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Old 08-05-2008, 12:35 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Callisto in NC View Post
I wouldn't trust food once taken out of my sight.
I feel the same. I always ask for doggie bags or insist on boxing leftovers myself.

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Old 08-05-2008, 12:40 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Callisto in NC View Post
I wouldn't trust food once taken out of my sight...

You trust them out od sight with your food before it's served.

Around here, leftovers are sometimes boxed at the table and sometimes not.

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Old 08-05-2008, 12:46 PM   #23
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First off, while you definitely should NOT have experienced the level of service you did, I've unfortunately experienced the same thing when dining at restaurants during the "cusp" of lunch morphing into dinner, which 3:30 p.m. definitely is. They normally have very limited staff & service is always awful.

As far as having to box your own leftovers, that's been the norm for YEARS here in Virginia, & I actually prefer it, as the few times the wait person does it they either save too much or too little. I'd much rather do it myself. I don't understand the big deal.
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:57 PM   #24
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i'm glad you didn't tip. lousy restaurant service can ruin an otherwise delicious meal.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:08 PM   #25
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to be honest, even if she was technically a lousy waitress, but smiled, was friendly and made an effort, I still would have given a nice tip. But there was just no effort at all. And as mentioned, the bagging your own just threw me off, as in new york, it doesnt work that way ( at least where i am from) but i figured that was just the way it was. That didnt affect her ' no tip ' at all. Her attitude did though.

And yeah, I stayed away from the soy chicken!!!

Maybe i should stick to Italian, since my last 2 chinese outings have ended in disaster

And the left overs were great for breakfast the next morning :)
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:21 PM   #26
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You trust them out od sight with your food before it's served.
Well, yeah, before it's served I haven't made demands on my waitress or complained that I've had better or questioned the cook. For the same reason I never accept substitutions for undercooked/over cooked food. I just make them take it back and take it off my check.
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:48 PM   #27
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I think in her case not only would I not have left a tip, I would have left a pile of pennies as well. We used to do that growing up to let the person know they were not doing a good job, it was embarrassing at the end of the evening if the other wait staff saw you with a bunch of pennies, incentive to do better. Even worse if the owner saw you get a pile of pennies left to you.
As for leftovers, doesn't bother me either way. They can box it or I can box it, no big deal to me. Since I don't treat anyone rudely during my stay, I don't think I have much to worry about. If I have to send something back, I do so politely and apologetically and they never seem to mind. I don't make excessive demands on the wait staff, but if I need to get their attention I do so politely. Again, what I think of them is voiced in the tip at the end of the night, not loudly while seated at a table.
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:37 PM   #28
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rude service is rude service. if everyone complained about it at the time it occurs, it would probably stop. ask for a supervisor or the manager and tell them what the problem is.

i would rather box up my own food. my pet peeve is not enough boxes and you have to ask more.

the customer has a duty to be polite as well. to often these days we accept rude behavior as the norm.

i always let them know if i found the service lacking. i really don't care about the state of the wait persons emotions or life. they are there to take care of customers in a positive and polite way. if they don't they are being paid for nothing.

i do not shout, or yell or call anyone names but the managers will know why i am not happy.

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Old 08-05-2008, 09:42 PM   #29
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About the plates, I don't know how authentic this place you went to is, but in China that is how they serve food. It's usually put on a lazy susan in the middle of the table and everyone just grabs their chop sticks and digs in. If she was Chinese it probably would never have occurred to her to put plates on the table. Maybe she was new.

Sorry, it just didn't sound like that horrible experience to me, aside from the waiting.

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Old 08-05-2008, 11:04 PM   #30
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horrible, maybe not, rude and unprofessional, in my opinion, yes. I shouldnt have to ask to be seated, find the waitress to ask to order,find the waitress again to ask for plates, ask for more plates, leave my seat to find the waitress to ask for the bill, ask for something to take home my left overs in , especially if i was literally the only one in the restaurant. If they were being professional, they would have been keeping an eye on us, asking if we were ready to order, asking if everything was ok, or if we needed anything. asking if we were done or wanted desert, asking if we were ready for the bill, and asking if we wanted to take home the left overs ( whether they did it or we did it doesnt make a difference) . But as mentioned earlier, i just felt totally ignored. Trust me, I didnt let it affect me at all, because the food was good and i was hungry, and i also knew id never be back again, since this was a one time thing. I just figure that in any job, where u deal with the public, just good business practice is to be friendly and accomodating. Was it horrible, no, not at all. But was it rude, unpleasant and unprofessional, well, in my opinion, absolutely
But, I have since forgotten about it, since i went out for lunch today, at my favorite Indian food restaurant. Which was an all you can eat buffet, with plenty of plates, plenty of food ( all at once), friendly waiters and bus boys ( who noticed every time the water glass was empty, asked several times if everything was ok, with a smile I might add), didnt have to ask for the bill, no leftovers to box ( since not allowed at a buffet to do that) and graciously asked as we were leaving how we liked our meal by the Greeter ( with a smile I might ***). A generous tip was left , since they made me feel welcome, and I was treated as I , and anyone else should be treated by someone providing a service for you.

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