Social Question About Waitress Weirdness

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JimBowie1958, Dec 31, 2011.

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Would you have paid that check?

Poll closed Jan 7, 2012.
  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Would have gotten whoever was in charge to fix check, then paid

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  4. I dunno

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  1. JimBowie1958
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    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?
     
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    I'm finding it very hard to believe this story isn't a fantasy.
     
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    $7??? Pay it in full w/ 25% gratuity then STFU & GTFO!!!
     
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    No, dude, it happened.

    The waitress was really friendly, all that, but she really did do the things I am describing. She added on things to my co-workers ticket that she did not order or agree ot, she sat next toher to explain each item on the ticket like that was what was confusing my co-worker, and actually said she could not fix the ticket because only the manager could do that and he was in a meeting. There were multiple witnesses speaking to others in a group.

    The waitress was ditzy, to say the least.

    This is one of those things that h appen but are so crazy, it strains credibility. If I didnt know them for eight years I would not have believed it either.

    But it actually happened. No bullshit.
     
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    Hahah, no frigging way.

    You were a service person too once?

    The $7 was for the added meals, while the primary customers order was regular cost. I got the feeling from hearing it that she just didnt want to sort through the numbers.
     
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    This story is too confusing to follow.
     
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    I don't think you are being unreasonable at all, but I would have paid the check for my sanity's sake, then not tipped the idiot, then never gone back to that restaurant again.
     
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    The waitress sounds like an idiot, and I would have responded accordingly. :)
     
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    Seriously? Or is it 'to long, didn't read'?
     
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    If you have the time, it would be fun to make her go back and do separate checks.

    Me? I would have told her I was paying for what I ate, and she could work out the paperwork with the manager at her leisure.
     

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