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To the “Socially Elite” of Orange County: I know I’m working at a cool local spot, and you’re all far too hip for basic pleasantries. BUT might I suggest you take the time to be polite to those who are about to prepare your food. First off, when I greet you with “Hey, guys, how’s it going today?” please don’t respond with a blank stare. Second, GET OFF YOUR PHONE! I’m sure the person on the other end of your call is vital to you ordering your Diet Coke and low-cal wrap, but I have no intention of helping you with your pain-in-the-ass, time-consuming order if you cannot in turn give me your full attention. (I understand it’s hard to maintain a 45-second conversation NOT about you, but let’s try!) I love my job, but you folks are the all-encompassing black hole that devours the joy I have for it.

 
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Inventor
Inventor

I think that when we greet we should do as dogs do and smell each other's ass. That may give the restaurant a heads up on what we have been eating recently and maybe an idea for some new flavor / spices.

Eleni Koures
Eleni Koures

You guys wouldn't last in Greece with that attitude. They talk on the telephone even in movie theaters when the friggin movie is playing.

How would you like to order food at the restaurant and have the server yapping on the phone. YEP, it happens in Greece.

I wish an army of you Orange County people could come to Greece and teach them some manners here because I'm losing my sanity with all these blah-blah types.

Madam Shlotterbeck-Winston
Madam Shlotterbeck-Winston

When engaging in a meal at a local establishment Charles and I always call ahead and give instructions to the proprietor what the server can and cannot say to us. Useless dribble by such a person as a food "lugger" ruins the ambiance for me and interferes with my ability to taste the flavors and indulge in the passion. Instructions are also given that if a phone were to ring then the maitre' d should be notified and said offender removed from the eatery until we finish. It's traumatic enough trying to enjoy meals prepared with such lack of basic cooking skills but to be disturbed by the peasantry during the process is...well. just appalling.

Dreambones
Dreambones

The blank stare may have been due to the "hey guys, how's it going today?" comment; I find it a meaningless "pleasantry" when I hear it. It's probably well-intended, but I would rather live without it from anyone I don't know. Why not just say "welcome to [local cool spot], we hope you enjoy your meal" and give your name?

Continuing to talk on a cell phone, if you can tell from the context of the call [what you are hearing] that it is not a doctor, parent or someone else dealing with an emergency or something urgent, is definitely rude.

Dry ICE T.
Dry ICE T.

It's just one more way for the MAN to keep us down!!

Doctor phone call
Doctor phone call

What if it's a surgeon stepping out for a lunch quickly and needs to keep his phone on in case of an emergency, and then he just happens to get that call in mid order? Sure, If it was me, I'd immediately step out and finish the call but if I had only a minute or two to get the order and leave, maybe I would finiish the call then complete the order.

What do you all think in this situation? Would you cut the doctor some slack or still the same answer?

RPinSA
RPinSA

One must admit that's a very obscure scenario. I would think a surgeon or any other professional would profusely apologize to the server for the interruption. The issue is that there are rude people who think their convenience is the most important thing on the planet.Unfortunately, they continue this narcissistic behavior because the rest of us roll our eyes and ignore them.

John the Baptist
John the Baptist

The chances of that happening are VERY slim in my opinion. Cell phones are the most annoying intrusive invasive items EVER invented. Sure they have their place but soooo...many users have zero consideration for those around them. Signs everywhere to remind people to turn them off or silence them. Life was better without them.

Doctor phone call
Doctor phone call

Ok, I hear you John, but I still think that cell phones are the greatest thing since sliced bread. I feel a bit safer knowing I can go places and if a medical emergency occurs that I can dial 911 right from my cell phone as opposed to searching for a pay phone (in bad areas sometimes etc). Imagine the old days coming back from a Laker game and having a car break down and then searching the area for a pay phone. Now, just call..

But, that being said, some people are rude with their phones, so maybe you could do what I've done. Just talk louder than they are right near them with your friend(s). One time I guy told me he couldn't hear his conversation, and I said too bad as I'm talking to my friend as well and he should go elsewhere if he can't hear.

John the baptist
John the baptist

ANYONE who is actually doing their job, weather it be the drive through window or dog server at PCH dogs on Chapman (my absolute favorite hot dog) deserves and receives my respect and smile regardless. Note" I can be an arrogant asshole to rude people and usually am. Get the Fuck off your phone when you are in a restaurant butt wipe. And tip well when it is appropriate, you can afford to pay each month so you can surf the web at any given point on the planet like you are so important then throw a few bucks down on the table fuck face.

Bill T.
Bill T.

True enough, but I think lots of servers understand if someone can't afford to pay a huge tip. when I was younger I couldn't always but now I'm in a position to and do, if, as you say, warranted (and a bit more).

slays me when the jerks get all offended when you return their rudeness. "Thanks, " ", don't mention it, oh, you didn't, never mind."

OCtotheHeart
OCtotheHeart

"First off, when I greet you with “Hey, guys, how’s it going today?” please don’t respond with a blank stare."

I see this happen way too often...I try my very best to be considerate to those who serve/cook/handle food served to my family and I. They are just doing their job - why not be nice and make it worth their while? And hell, ever see "Waiting"? Yeah. Be nice...LOL

Bill T.
Bill T.

I'm never cease to be surprised by the number of folks who can't climb out of their self-absorbed hole to show even a minimum of courtesy.

You can bet they have no clue how hard the folks are working to try to take care of them.

 
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