One hundred things restaurant staffers should never do!(Part 1)

November 2, 2009

Considering that I am a picky patron when it comes to restaurant service, I found this NY Times article very interesting. This article features part 1 (1-50) of things restaurant staffers should never do when serving diners. Most of these (not touching the rim of the glassware, not eating in front of diners, not interrupting diners) require just a teeny bit of forethought and a smidge of consideration for the person who will be paying the tip, which makes it disappointing that servers need training to do these things. Others are less obvious (do not remove an empty plate from guest while others are still eating), but are definite “no no’s” in the service industry.

Not to be too brutal, but I find that most servers these days are completely inept and inadequately trained. It’s as if they have no interest in being there and completely take the tip for granted. Some of the most common problems I’ve encountered have been server disappearance, inattentiveness, order mistakes, and not ensuring the table is clean before I’ve been seated. I’m sure there are more, but that’s all I can think of right now. Next time you are out to dinner, see how many of these rules your server breaks. It’s guaranteed evil fun! Muuuaahhahahaha! Stay tuned for part 2 (51-100) next week!

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