I'd like to post a sort of "open letter" to restaurant, bar, and similar establishment owners regarding inattentive staff. Specifically the use of cellphones and computers. You see, maybe I'm crazy or ignorant or both, but when I walk into a place that appears to be a bar or a restaurant or the like and the person standing by the podium is busy with a cellphone, my initial reaction is that they're taking reservations or something. Okay. I get that. But when I hear bits of conversation about the afternoon on the jet ski and the hangover this morning and the la-de-da-da, well, I get a little suspicious. Along the same lines, when I'm at the bar and the bartender can't be bothered to look up from his Facebook or something ever so important that making my drink for cash money is really an afterthought, then you'll forgive me for walking out.
Yeah, I know this happens everywhere these days, but I'm in Aruba now, so the letter is to those of you in management in Aruba. Wrangle the situation or lose my business and find the reviews here and elsewhere about this issue. I'm a customer, which means I'm paying. I understand the relationship and don't mind paying and even TIPPING when someone treats me well in the interest of good cheer and positive reinforcement. On the other hand, your part of the relationship that earns the money is showing how much you care. Fair enough? I hope so. A word to the wise should be sufficient.
Of course, my apologies to those places performing exceptionally all these years. You know you're the best, which is why you're still there and doing well.