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submitted by one of our chatroom regulars, Sandhawk:
1. If you insist that your children say “please” and “thank you” to the
server, do the same yourself. Children learn by example.
2. If your server asks you, “Will that be a large or a small?” Don’t say
“medium”…it makes her want to reach over and just shake you.
3. Don’t put your feet up on the furniture. You’re a “guest” and should
behave as such. You wouldn’t do that when visiting at someone’s home so
don’t do it in a restaurant. It damages the furniture and it’s rude.
4. Don’t blow your nose at your table and leave the napkins for the server.
I’m sure the customers close by don’t appreciate it and the server certainly
5. If you say something in jest like, “Well, there goes your tip.” Expect an
answer such as, “Well, I didn’t need that nickel anyway.”
6. If the server comes to your table and asks if you want coffee, or some
such beverage, don’t go into a long drawn out explanation about why you
can’t have coffee and what the doctor said. Sorry, but the server doesn’t
know you and doesn’t really give a hoot about your latest diagnosis. She’s
there for a beverage order and probably does not have time to chat.
7. When the server comes to your table after the order is served to see if
everything is alright, tell her if something is wrong. Don’t wait until you
get up to the cash register and complain to the cashier when odds are your
server could have corrected it if you had just told her. (personally, I
skipped “Mind Reading 101”)
8. If you tell the server that you are ready to order don’t make her stand
around while you try and coax and order out of a two year old. Order for
them…you know what they’ll eat. At that age they don’t need to learn how to
order in a restaurant.
9. If you bring your children into a restaurant, keep them with you. It’s
dangerous to let them roam around on their own. It’s also very annoying to
have them pestering the other guests.
10. If you are at an “all you can eat” buffet, or ordering a beverage that
has free refills…it is ALL ONE PERSON CAN EAT OR DRINK. It is not meant for
you to share.
11. Cell phones – I wanted to include them but just wasn’t sure which
annoying aspect to cover. Alright, here goes. If you are in a restaurant and
find it necessary to talk on your cell phone, please don’t speak so loudly
that it disturbs everyone around you. If your connection is so bad that you
feel the need to raise your voice…hang up and try another connection…or go
12. Pay close attention – If you say, “I would like to substitute bacon for
sausage”…you have ordered bacon. If you say, “I would like to substitute
bacon with sausage…you have ordered sausage. One simple word changes the
13. Finally...you do NOT like your eggs over easy. You like your eggs "over
medium". Please don't say, "I don't want snotty eggs." UGH