ralph, your serverI’m not one of those difficult restaurant patrons. I don’t get the waiter’s attention by sticking my foot out and tripping him when he walks by. Nor am I one of those people who eats any old crap at home but sends food back to the kitchen every time they eat at a restaurant.

But it really irks me when the waiter or waitress asks  “Is everything all right?” as though it were a rhetorical question.

There are a number of ways they do this:

• By making little or no eye contact.

• Looking away or walking away while you’re in mid response.

• Asking as they are walking by, obviously preoccupied with some other task.

Sometimes, it’s all I can do to keep myself  from responding to their indifference by jumping up and performing the Heimlich maneuver on them even.


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