A co-worker, whom I greatly respect did something I cannot fathom. So I thought I would bounce it off some folks here and see if I am way off base here or if she might have been to quick to avoid a socially awkward situation. We were eating at a new resturaunt, and we had a large going away party for a different co-worker. The waitress was very friendly, but a bit disorganized. She brought out the wrong meal for several of us (wrong table), forgot my straw for my soda, forgot seperate plates for the appetizer, and several times stuck her elbow in my face while she talked to the person beside me. And I wasnt the only one who experienced this kind of thing. The most dramatic case of waitress blundering though was the following converstation that I am editing slightly for brevity (and because I cant rremember all of the exact words anyway). Waitress to co-waorker: I split your bill with seat 6 so it would be more even for you. Co-worker: You what? Waitress: I split your bill between you two since you are each paying for the two workers leaving your company just to make it fair. Co-worker: But the other person is also paying for her husbands meal, so it shouldnt be even bill. Waitress: Oh, I see, well the meals all average out to $7 anyway. Co-worker: I dont care. Please, correct the bill and bill me for what I said I ordered. Waitress: OK, well, I'll be right back, sweety. (waitress goes away for a few minutes then returns) Waitress: Sorry ma'am, but I cant change your bill. Co-worker: You cant what? Waitress: I cant change your bill. The computer has it recorded the way I put it in and only the manager can change that, but he is in a meeting. Co-worker: I dont understand. Waitress (sits down in chair next to co-worker): See hon, (holds the ticket out for co-worker to see along with her) I have this and this and this on your ticket and I cant take it off because the computer has these items on your ticket. Co-worker (exasperated): OK, fine, whatever. Here is my card..... When my co-worker told me about it with another co-worker verifying the account, I was stunned at the waitresses behavior (though my own experience with her made me think it all within the realm of plausibility) but also that my co-worker actually paid for the items she didnt order. There is no way in hell I would have paid for that stuff, period, nada, zero, null chance at that whatsoever. When I said this, everyone looked at me like I was being unreasonable. Would you have paid that ticket?