10 Reasons Why Your Waiter Is Judging You

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10. You ask for drinks without ice.

Unless you have an awful toothache or other predisposition against cold beverages, a waiter will take this as you being cheap, trying to get more bang for your beverage-buck by leaving the ice out. Oh, you want your cocktail without ice, or with "just a tiny bit of ice?" That's cool, the barkeep will be happy to pour the same six-count of vodka he'd normally pour, top it off with tonic and a lime, and watch you enjoy a tepid, weak-tasting drink. Whatever you like, but gross.

Here's some cold hard truth: Your waiter is judging you. And it's not because you scanned our restaurant's list of preachy, precious dishes made with esoteric (but local!) ingredients and then asked what celeriac or chimicurri are. Waiters don't care about that. Answering questions like that is their job. No, it's not about what you know, it's about how you act, and your waiter is surveying you to determine whether you're a badly behaved diner. How do they know? Presenting the 10 most obvious signs. By Hannah Palmer Egan. Follow her! @FindThatHannah

All illustrations by Kevin Cannon, cartoonist

See also:
5 Drink Orders That Let Everyone Know You're an Asshole
The 10 Worst People in NYC Restaurants

Published on September 16, 2013

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frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

another item that does NOT relate here to SO FLA because waiters / cooks do not even pretend to care about HOW you like meat prepared = it all comes the same medium - well = period

i OFTEN indicate to the server "why did you ask 'how do you want that cooked' when you bring it the same all the time anyhow no matter what i say ?"

here is a game - ask for toast BURNT - and see how many times it actually comes that way

i happen to like bread really burnt but i can never get it toasted like i want it but i always ask for it that way - and believe it or not,  most times it comes not even toasted ? ! ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

this wasn't written for MOST restaurants here in SO FLA because the "chef" is typically a seasoned jail house greasy spoon cook with NO formal experience or education specific to cooking = period

mamiekneely
mamiekneely

my roomate's mother makes $69 hourly on the computer. She has been without work for five months but last month her check was $18000 just working on the computer for a few hours. try here DOMAIN.c

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