The following occurred tonight at work.
A four top was sat. Ordered. The food arrived. They ate.
The server seeing that the woman was finished with her dinner, approached the table and tried to clear the her plate. At which point the women completely lost her shit because her plate was being cleared before everyone at the table was finished. She then began to yell at the server because it was very rude of her to take her plate when others at the table were still eating. At some point she she became completely indignant (my new favorite word) and demanded to see a manager. When he arrived, she began again.
By the time I heard all of this the server was almost crying in the wait station, because of course, the manager didn’t take her side. He let the guest be right. At some point I guess our new “English” manager explained that this was an English custom that some people were very strict about.
And my comment.
This is not fine dining. It’s not even close. You are eating a hamburger with french fries using a fucking paper napkin. The mayonnaise you were given is in a plastic ramekin, and you are quirting ketchup directly from the bottle. When you order tea, it’s Lipton, and the mug isn’t even on a saucer. And if I’m your server you don’t even get a spoon. You get a little cocktail straw. Hmmm. The server was being rude.
You want to know what’s rude. Going to another country and then proceeding to demand that your customs be followed. Fuck you. Fuck you. Fuck you. If I’d been your waiter I’d have laughed at you. I might have gotten fired but I probably would have told you that you were being rude. Seriously. You don’t get to be indignant over a 13 dollar cheeseburger. You want fine dining go find fine dining. You want “proper” service, don’t go to high volume restaurant where the server’s job is to get you in and out in as little time as possible. Don’t go to a restaurant where the other 99% of the people want their plates cleared as soon as they finished. The next time you need “proper” service call up your fucking queen and see if she’s available for dinner. Even better stay home and cook yourself and you won’t have to deal with this at all.
And it’s really rude.
To yell and berate someone in public.
In the big scheme of things on the rudeness scale.
Clearing your plate early. 1.
Yelling at a server. 99