Your waiter won't tell you

@gtdonna (1740)
August 27, 2008 3:57pm CST
So today I was reading this months issue of Readers Digest and on page 24 there is a list of things that they say a waiter won't tell you. 3rd on the list, was really no surprise to me, it stated that if some waiters or servers are annoyed with you they would spit in your food or drink ewwwwwwwwwwww to exact revenge. So my question to you is, when eating out are you careful about what you order and do you pay attention to your food when it comes to the table
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@Wyldrose (1216)
• United States
27 Aug 08
I think I read the same Reader's Digest. That is so disgusting that someone do that. I try to be nice to the waiter/waitress but I much prefer going to a buffet where I don't have to deal with them much except to have them refill my drink when needed.(I still leave a tip even if I go to a buffet.)
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@gtdonna (1740)
28 Aug 08
I love buffet dinners as well...and I also go places where you ca actually watch them preparing your food in front of you
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
27 Aug 08
My husband and I try to be nice to our waiter/waitress so that we get good service and nothing weird gets into our food or drink. We also tip according to the service we get so it's a two way street. I don't think I've ever looked for a loogie in my drink or pasta but I'll have to remember to do that the next time.
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@gtdonna (1740)
28 Aug 08
I do agree with you that it is a to way street...sometimes I rather see how my food is being prepared.
• United States
28 Aug 08
While I myself have never had to work in the food industry (thank goodness), I have several friends who have and still do. Those people are put under a lot of stress to get your orders right, and to you as quickly as possible, while juggling several other tables' worth of orders and special requests. Now, there are waiters that should get lesser tips than others due to serious issues, but I don't get people who whine and complain to the waiter about their food. The waiter didn't make your food, and could care less; and the chef will be too busy, you know, cooking in order to get your message, so he doesn't care either. That was a bit of a tangent. Anyway, just be polite to your waiters. It's amazing how much effort they'll put into keeping you happy if you do that. Now, on to the actual topic.. I do indeed pay attention to my orders. I'm allergic to cheese, and a lot of things I order tend to automatically come with cheese on them. I specifically have to ask that no cheese be added. Aside from that though, as long as everything's there as described on the menu, I'm happy.
@gtdonna (1740)
5 Oct 08
I agree with you. I am not allergic to any kind of food, but I do not like raw onions on my food so I am very specific when ordering to make sure I do not get any. If I see one raw onion or even taste it, I loose all taste for eating my food.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
6 Feb 09
Having worked in the restaurant business,We LIKE to keep the customers happy by handling special dietary requests and to have possible problems noted for the chef when bringing the order to the kitchen..But Some people don't say such things up front,or only mention it when the food's almost ready to be brought to the table,or actually in front of them before mentioning something that will result in the food being sent back!
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
28 Aug 08
I really don't think that is true....I have a friend in the restaurant business and waiters and waitresses are watched over by management.....I have heard other rumors too like them peeing in pickle jars etc. It might be a rare occasion that some idiot would do something like that but I wonder where Readers Digest got their info...
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@gtdonna (1740)
28 Aug 08
It is true! I think there is even a website where some waiters go and boast about what they do...disgusting. Readers Digest got their info from waiters themselves
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Wish they would give the name of the restaurant...I would want to avoid those places.....they should track them down and get them out of the business...just think they could be spreading stuff like hepititas!
@shell94 (990)
• Canada
29 Sep 08
I have worked as a waitress a few times over the years and cannot imagine spitting in a customers food!! yuck!!! I do pay alot of attention to the service I receive from the waiter/waitress as this will reflect in the tip that I leave at the end of the meal. If a server is polite and smiles and tries to make you feel comfortable, then they always are rewarded positively.
@gtdonna (1740)
5 Oct 08
You're a shining example of a good waitress and I do hope you continue to set this example for others out there
@Ehsan_e (27)
10 Sep 08
yes thats true. But why you should annoy a waiter to expect sth weired in your food. There is no need for this. It is a both way street. People respect you when you respect them.
@gtdonna (1740)
5 Oct 08
I do agree, but even if someone do not respect you I do not think it is right to mess with their food in anyway
@halynn (1809)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I always inspect my food carefully. I am always nice to the waiter or waitress. I used to be a waitress myself. i never did anything to anyones food tho. but i know how some ppl can be extremely rude about the goofiest things.
@gtdonna (1740)
5 Oct 08
Yep, I do the same...sometimes I would like to ask them how they can do certain things...
• United States
28 Aug 08
That reminds me of Jessie Jackson spitting in white peoples food, how nice of him. I'm sure it happens and if it ever did to me I would loudly say, "GET THE MANAGER!" How about if I'm annoyed with the crappy wait staff, I'll forgo the tip and talk with the manager. That kind of crap ticks me off, I'm not going to pay good money for a crudy waiter and lousy food. "Here's your tip, get a different job."
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@gtdonna (1740)
5 Oct 08
Uggggggggg it matters not who a person is or the color of their skin, it's plain nasty
@Anchopy (1453)
• Paraguay
28 Aug 08
Until now I never had a thought that the waiter could do that to the meal.. From now on I will never let that waiter open my drink or to bring food to me.. I think what would be really disgusting... Thinking about all other times that I could have piss off more that one waiter. oh my!
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@gtdonna (1740)
5 Oct 08
There are so much more that they do to a person food, as one person said, that is really nothing. I do know there is an online site where they go and complain about the treatment they get as well as how they handle some peopel food.
• Philippines
28 Aug 08
Good day... Don't you think that those kind of waiters/waitress is too harsh to extract revenge? I mean I have my fair share of bad waiting services like when you need something and raise your hand they pretend they didn't see it. I only criticize a waiter when it is warranted and it is always professional and not personal. If they do what you said they do then they are the one at fault.
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@gtdonna (1740)
5 Oct 08
Yes I do think it is too harsh, I have a mantra, do unto others as you would like to be done to you and I surely don't want anyone messing with my food in anyway so i won't even think about doing it to someone else
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Hi gt The answer is yes. Like you said, itis no surprise about the spitting. But what do you do if something isn't satisfactory? I'm talking about overcooked too runny, or just something that you didn't order. There are times when you have no choice. I refuse to eat something that just isn't right. I think it gives a bad rap to assume that they will all do this. For me I have to trust that this won't happen. So what else does Reader's say? leenie
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@gtdonna (1740)
28 Aug 08
Good question Leenie! I would mention that I don't like the food or just push it aside and pay for it nevertheless. There was a long list of what waiters won't tell you...see below Avoid eating out on holidays and Saturday nights because with so many people, they do not take their time to prepare the food properly There are almost never any sick days, they rather work if sick to make extra money... Never say you are friends with the owner, the owners don't have any friends once you walk in (don't believe this cause I have friend who owns restaurants and treats me well when I come to eat) Treat others as you want to eb treated Don't snap your fingers to get their attention Don't order meals that are not on the menu
@liza26 (25)
• United States
28 Aug 08
grossed! i watched somehting similar on tv like "hidden camera" show. makes me not want to go to restaurants anymore. home cooked meals is still the best, healthy.
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@gtdonna (1740)
28 Aug 08
I know hwo you feel, cause I felt the same way after readng that article
@morgandrake (2136)
• United States
27 Aug 08
Having worked in food service, I am careful to be nice to the staff. Not that I ever did such, but I know that it happens. There was nothing worse than hearing that some one wanted it "special" which was code for "use your imagination". I don't understand why people mistreat restaurant personal; after all, they are touching your food.
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@gtdonna (1740)
28 Aug 08
I agree with you, I'd rather treat them nice too, cause I know I don't want any funny business with my food
• India
28 Aug 08
Mostly I do not go out for eating. Occasionally I along with family use to. We prefer to order special dish on order and we are careful about this non-sense of waiters. We always oblige them also.
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@yogeshdhusa (2236)
• India
28 Aug 08
Oh my god, i will not in any resturant.. but i behave very nicely with the waiters.. even they are human with self respect.. but still i am shocked with what you disclosed now.. So i think i will learn how to cook and eat as many dishes i want thanks and enjoy
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