I’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.