They’re probably just having a rough day. Or something.
I have to assure myself, with a somewhat logical reason, why some people seem to be acting like I’m their worst enemy. What did I do to them? I thought. Looking back, I don’t think I’ve ever had an issue with anyone giving me bad customer service. Oh, heck yeah, it always annoys the daylights out of me. However, I do not react. Ever. At least, not outwardly. And, especially, NOT in a restaurant situation. Oooh, that’s a no no!!!
Still and all, I had an interesting encounter with an older woman (think Church Lady from SNL), who served at an Italian restaurant in Atlanta. This was an experience I had years ago, while my then girlfriend and I were on a date, one night. For reasons I can only speculate, this lady seemed unhappy to do her job at that moment. Hopefully, it was just a bad timing. But for the most part, she was exceptionally rude and cranky. She talked over us while we were discussing what to order. She was rough-handed in setting the plates on our table. And you should’ve seen the look on her face. Priceless!
Despite all the creepiness, the one thing that kept me laughing to this day was, when she spotted us from a distance, sharing our food. Oh my! As if she had intended to find fault, and see us through our misery via her brand of punishment. She marched towards our table and spoke with an indignant tone in her voice.
“NO SHARING ALLOWED!” “But, isn’t it…” “I said, no sharing allowed!” “Well, how about…” “There’s a six dollar fee for sharing your food!” “Okay, fine but..” “Six dollars, do you want it?” YES! Already! Geez!
The thing of it is, that we were aware the food we ordered didn’t cost that much more than six bucks, anyway. We could’ve just ordered another plate, and it would’ve been more cost-effective. Yet, it was such a stupid situation, it just didn’t matter anymore. I wasn’t about to allow it to steal anymore time from my date than it already had, at that point. So, we just laughed it off, and had a burger somewhere, later that night.
Anyhow, I was going through some Mitchell and Webb skits on Youtube last night and I happened upon this particular bit, called Bad Waiter. It instantly reminded me of my own experience that night. Now, this skit may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s really not that much further from the real story. It’s so funny, it’s not even funny. If that makes any sense.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.