Waiter Rant is Anonymous No More
For those who follow food blogs, Waiter Rant is probably a familiar stop for you. The “waiter” in question gives a behind-the-scenes look at life in the restaurant business, namely an establishment in New York City. Recently, his blog fodder became a page-turner as it was turned into his first book, Waiter Rant – Thanks for the Tip – Confessions of a Cynical Waiter, and now, nearly five years after his first words hit the Internet, The Waiter is anonymous no more.
Making the rounds on the interview circuit, including a recent stop to chat with Matt Lauer on the Today Show, The Waiter, Stephen Dublanica, also made the August 18th issue of People magazine. In the issue, he shared a little bit of what waiters think when you . . .
Walk in the door. I can tell how a person is going to tip in 15 seconds. Women, I would say, tip less, for the simple reason that they eat less. But if we see four big guys in expensive suits, we go, ka-ching!
Use your cell phone. It’s plain rude. We’re reading the specials (which we despise doing) and you take a call – it’s like we’re beneath you.
Discuss private topics. We hear everything! If you don’t want anyone to know about something, don’t talk about it in a restaurant.
Send the food back. Fine, if there’s something wrong with it. But don’t say mean things about the chef before you’ve eaten.
Act disrespectfully. I never spit in the food, but there are ways to deal with rude customers, like pretending their card doesn’t go through. So treat us like people.