-07-22 06:00:50 PM  
Waiter could you be so kind as to send this wafer-thin mint and quadruple espresso over to that portly purple-faced man in the corner.  I believe his name is Jr. Detective Snopes, Internet Squad.

Tell him that thanks to his counseling I've found my fetish club, it's called The Internet.

Also let him know that someone cutting and pasting something and putting it on Crasgslist does not a fact-checked origin story make.

Also, would you mind taking a photo for us of his aneurysm?   You can borrow my smartphone.
 
2014-07-22 06:02:12 PM  
While the veracity of this article may be in question, it does bring up a valid point.  People sitting AT THE SAME FARKING TABLE will spend an hour farting with their phones, updating Fb, messaging their friends, and never say a word to each other.

What's the point of going out for a meal if you don't even make eye contact?

Now excuse me, something important is happening to my second cousin's friend he hasn't talked to in 5 years, and just friended on Fb..
 
2014-07-22 06:03:30 PM  

brap: Cyclometh: Hasn't this been debunked about six ways from Sunday? The origin of this story was an anonymous Craigslist post.

It's bullshiat, people.

I am dubious about everything I read on the interwebby but frankly, in this case, I don't care if it's fiction.

I am a big fan of the moral it is pushing.


I'm pretty much with you there. I WISH this was true so I'd have a concrete reason to smack people with their noses in their stupid phones all the time.
 
2014-07-22 06:11:07 PM  

Cyclometh: The original Craigslist rant:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/rnr/4562386373.html

Totally unsourced, no citations or any evidence.


Yep, and that was posted on fark too. Quite a few people scoffed at it on the thread (redlit) as I recall.
 
2014-07-22 06:22:15 PM  

markie_farkie: While the veracity of this article may be in question, it does bring up a valid point.  People sitting AT THE SAME FARKING TABLE will spend an hour farting with their phones, updating Fb, messaging their friends, and never say a word to each other.



I've heard a lot more people complain about this happening than I've ever seen it happen.  As in any number of times greater than zero.
 
2014-07-22 06:27:35 PM  

Cyclometh: brap: I just like watching he veins on your forehead pop out.

Well, I'm sure there's a club for your fetish somewhere

However, despite your snide backtracking, the point is that the whole thing is debunked garbage, but people keep shoveling it into their gaping media maws without even batting an eye, along with all the other lies they're fed day in and day out, and even go so far as to say that they prefer the lie that confirms their bias than the truth.

Credulous, cretinous fools.


There used to be this club in the West Village called Hell Hole that was a S&M... never mind
 
2014-07-22 06:48:08 PM  
This is completely made up.  Not to mention I'm pretty sure restaurants actually turn tables faster than ever now, trying to earn more money.  Dinner is not as long and relaxing as it used to be,
 
2014-07-22 06:51:39 PM  
The headline was missing the "FWD:FWD:FWD:" part of the chain letter.
 
2014-07-22 06:51:55 PM  

Via Infinito: Really? They didn't figure this out until they reviewed the old tape? I thought it was common knowledge that smartphones devour your soul.
I didn't even have a smartphone until last month and now I'm that scary lady who whips out her phone to show random strangers pictures of her cat.
I'm so very afraid.


Cripes, I have had to make myself leave my phone in a pocket or in my car to avoid it. There is nothing worse than having a pint with a friend who is asking for life advice and you find yourself texting other people and nodding. "Sure dude, totally, you should so do that..."
 
2014-07-22 06:52:22 PM  
I don't see much of this behavior when I'm out to eat. Sorry, but that read as total horse hockey.
 
2014-07-22 06:53:16 PM  
Just in a basic math sense you can tell the story is bull. If the service takes twice as long and the number of customers is about the same, they would've had to expand about twice their size. This sort of thing would be mentioned, I think.
 
2014-07-22 06:53:22 PM  
This had the potential to become a tipping thread. :/
 
2014-07-22 06:53:52 PM  

Cyclometh: And oh, mobile devices  make you rude, right?

They don't necessarily make people rude, but they make it easier for rude people to be rude.

Seriously, why in the farking world do people spend time and money to gather together only to ignore each other?
 
2014-07-22 06:54:20 PM  
26 out of 45 customers spend an average of 3 minutes taking photos of the food.

Author of the fiction masquerading as an article doesn't have a clear understanding of just how long 3 minutes actually is.

/same with the "half the tables asked the waiter to take a group picture that took, on average, 5 minutes."
 
2014-07-22 06:55:53 PM  

TheOnion: There is no way in hell this story is real (although i haven't personally seen anything specifically debunking it)


The story is most likely fake but I can say that my GF gives me the evil eye after I show my discomfort when she is "doing anything and everything else but looking at the menu to figure out what she wants."  Usually when the waiter comes back for the third time I say "I am ready." with emphasis on the "I." {evil eye}
 
2014-07-22 06:57:21 PM  
This thing has been floating around Facebook for weeks.

I've worked in restaurants for decades.

This is fake. It's simply NOT true.
 
2014-07-22 06:58:08 PM  
Attention people who photograph your food. The world hates you. Even your parents.
 
2014-07-22 06:58:19 PM  

markie_farkie: While the veracity of this article may be in question, it does bring up a valid point.  People sitting AT THE SAME FARKING TABLE will spend an hour farting with their phones, updating Fb, messaging their friends, and never say a word to each other.

What's the point of going out for a meal if you don't even make eye contact?

Now excuse me, something important is happening to my second cousin's friend he hasn't talked to in 5 years, and just friended on Fb..


We've been married long enough that we don't have to be in each others faces chatting about our pointless days over and over.  We read books.  We talk about our days for about 15 minutes-usually when we are both home, but before we go out.

At night or in our free times we will play some games on our computers together.  She will complain about me head shotting everything, I will complain about her meleeing and dying all the time.  We will have an absolute blast.  Other times we party with friends, and play cards against humanity.  At some point both of us will be tired of other human beings, and take a week off from interacting with them.

Welcome to 2014.  I look forward to the day the waitstaff get replaced by robots.  robots wont judge me and my wife.
 
2014-07-22 06:58:39 PM  
27 out of 45 asked for a group photo?

Smells like bullshiat.
 
2014-07-22 06:58:43 PM  

Cyclometh: Hasn't this been debunked about six ways from Sunday? The origin of this story was an anonymous Craigslist post.

It's bullshiat, people.


Aseop's fables aren't true either but you don't see people biatching about the lesson being taught
 
2014-07-22 07:01:59 PM  

big pig peaches: 27 out of 45 asked for a group photo?

Smells like bullshiat.


Yeah really. That number seems rather low.
 
2014-07-22 07:02:28 PM  
I hope zombies gnaw off the faces of all the people using phones excessively.
 
2014-07-22 07:03:42 PM  
I've had notably slow service exactly once in, say, ten years. It was a chicken and waffle house which served virtually nothing else but those items, yet we still had to wait 45 minutes for a table in a half full restaurant.  We had to remind our waiter to give our appetizers.  Very disorganized, but the restaurant was new.
 
2014-07-22 07:04:05 PM  

Cyclometh: The original Craigslist rant:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/rnr/4562386373.html

Totally unsourced, no citations or any evidence.


Expert testimony doesn't require a source, only Wikipedia does, and Wikipedia is notoriously incorrect.
 
2014-07-22 07:04:31 PM  
So basically we've reached a point in time in our society where the phones are smart and the people are idiots. Got it. Thanks for sharing.\
 
2014-07-22 07:05:34 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Cyclometh: Hasn't this been debunked about six ways from Sunday? The origin of this story was an anonymous Craigslist post.

It's bullshiat, people.

Aseop's fables aren't true either but you don't see people biatching about the lesson being taught


Aseop's fables don't pretend to be facts. Unless, of course, you believe a bunch of animals would actually gather to watch the a tortoise and a rabbit have a race.
 
2014-07-22 07:05:55 PM  
Cyclometh:

It's bullshiat, people.
 
2014-07-22 07:05:59 PM  

Cyclometh: Hasn't this been debunked about six ways from Sunday? The origin of this story was an anonymous Craigslist post.

It's bullshiat, people.


The story seems like bullshiat, but I feel like smartphones are destroying social interaction. Almost everyone I knows looks at their smart phone dozens of times while we hang out. I do it too. Dammit... I'm a hypocrite, but I still hate it. I wish it was socially unacceptable to look at your smartphone more than once when hanging out with friends.
 
2014-07-22 07:06:51 PM  
These aren't "foodies," Idiotmitter. Americans who sink enormous amounts of time into their phones, at the expense of everything actually happening around them, are known as "Americans."
 
2014-07-22 07:07:22 PM  

missmez: had to wait 45 minutes for a table in a half full restaurant.


you didn't have to, and you shouldn't have.
 
2014-07-22 07:07:27 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: Aseop's fables aren't true either but you don't see people biatching about the lesson being taught


They don't masquerade as the truth or try to teach lessons that don't actually need teaching.

Seriously, this "everyone in a restaurant is staring at a mobile phone" meme is really stupid, because it's simply not true.
 
2014-07-22 07:09:12 PM  

Cyclometh: Seriously, this "everyone in a restaurant is staring at a mobile phone" meme is really stupid, because it's simply not true.


Obviously you haven't been to a Dallas-area suburb recently.. :P
 
2014-07-22 07:09:54 PM  
This may be fake but it's true people are stupid with their phones.
 
2014-07-22 07:11:19 PM  
Yeah, bullshiat. The real problem is when you go out to eat and your dinner companions are obsessing with their phones. I just use charm to solve that problem, heh.
 
2014-07-22 07:11:33 PM  
This fictional story validates everything I thought was true!
 
2014-07-22 07:11:55 PM  

Cyclometh: brap: Cyclometh: Hasn't this been debunked about six ways from Sunday? The origin of this story was an anonymous Craigslist post.

It's bullshiat, people.

I am dubious about everything I read on the interwebby but frankly, in this case, I don't care if it's fiction.

I am a big fan of the moral it is pushing.


In other words, it's not true and the conclusions it points to not justified based on the arguments made, but you like it anyway, because... what? All the people who actually aren't doing the stupid shiat this article claims is happening are in some way offending you anyway?

It's like saying "you know, twenty years ago you didn't see so many speeders with red cars. Now there's a lot of people speeding in red cars. Boy, red cars suck, huh?"

People are no more or less rude now than they were ten or twenty years ago; this fixation on a certain behavior is just the flavor of the month. Rude people use cell phones rudely, so everyone who has a cell phone is rude. And oh, mobile devices  make you rude, right?

It's a pathetically stupid argument.

/someone accusing me of using a mobile device rudely in 3...


You sound defensive.
 
2014-07-22 07:12:15 PM  

markie_farkie: Cyclometh: Seriously, this "everyone in a restaurant is staring at a mobile phone" meme is really stupid, because it's simply not true.

Obviously you haven't been to a Dallas-area suburb recently.. :P


Or Brooklyn/Manhattan for that matter, where the story originated
 
2014-07-22 07:14:38 PM  
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