Do you find it rude when you're eating then...
December 2, 2008 1:55am CST
Recently I had lunch with my girlfriend's family at a restaurant. There were a lot of people in the restaurant and there are even some who were waiting just to be seated. Because there were a lot of customers who were waiting, the waiters were already cleaning up the tables even those where other customers are still eating. Although it is ok so that we could proceed to our next course, I didn't just feel comfortable because they were there standing behind our table and the moment they saw you empty your plate they will grab it and take it to the dishwashing area. They almost got my plate when I was about to take seconds of a meal because they thought that I wasn't done eating yet. So tell me do you find it rude when someone stands beside you waiting for your plate to be empty and take it away all of a sudden?
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2 Dec 08
Hi Magojordan, it's not only rude, it's simply terrible. I would have lost my appetite too, as I would be rushing through the meals. We have some foodstores here, where the customers are more aggressive than the waiters/waitresses. They would stand near your table waiting for you to finish; and it was so annoying! There was even a time when this man just plopped himself down on one of the empty chairs at our table, as we were finishing the last course. We were annoyed, but he was so thick-skinned - he just sat and waited!
3 Dec 08
it actually happened worse to us on either christmas or new year dinner at a pub the owner of this pub is an Indian his son for some reason had his friends in the pub trying to grab as many chairs and tables as he could, including the ones my husband and I and our friends sat on when we were eating I was told by husband and other people that this kid isn't a smart one so we should just ignore him but our friends didn't feel comfortable and so we didn't have a good dinner. If I were hubby I will tell his friends not to pay, to give the owner a lesson so he starts teaching his son some manners. Since then I never go to a pub. Hubby went there if his friends invited him for drink but if he goes with me, it will have to be somewhere I like which is certainly a decent restaurant or even a small buffet as long as there is nothing like some owner's family members trying to grab chairs or tables but then again, I can always not pay...
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
3 Dec 08
Hello, magojordan. I do find it pretty rude and uncomfortable. Eating is something that must be done with calm, in a relaxed way. Nobody must stay near. It is like if they were hurrying us, like if they were praying that we could finish soon. That is more than rude. That is unacceptable. I would never return to a place in which the waiters would do it. The idea is to wait until the customer gets out of the place, and then they should clean the tables and the dishes quickly. Just by emptying the tables, they would make room for another customer to sit. That would be enough. Respectfully, Munhozmib.
• United Arab Emirates
2 Dec 08
That is incredibly rude! You're paying to eat there and they make it blatantly obvious that they want you to scarf down the food as fast as you can so that they can make some more money by serving others? If you were purposely eating slow, that would be rude, however, when people go out, they prefer taking their time, no? They really had no excuse for what they did. If I were you, I would've told the manager that he should give his customers the appropriate amount of time to finish their meals and talk a bit, and, perhaps, wait until they say their done before getting the waiters to steal their plates.
2 Dec 08
I think that is very rude. Customers like us have the right to take our time to enjoy our meal, we don't scoop and swallow. Of course, we also have to be considerate to the ones who are waiting but its not like you are intentionally eating slowly. Besides, the waiter should first ask if they would be allowed to touch your plate before they actually take it. I certainly would have ask for a comment slip or look for the manager just to call his attention regarding this matter. If i will not be able to enjoy my food in their restaurant, then what's the point going there in the first place.
5 Dec 08
Definitely. My friends and I had experienced the same kind of thing, but one of my friends has the guts to tell the waiters off and complain to the manager. But still we decided not to eat there ever again.. and told other friends about the bad service .
5 Dec 08
Yes, it gets really annoying. I was at the Mandarin once and we were having the buffet meal. I put my fork down for a minute to wipe my mouth before I got another plate of food and then this waiter ran up and took my plate away and I had to wait for another one. It makes me feel like they just want us to get out so I usually tend to rush when they start doing that.