Comments: The Sunflower Festival

Nothing like trial by fire.

It would appear you are made of steel.

; )

posted by Chrissy on June 10, 2005 03:53 PM

Thrown to the wolves, and lived to tell the tale! I've never worked in a table service type place, only in fast-food (in college) - way different.
I am with you, Key -- I tip well for good service, and add on for great service with a pleasant attitude. The really special wait people are the ones who don't intrude, but are cheery and responsive when you talk / joke with them. They are gems, and I reward them well!

posted by Barb on June 11, 2005 11:24 AM

You know you've tipped right when their brow furrows and they try to give some back, thinking you made a mistake.

I had a girlfriend once who managed a country club. Her cook up and quit on her one day and she drafted me, in a panic. I had never done anything but my own cooking before, but she said she'd coach me, so I agreed.

I ended up with rich old men coming back into the kitchen, looking for the cook, and stuffing $20's into my apron pocket, telling me it was the best they ever had and I made them look good in front of their family/friends.

I had a blast, she kept me drunk, and business picked up like never before. Then I broke up with her and quit, but it was all fun while it lasted.

posted by Bane on June 11, 2005 01:04 PM

Everyone should be forced to wait tables for AT LEAST one day, if not a week. I have been in the short-order business for 18 years, and most of the folks that work for me bust their asses for a pittance.

posted by Richard on June 11, 2005 09:54 PM

I feel unworthy - your page looks and feels amazing, your prose is simply beautiful, and your attitude (even during a shit storm) is admirable. I love you more and more everyday.

Now update!

posted by Ophelia on June 13, 2005 02:11 PM

Similar experience here. I was in USAF, but was a part time pizza delivery guy to pick up a little extra money, stationed in Denver in the late 60s. It was a slow delivery night, but the waitress had called in sick and there was a mob of dine-in customers for some reason. I was asked to help wait tables, first time ever I'd done that. Wow! I had new respect for waiters and waitresses after that experience.

I never "stiffed" a waitress again, after that. In fact, I probably tip a little too much.

posted by GunTrash on June 13, 2005 09:48 PM

I hardly tip, unless my wife hits me or some shit. What I mean to say is . . . Mr. Pink: "I don't tip cause society says so . . . I tip if someone does a great job" or are forced to work for less than minium wage."I worked for minium wage," however,"And when I did, I wasn't lucky enough to have a job that society deemed worthy enough to be 'tipped.'" I stand by that completely. I worked as a Assistant Manager once in a business that isn't allowed tips by law and was making 5.15 an hour with all the responsibilies of a manager.
. . . Then again, I'm an asshole.

posted by A Clockwork Orange Happier on June 14, 2005 02:21 PM
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