what is the worst thing a server can do to make you mad?

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How about this? One of my very favorite restaurant skits by Steve Martin (from back when he was funny) . . .  Oh, sorry, I just went to the Bahamas for the moment . . .   :)

 
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I kind of agree with some of your rants here guys. It's really annoying that some servers doesn't know what they are serving when it's supposed to be their job to know everything about the restaurant and the food they are serving. Also I don't like those servers as well who would come to your table more than 3 times just to ask if everything is okay while you're having  a conversation with someone. It is also annoying that some servers are not up to their feet to refill your drinks when they supposed to be doing rounds checking if there are any drinks that needs to be refilled. You would have to call them even twice to ask for a refill. 
 
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Waitstaff interrupting a conversation I'm having with friends, whether in the middle of my sentence or a friend's, to ask something like "how does everything taste".
 
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Waitstaff interrupting a conversation I'm having with friends, whether in the middle of my sentence or a friend's, to ask something like "how does everything taste".
Oh, I really HATE that! When I worked as a waitress, I would always wait to be noticed, never just swoop in and interrupt, for any reason... that's so rude and annoying! I found that the customers would notice me right away and make a space in the conversation for me to talk without interrupting them. After all, it was to their benefit!
 
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For me there are a couple of things that don't really make me made, but do bother me a little.  

1. Wait and cleaning staff that will stand just to the side of you or in a corner and stare at you.  There is a Mexican Restaurant I have been to a few times where even the cooks will come out into the dining area and stare at you.

2. A dining area that is kept near the same temperature as the kitchen.  The same restaurant as above, will keep the dining room at a temperature where you will start to sweat the minute you walk in.  Being in south central Texas, the last thing you want after burning up all day is to sit in a restaurant where you have to take turns fanning each other to stay cool.  If I am going somewhere casual to eat BBQ, then I don't mind sitting outside, or inside an old shed to chow down--but sometimes you want a cool place to go to eat and enjoy a good meal. 

3. Not getting my drinks filled.  I am not too demanding on having immediate service, but when you walk by and say you will be right back with some more drinks then I don't see you again for 10 minutes or more--that is a little annoying.

4. Saying you will be right back with the check after you have cleared the table, then not showing back up for 10 minutes or more, or show up after 10 or 15 minutes and say, "oh I was suppose to get your check", and you can smell fresh cigarette smoke on them where they took a break during the busiest time.  I am not against breaks, but I grew up in a restaurant family and I know there are times that you just can't take breaks, and times when you can get a quick one in.  

That's all for my dislikes.

D. Clay
 
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For me there are a couple of things that don't really make me made, but do bother me a little.  

1. Wait and cleaning staff that will stand just to the side of you or in a corner and stare at you. 
Oh my heck, you brought back a nightmare.

We went to the Provo Red Robin one evening, about 9:30. The place closes at 10:00. We noticed that most of the lights were off, and all the people dining were in one little area by ourselves. There were two other tables occupied when we arrived, but by the time we were served, we were the only ones there, and:

Chairs were upside down on the tables throughout the restaurant, including the ones at our elbows.

Even more lights were turned off.

There was a guy wearing an apron, sitting in a nearby booth, with his chin in his hands and his elbows on his knees, staring at us.

The server asked us about dessert when we were about halfway through dinner, which we declined.

I wrote to the manager, who was appalled. He said that the restaurant should look the same as it does in the middle of the day until the last customer walks out. He promised to follow up, and offered to buy us dinner next time. Apparently, he dropped by the place that evening at about 9:45, and the stuff hit the fan.

We have been by the Red Robin late at night since then, and it has always been bright and inviting.
 
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Being sat at a table then ignored...no menu, no waiter, not even a "I'll be with you in a sec"...it's humiliating.

Those are the places I tend not to patron.
 
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When I was stationed in Italy...

A friend and I went to a restaurant, at a well known Hotel, to celebrate my birthday. First thing when we sat down at a nice central table, the Gentleman who seated us brought a glass of sparkling wine to each of us. We were so engrossed in our dinner (Very Good) and the bottle of wine we ordered...we lost track of time...until we noticed we were the only table there. The staff was a very discrete distance away and very patiently waiting for us to finish our wine and conversation.

Very civilized way to enjoy an evening. (and no I did not tell them it was my birthday)
 
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* Asking my order and request twice.

* Bringing my food not the way I ordered it.

* And also, as what Pete said, acting like the customer is wrong.

:(
 
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THE WORST:    when one orders a bottle of wine, and they bring the bottle to your table already open.

I come to USA ocasionally on visit to relatives, and when one visits a restaurant waiters have no courtesy at all when they are taking  the order, they speak soooooo fast it is hard to understand what they say even when I speak english,   they leave the menu and want to take the order in seconds, not giving customers a chance to go thru the menu and take a decision.

/img/vbsmilies/smilies/laser.gif  kill that waiter that opens the bottle of wine.   ja ja ja ja.
 
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Spot on Titomike.  Keep the woman happy, she'll keep her man happy /img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif

This is OT, but I dislike bank managers/ car salespeople etc etc that, when you are sitting down talking a deal - they will mostly look at and speak mostly to the man and virtually ignore the woman.  It really annoys me - it's just plain rude.  The ones that win points with me speak equally to us both.  A sign of respect is what I look for.

And as far as some car mechanics and some tradespeople go, they assume the woman knows nothing and will treat you like a child, and more than likely add to the price over when they are talking to a male.  I apologise for this comment to the honest ones out there - you do exist, and you'll get return trade always over someone else.  It's just the bad apples that gives the others a bad reputation.

Oh, and when you hold a door open at a shop etc for someone and they don't say thanks....grrrr.

Rant over - just having one of those days /img/vbsmilies/smilies/crazy.gif
 
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When I was stationed in Italy...

A friend and I went to a restaurant, at a well known Hotel, to celebrate my birthday. First thing when we sat down at a nice central table, the Gentleman who seated us brought a glass of sparkling wine to each of us. We were so engrossed in our dinner (Very Good) and the bottle of wine we ordered...we lost track of time...until we noticed we were the only table there. The staff was a very discrete distance away and very patiently waiting for us to finish our wine and conversation.

Very civilized way to enjoy an evening. (and no I did not tell them it was my birthday)
My wife and I went out for a special evening on our anniversary to a local restaurant called Mulboon's. It came highly recommended. We chose a Monday night, as Monday nights are slow in Utah restaurants, and shared the restaurant with one other couple.

The food was wonderful, the ambience was beautiful, and the waiter seduced us into having a nice dessert. We realized at one point that it was very quiet, and that it was past closing time. We finished up and left, apologizing for having kept everybody late. And it really was everybody; the kitchen and wait staff, all still in uniform, were all waiting around the corner, in case we wanted something else. The Guy In Charge, an incredible fellow named Yanni, made profuse and sincere assurances that we had been no problem at all, that they were very happy to have us, and that we were welcome to stay as long as we like whenever we dine there. The others smiled agreement with him. 

I absolutely love places like that.
 
 
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I have been a server in the past--had my bottom grabbed, been called multiple inappropriate pet names, etc. etc. etc. I have also been the ignored customer and left when not greeted promptly. As a server, greet time was within 1 minute of seating, drink time within 2 minutes, food time within 12 minutes. Anything that went wrong was considered an "opportunity" by the restaurant. The most hilarious "opportunity?" Someone substituted blue cheese for cream cheese in the cheesecake! hahahahaha fortunately it was for a regular, and they comped the meal. 
 
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The worst thing?  When they act annoyed that they have to be at work and it's obvious they don't want to be working, in other words serious attitude.

Or... clear the table before I'm done eating.  I'm a slower eater than my husband and it happens all the time.  It makes me totally feel rushed.  This happened once at a business meeting and it was very uncomfortable - they had barely finished their own meals! 
 
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The worst thing a server can do? Why, fail to boot of course!

But that would be because I spend part of my time working for the IT department /img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif
 
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I can't stand it when a server sits down at the table to take your order.
 
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The worst thing a server can do? Why, fail to boot of course!

But that would be because I spend part of my time working for the IT department /img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif
Oh, man, you got me on that one. 

Actually, failing to boot 1% of the time would probably be worse... /img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif
 
 

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