I’ve been pondering the title for three days. Ever since I had the unpleasant experience of overhearing the following “conversation:”
“Where are the warm rolls? They’re supposed to be served with dinner entrees?“
“We’re actually still serving lunch. They don’t start heating rolls until after 5:00“
She offered to bring him some rolls.
The customer at the table yelled to the bartender: “I need to speak with a manager.”
The customer complained to the manager about the waitress’s attitude. The manager explained that the waitress was right, and that there aren’t warm rolls at 3:00. The man was upset about the restaurant being cheap. The manager explained that the lunch portions are smaller, less complicated and quite a bit cheaper, and that if he wanted rolls, he could have them but if he wanted warm rolls, he would have to wait for them to get warm.
The man insisted on warm rolls.
When the waitress took them over, he complained that there were only four rolls. The waitress explained that they normally serve two rolls per person, but she offered to bring more and asked how many more he wanted. Two more warm rolls were ordered, prepared and delivered.
Note: If I wanted rolls, warm rolls, more rolls or buttered rolls, I would, as I was taught, ask politely if I could please have a roll, two rolls, or four rolls. If I wanted more than that, I’d go to Olive Garden.
One last tidbit – when the man and his companion left the restaurant, there were three uneaten rolls on the plate and no tip on the credit card slip. I left the waitress the missing tip. She thanked me and said:
“I feel sorry for him. I only had to put up with him for an hour. He has to live with himself forever.”
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