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(NPR)   Your waiter wants you to know that your habit of using your cellphone while he's trying to take your order is almost as annoying as the fact that you're a cheapskate who tips under twenty percent   (npr.org) divider line 261
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2014-08-08 08:05:56 PM  
Oooooh, uppity wait staff vs assholes with their noses buried in their phones constantly. This thread should be good.
 
2014-08-08 08:56:03 PM  
Is this about that moronic story about the restaurant that found out that its service times have gone up because of people and cell phones or some stupid made up sh*t?
 
2014-08-08 09:44:55 PM  
When I wait tables, I ignore people on their phones. If you put it down, I will return to take your order. I won't approach your table until you are done, though.
 
2014-08-08 09:45:08 PM  

Shostie: Is this about that moronic story about the restaurant that found out that its service times have gone up because of people and cell phones or some stupid made up sh*t?


Yeah, the original set off my BS detectors. To this article's feeble credit, it embellishes the (fake) Craigslist post with a few quotes from other people.
 
2014-08-08 09:46:18 PM  

fusillade762: Oooooh, uppity wait staff


Do you know why so many servers seem "uppity?" It's cause we have to deal with the moronic public all day. You'd seem uppity too.
 
2014-08-08 09:55:13 PM  
And so it begins...
 
2014-08-08 09:59:28 PM  

Confabulat: fusillade762: Oooooh, uppity wait staff

Do you know why so many servers seem "uppity?" It's cause we have to deal with the moronic public all day. You'd seem uppity too.


Sorry. I should have put that phrase in quotes.
 
2014-08-08 11:48:08 PM  

Confabulat: When I wait tables, I ignore people on their phones. If you put it down, I will return to take your order. I won't approach your table until you are done, though.


sounds completely rational ...
Why would you interrupt someone who is in the middle of a critically important phone call?
Why else would you be on the phone, talking, while at a restaurant ?

seriously, people on phones are ridiculous these days

/yes I am old
 
2014-08-08 11:57:27 PM  
I work fast food, and if you're on your phone by the time you reach me I'll pass over you and call the next person. When you deign to finish your call and give me your attention, I will loudly say, "Oh, you're finally ready to order!"

/you always sheepishly apologize
 
2014-08-09 12:00:39 AM  
20%?  hmmm questionable

and get the fark off your phones.  it ain't that hard to unplug for 30-60 minutes.  you can call it mindful eating if it makes you feel better.  or at least a chance to talk to those you're sharing a meal with.
 
2014-08-09 12:01:46 AM  
I am a tech manager at a manager cell telco.

I get calls escalated to me while people are on the shiatter, in a bar, at a restaurant, when they need to be paying attention to what I am saying or what one of my reps was saying before it gets to me.

Today I got a call from a broad who was dropping a deuce who would not believe one of my guys that Fiji was not a part of the US.
 
2014-08-09 12:02:43 AM  

Confabulat: fusillade762: Oooooh, uppity wait staff

Do you know why so many servers seem "uppity?" It's cause we have to deal with the moronic public all day. You'd seem uppity too.


Many people have to deal with the public all day long. Get over yourself and hide your disdain like all the good servers do.
 
2014-08-09 12:02:57 AM  
Put down your farking phone. It's called common courtesy.
 
2014-08-09 12:03:33 AM  
The business of your wages is between your employer and yourself, leave me out of it.  What happens between me and my phone is my business, you stay out of it. If you were farkall good at your job, maybe you would know when it is appropriate to approach the table.
 
2014-08-09 12:04:32 AM  
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2014-08-09 12:04:39 AM  

Confabulat: fusillade762: Oooooh, uppity wait staff

Do you know why so many servers seem "uppity?" It's cause we have to deal with the moronic public all day. You'd seem uppity too.


No they really don't. It's called finding a different job.
 
2014-08-09 12:07:01 AM  

Yogimus: The business of your wages is between your employer and yourself, leave me out of it.  What happens between me and my phone is my business, you stay out of it. If you were farkall good at your job, maybe you would know when it is appropriate to approach the table.


Oh look, it's the "me, me, me" person.
 
2014-08-09 12:08:00 AM  

namatad: seriously, people on phones are ridiculous these days


It's unbelievable. You see whole families at a restaurant on their phones. And I'm sure they're doing something important like "Liking" that their BFF just got off the subway or something. Heaven fobid they should actually converse and be social instead of constantly checking on their "social" networks, which are anything but.
 
2014-08-09 12:08:45 AM  
I'm not here to have a dialogue with you. Take my order and pour my coffee.
 
2014-08-09 12:09:04 AM  
this will all get fixed -- waitstaff will learn they are here to serve and that cell phones are just another part of the universe they have to deal with, along with asshole managers, chefs with an attitude and their spouses who want them to quit calling themselves actors and get a real job.

Patrons will also become more and more aware of their surroundings as attempts by restauranteurs to help them remember to put their phones away become more common.

There will be an App that reminds you when you check-in to a restaurant to not use your phone and lock you out of your phone (except to take the food picture).

But we also know that restaurants will support some activity even including battery chargers at the table -- as soon as that seems like a winning proposition.
 
2014-08-09 12:09:39 AM  

oh_please: Yogimus: The business of your wages is between your employer and yourself, leave me out of it.  What happens between me and my phone is my business, you stay out of it. If you were farkall good at your job, maybe you would know when it is appropriate to approach the table.

Oh look, it's the "me, me, me" person.


Just because I am not "You You You", doesn't mean I am "Me Me Me". I swear, letting unskilled labor do waitring in this country has set the bar so low, that I am amazed when they bring out appetizers before the entree. AND they demand recognition.
 
2014-08-09 12:09:54 AM  

Confabulat: fusillade762: Oooooh, uppity wait staff

Do you know why so many servers seem "uppity?" It's cause we have to deal with the moronic public all day. You'd seem uppity too.


So get a real job, should have paid attention in math class biatches.
 
2014-08-09 12:12:22 AM  

ReverendJynxed: I'm not here to have a dialogue with you. Take my order and pour my coffee.


You...I would like to buy you a beer.
 
2014-08-09 12:12:27 AM  
And if a waiter very politely asks for someone to turn off their phone, the customer will look at them with that outraged, contemptuous look of "how DARE you think you're human enough to ask things of me."

/If I were a restaurant owner, I would make sure it had no cell reception and no wi-fi whatsoever so people would actually farking spend time interacting with each other for once.
 
2014-08-09 12:14:13 AM  
Serve the farking food and STFU.
 
2014-08-09 12:14:52 AM  

bluejeansonfire: And if a waiter very politely asks for someone to turn off their phone, the customer will look at them with that outraged, contemptuous look of "how DARE you think you're human enough to ask things of me."

/If I were a restaurant owner, I would make sure it had no cell reception and no wi-fi whatsoever so people would actually farking spend time interacting with each other for once.


I am sorry, is my cellphone distracting you from remembering to bring me water? Am I not answering your "How's your food" questions fast enough? Suck it up. YOU DO NOT MATTER to a single one of your customers.
 
2014-08-09 12:16:06 AM  

Yogimus: oh_please: Yogimus: The business of your wages is between your employer and yourself, leave me out of it.  What happens between me and my phone is my business, you stay out of it. If you were farkall good at your job, maybe you would know when it is appropriate to approach the table.

Oh look, it's the "me, me, me" person.

Just because I am not "You You You", doesn't mean I am "Me Me Me". I swear, letting unskilled labor do waitring in this country has set the bar so low, that I am amazed when they bring out appetizers before the entree. AND they demand recognition.


Common courtesy works both ways, and because someone waiting tables might be "unskilled" labor to you, there are just someone trying to do their job.

You yacking on the phone causes them to spend more time trying to take your order when they could be giving service to other customers, so because of your self importance you are the one actually being the jerk.

Whether you are a lawyer, doctor, waiter, or shoe shine guy, everyone deserves equal respect.

I worked for a large insurance brokerage that loved hiring former waiters and bartenders because they had the patience to deal with any kind of douchebag with a smile, but the firm also trained them to dismiss severe douchebags because their business was not going to be a good fit in the long run.
 
2014-08-09 12:16:57 AM  

fusillade762: Oooooh, uppity wait staff vs assholes with their noses buried in their phones constantly. This thread should be good.


No matter who wins, we win.

ReverendJynxed: I'm not here to have a dialogue with you. Take my order and pour my coffee.


This also goes for barbers.

/well, if by "pour my coffee" I mean "cut my hair"
/just shut up and dance, monkey boy
/also applies to dentists and my working on my teeth
 
2014-08-09 12:17:00 AM  
I frequent a couple of places where a sign reads, do not approach the counter if you are on your cell phone.

It's common courtesy but some people were born in a barn.
 
2014-08-09 12:17:02 AM  

bluejeansonfire: And if a waiter very politely asks for someone to turn off their phone, the customer will look at them with that outraged, contemptuous look of "how DARE you think you're human enough to ask things of me."

/If I were a restaurant owner, I would make sure it had no cell reception and no wi-fi whatsoever so people would actually farking spend time interacting with each other for once.


Been done.  It's called the "Faraday Cafe".
 
2014-08-09 12:17:48 AM  
I want my waiter to go after the people who use the flashlight on their damn phone to look at the menu, while blinding the rest of the patrons in the process.

/That action alone would make me want to tip 30% right off the bat.
 
2014-08-09 12:18:52 AM  
I always try to treat wait staff with respect because I've been there and it sucks.  That said, whatever shiat you dealt with before you came in is your shiat, not mine.  I'm not your therapist and I'm not your punching bag and I don't want you treating me like shiat just because the customer before me treated you like shiat.  Treat me like I'm your first customer of the day and I'll treat you like a human being.  I think that's a fair trade off.
 
2014-08-09 12:19:22 AM  

theflatline: Yogimus: oh_please: Yogimus: The business of your wages is between your employer and yourself, leave me out of it.  What happens between me and my phone is my business, you stay out of it. If you were farkall good at your job, maybe you would know when it is appropriate to approach the table.

Oh look, it's the "me, me, me" person.

Just because I am not "You You You", doesn't mean I am "Me Me Me". I swear, letting unskilled labor do waitring in this country has set the bar so low, that I am amazed when they bring out appetizers before the entree. AND they demand recognition.

Common courtesy works both ways, and because someone waiting tables might be "unskilled" labor to you, there are just someone trying to do their job.

You yacking on the phone causes them to spend more time trying to take your order when they could be giving service to other customers, so because of your self importance you are the one actually being the jerk.

Whether you are a lawyer, doctor, waiter, or shoe shine guy, everyone deserves equal respect.

I worked for a large insurance brokerage that loved hiring former waiters and bartenders because they had the patience to deal with any kind of douchebag with a smile, but the firm also trained them to dismiss severe douchebags because their business was not going to be a good fit in the long run.


I suppose no one ever told you that interrupting phone calls is disrespectful? Just maybe he isn't ready to give his order yet.
 
2014-08-09 12:20:06 AM  

Confabulat: fusillade762: Oooooh, uppity wait staff

Do you know why so many servers seem "uppity?" It's cause we have to deal with the moronic public all day. You'd seem uppity too.


I'm not here to be your friend, you are here to fetch my food and or drink.
 
2014-08-09 12:20:18 AM  
My waiter can take a flying fark at a rolling donut, how about that.

This kind of shiat is why I am learning to cook at home.

Thanks assholes!
 
2014-08-09 12:20:53 AM  
20%? In some state where the minimum wage for servers is less than the rest of the state minimum wage maybe. In my state the server is lucky to get 10% from me unless I get exceptional service. They already make the states minimum wage. The tip is just for good service and not to pad their wages up to the minimum wage that other people get.

\California
 
2014-08-09 12:21:01 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: This also goes for barbers.


cineplex.media.baselineresearch.com
 
2014-08-09 12:21:22 AM  
If it bothered you that much, then why the hell are you giving me free wi-fi?

/FYI before cellphones, people read the newspaper or a book when at a restaurant, this isn't really anything new folks
 
2014-08-09 12:22:12 AM  

some_beer_drinker:


Isn't this a repeat from a couple of weeks ago? Or, new waiter?
 
2014-08-09 12:23:11 AM  

bluejeansonfire: And if a waiter very politely asks for someone to turn off their phone, the customer will look at them with that outraged, contemptuous look of "how DARE you think you're human enough to ask things of me."

/If I were a restaurant owner, I would make sure it had no cell reception and no wi-fi whatsoever so people would actually farking spend time interacting with each other for once.


it's called a federal violation of the FCC rules and regulations,
http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/jammer-enforcement

unless you restaurant is on the ass end of nowhere where there is no cell reception anyway,
 
2014-08-09 12:23:20 AM  

WeenerGord: My waiter can take a flying fark at a rolling donut, how about that.

This kind of shiat is why I am learning to cook at home.

Thanks assholes!


What could go wrong?
cdn-media.hollywood.com
 
2014-08-09 12:23:37 AM  
 
2014-08-09 12:25:02 AM  

Yogimus: theflatline: Yogimus: oh_please: Yogimus: The business of your wages is between your employer and yourself, leave me out of it.  What happens between me and my phone is my business, you stay out of it. If you were farkall good at your job, maybe you would know when it is appropriate to approach the table.

Oh look, it's the "me, me, me" person.

Just because I am not "You You You", doesn't mean I am "Me Me Me". I swear, letting unskilled labor do waitring in this country has set the bar so low, that I am amazed when they bring out appetizers before the entree. AND they demand recognition.

Common courtesy works both ways, and because someone waiting tables might be "unskilled" labor to you, there are just someone trying to do their job.

You yacking on the phone causes them to spend more time trying to take your order when they could be giving service to other customers, so because of your self importance you are the one actually being the jerk.

Whether you are a lawyer, doctor, waiter, or shoe shine guy, everyone deserves equal respect.

I worked for a large insurance brokerage that loved hiring former waiters and bartenders because they had the patience to deal with any kind of douchebag with a smile, but the firm also trained them to dismiss severe douchebags because their business was not going to be a good fit in the long run.

I suppose no one ever told you that interrupting phone calls is disrespectful? Just maybe he isn't ready to give his order yet.


If  you come into a restuarant and have a 20 minute conversation and then say "we have been here 20 minutes and we have not been waiting on" then the problem is on your shoulders.  Because despite what you might think you are not the center of the universe for someone who has 6 tables to treat equally.

Someone who walks into a restaurant and is seated but continues to talk on the phone but holds a finger up ever time the waiter is approached, is much ruder than someone trying to take an order in a timely manner.

Also, someone talking on a cell phone in a restaurant is ruining everyone else's dining experience. I guess no one ever told you that was rude?  People are there to eat not hear you on the phone.

You want to talk on your phone in a restaurant, take it to Applebees, where your manners are more suited.
 
2014-08-09 12:27:01 AM  

mikemil828: If it bothered you that much, then why the hell are you giving me free wi-fi?

/FYI before cellphones, people read the newspaper or a book when at a restaurant, this isn't really anything new folks


No one had to hear you read your book or newspaper, and you could put it down and place your order.  Same thing with web browsing.
 
2014-08-09 12:28:07 AM  
Just think how much more fun Google Glass will make restaurants.
 
2014-08-09 12:28:59 AM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: WeenerGord: My waiter can take a flying fark at a rolling donut, how about that.

This kind of shiat is why I am learning to cook at home.

Thanks assholes!

What could go wrong?
[cdn-media.hollywood.com image 620x275]



Don't know what that's from and don't care, they can take a flying fark too. At you.
 
2014-08-09 12:29:49 AM  
Holy shiat, six whole tables? You gotta bust out both hands to count that high!

/no, I don't talk on the phone in restaurants. I do, however, read my news on a digital device
//so stfu, pour me my drink, and get the fark away from my table
 
2014-08-09 12:32:17 AM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Just think how much more fun Google Glass will make restaurants.


Every time I see someone wearing those things I stop and look a bit longer. Just because it's unusual.

And every time I do, I get some snarky, superior grin back from the wearer, like they actually think I'm admiring them. No, I think you're about as cool as the dude with the Bluetooth receiver stuck in his ear at the grocery store.
 
2014-08-09 12:33:06 AM  

Yogimus: Holy shiat, six whole tables? You gotta bust out both hands to count that high!

/no, I don't talk on the phone in restaurants. I do, however, read my news on a digital device
//so stfu, pour me my drink, and get the fark away from my table


But all of your previous posts you certainly acted like your did.  Move the goalposts much?
 
2014-08-09 12:34:42 AM  

Confabulat: When I wait tables, I ignore people on their phones. If you put it down, I will return to take your order. I won't approach your table until you are done, though.


and if you did that shiat to me you would be lucky to get a tip. THe job is to serve food/drinks, not give a crap what the person is doing.

If you were at my table I would show you the same courtesy. Glass empty and your on the phone? Silently I will ask if you need another...

/don't complain about the 5% you get
 
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