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Old 09-13-2006, 08:19 PM   #51
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LOL, all the above, I laughed like a drain over this thread. I didn't laugh the day a waitress dropped a glass of red wine over me and the owners were at the bar, saw it, and laughed. We were going to stay there to, but the room stunk of stale tobacco. I coped with the wine, but the meal was so salty we couldn't eat it. We walked out. But really we have had more goods than bads. I hate hoverers, honkers, and howling brats. And I have never heard of bringing an entire order at the same time.
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Old 09-13-2006, 08:30 PM   #52
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I forgot about hiders. Lulu, those people at Covent Garden sound truly revolting. I don't mind sharing with family and close friends, but otherwise don't even think of touching my plate unless I am finished, then eat what's left if you feel you must. My first reaction would be to push the plate away and tell them to eat it if they must, but don't expect me to play trough games with them. Utterley disgusting. My intention would be to embarrass them. It has never happened to me though. ;Þ
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:32 PM   #53
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Everything I wanted to say has already been said lol
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:58 PM   #54
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canned veggies. 'cept peas.
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Old 09-14-2006, 06:17 AM   #55
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I go with the "bad children" camp of thought. I avoid any restaurant that bills itself as a "family restaurant" and avoid "fast food" places. So when I'm paying top dollar to dine at a premium-type restaurant, I don't expect to find children playing tag, tripping the waiters, wailing, etc. In that vein, when I dine out and see a particularly great family with the children obviously feelling like they're getting a great treat and having fun "pretending" to be adults, I make a point of stopping by the table if I haven't caught Mom in the loo, and complimenting them on their kids' great manners. Whenever I've done this, I get beaming looks from Mom & Dad. Hey, I know it isn't easy to get those kids to behave, and sometimes the family needs a compliment!
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Old 09-14-2006, 07:07 AM   #56
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I go with the "bad children" camp of thought. I avoid any restaurant that bills itself as a "family restaurant" and avoid "fast food" places. So when I'm paying top dollar to dine at a premium-type restaurant, I don't expect to find children playing tag, tripping the waiters, wailing, etc. In that vein, when I dine out and see a particularly great family with the children obviously feelling like they're getting a great treat and having fun "pretending" to be adults, I make a point of stopping by the table if I haven't caught Mom in the loo, and complimenting them on their kids' great manners. Whenever I've done this, I get beaming looks from Mom & Dad. Hey, I know it isn't easy to get those kids to behave, and sometimes the family needs a compliment!
Me, too, Claire,

I've done the complimenting on other's children now that my children are grown and been complimented on my own when they were young. It's a nice warm, fuzzy feeling all the way around. Children will meet standards set for them----adults have to set them.
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Old 09-14-2006, 08:54 AM   #57
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yep, add me to that list. i live in a rich city so we don't have fast-food-joints nearby. whew. plenty of other restaurants!
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Old 09-14-2006, 09:02 AM   #58
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One thing that I constantly see when we have threads like this one are conflicting statements. Here is what I mean by that. For some people they do not like when they have to wait for their water glass to be filled, but other people can not stand when their water glass is filled frequently. Some people can't stand when dirty plates are left on the table, while others can't stand that some peoples plates are cleared when the entire dining party is not done yet.

Something we need to keep in mind (for our waiters and waitresses sake) is that everyone is different. what one person expects, someone else will expect the opposite.

Of course this is only true for some things. I do not think there is anyone who enjoys the children who are misbehaving or the waiter who gets the orders wrong and doesn't seem to care or other things like that.
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When the waitress/waiter doesn't service enough or to much...
When one tries to talk you into ordering something you do not want...
or when the waitress makes a fuss when you want to send something back
due to it not being prepard correctly,which really is the cooks fault...
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Old 09-14-2006, 10:20 AM   #60
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This one happened to us last night and bothered me enough that I will not be going back to that restaurant anytime soon.

Both my wife and I ordered burgers to be cooked medium. I actually prefer mine a little more on the med rare side, but I always order med in a restaurant because they always screw it up anyway.

Well we got our burgers and mine was well done and my wifes was rare. Talk about inconsistent!
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