July 6, 2009 6:58am CST
i used to work in an indian restaurant and most of the staff would make little comments about particularly annoying customers in a language they didn't understand. since i didn't really learn the languages involved most of the staff had to pass on gossip in the stockroom.
• Shingle Springs, California
6 Jul 09
I used to work in retail and we used to talk about the annoying customers too, only in English after they had left the store. I guess it's pretty universal for some customers to be annoying and for the staff to talk about them.
5 Oct 09
Very good of them to let you in on it all jb, I think it's an excellent way to amuse oneself at the expense of the obnoxious, and being in a restaurant naturally they would do it with a beaming smile on their faces. Certainly better for the customers than spitting in the food which is resorted to in restaurants where one doesn't have the unique fun of being able to hide behind a second language to be truthful in. Imagine the fun one could have had if the binny came in to dine.
5 Oct 09
well like every single restaurant in the universe rude customers got discussed at great length in the stockroom - the waiters were lucky enough to be able to do it in front of the customers too. i think if i'd worked there longer i certainly would now have a massive vocabulary mainly consisting entirely of synonyms for 'crass' 'drunk' 'ignorant' and 'git'. and 'rude'. think i mentioned before that now i think these customers should not have been allowed in in the first place but at the time it was funny.
6 Jul 09
jb, i think it was rude on their part to speak in a language which you did not know. even though, it was not about you, it is not fair on their part to do so. maybe, you could have asked them that you would also want to enjoy the jokes with them and tell them to speak in english.
• United States
10 Aug 09
I don't like people who do that in a different language & on purpose no less. I hate being anywhere the people are talking in English & then start talking in their native tongue and start laughing. No one knows exactly what they talking about but I still find it rude even if it isn't about me. And it's no different then the people that play "dumb" that they don't know English when clearly they do but just don't want to deal with what you have to say even if it is your job to ask them questions ect. Grrr.....