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    "stop doing this at restaurants"

    http://www.fashionbeans.com/content/...fbss-2521-demo

    although not specific with location, this goes for aruba, your home town or pretty much anywhere else on the planet.


    some very good tips.
    i am sure that we are not idiots and do not need these reminders, but it is still good thing to read.

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    Interesting. I'd like to see a comparable article directed at the service staff:

    Write the order down! You're not impressing anyone with your memory capability - especially your lack thereof.

    "Don't linger"...? Uh, you would be shot in a lot of countries for rushing people out. I suspect these comments were made by North American servers.

    "Have your payment ready"... Okay: can you guarantee patrons that the bill will be 100% correct, 100% of the time? No? Then drop the bill on the table and let the patrons review it - your "time" is just as valuable as my cash.

    And who won't give their name?!?

    "Skip the small talk." Completely agree - let's get down to business. We have a friend that flirts with waitresses to the point of embarrassment (he did this in Aruba a number of times).

    If you've not visited or swung by a table for more than fifteen minutes, leave the profession.

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    Nice tips! I have one habit which is staking the plates for the waiter the small plate for lets say bread on top of large plate or entry tray. I will leave it alone from now on. I don't agree with handing them your credit card when you get the check. I used to do this a lot and not review check and then after they swiped my credit card I would find out they overcharged me for a drink or had an item I did not order. Better to review the bill first to make sure everything is in order, is tip included etc.

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    I do need a few moments to review the check.... and DW can't help but stack dishes.....

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    love it steven!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Interesting. I'd like to see a comparable article directed at the service staff:

    Write the order down! You're not impressing anyone with your memory capability - especially your lack thereof.

    "Don't linger"...? Uh, you would be shot in a lot of countries for rushing people out. I suspect these comments were made by North American servers.

    "Have your payment ready"... Okay: can you guarantee patrons that the bill will be 100% correct, 100% of the time? No? Then drop the bill on the table and let the patrons review it - your "time" is just as valuable as my cash.

    And who won't give their name?!?

    "Skip the small talk." Completely agree - let's get down to business. We have a friend that flirts with waitresses to the point of embarrassment (he did this in Aruba a number of times).

    If you've not visited or swung by a table for more than fifteen minutes, leave the profession.

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    I am definitely a dish stacker. I don't see that ever changing. Partially I do it to be helpful but the other part of me just doesn't like dirty dishes left in front of me while I finish my tea!

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    I'm with you Pegmeister. We always stack the dishes, mainly to get them out of our way so we have more room in front of us especially if you're sitting at a small table.
    Aruba Trip #9....March 2019....

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    You can always review your bill before you sign the slip.

    I am often in restaurants with (usually women) who feel obligated to help the server by collecting the dishes and silverware and stacking them. I find that VERY annoying but my requests to leave the cleanup to the people who get paid to do it go unheard.

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    I'll add one for both servers and customers; stay off your phone!!

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    I too am not impressed by wait staff that takes our order by memory.

    And, I hate the small talk when the hostess is escorting you to your table. It can be awkward. "Have you been here before?" "Are you celebrating anything special tonight?" "What brings you in today?" I'd like to say, "It's none of your business if I've been here before. Do I need a celebration reason to eat at your establishment? And what brought me here is that I'm really hungry and thirsty. Getting seated without all the chit-chat will get me my food, and most importantly, my drink sooner. Please and thank-you."

    I'm really not crabby, unless I'm hungry










    Hoping for a 30th anniversary trip to our favorite place.

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