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Jan. 14th, 2007

Drew: Will it be the number one or the number two?
Ashlee: Onion.

Went to Red Robin with Drew/Ash/Roommates and had awful service for the second time in a row going there. Any time I would try to get the waiter's attention, he would pointedly NOT look at me. He came only when there was food to be delivered, which meant that we never got more water. We ordered a banana daquiri and a regular marguerita, and got a banana marguerita and what looked like a mashed potato daquiri that tasted like ice. When I asked (pleasantly, I'm generally one that will eat something even if it's done wrong) to get the drinks done correctly (I wasn't going to pay $14 for something that wasn't drinkable), the waiter LAUGHED at me "yeah, you said banana marguerita! HAWHAWHAW." No. When I ordered, you said "a... banana marguerita?" and I replied with "No - a banana daquiri and a regular marguerita." I tipped him a dollar on my $20 tab, and still felt I was being overly generous. Seriously - even the one time he came by our table and asked if we needed anything else: Drew: more fries! Waiter: okay! Jessie: another tea! Waiter: okay! Aubrey: napkins? *waiter looks away and leaves* When it came time for him to deliver the tab, he handed mine to me and talked to me as if i were three years old. "Okay, and when you're ready to pay [said with giant eyes and in very pointed enunciation] I will be your cashier." When it DID come time to pay, he was on a break.

And last night at the bowling alley, when I closed my tab, it was $8.50 instead of $4.75. I asked the bartender why it was four bucks more than it should have been, and she became virtually enraged, saying that I ordered their top notch large long island, when I had their tiny little one. Um, no. The waitress came over and officially corrected her, thankfully, and came to my aid later, too, when I came back and said that I wanted their medium sized long island. "We don't HAVE mediums." "UM, yes you do. It's seven something."


Hee. I sound like such a snoot, whining about how it's so hard to get good service anymore, when I know that people have off days and that things get busy and all, but sheesh. At least I'm getting better at standing up for myself instead of just taking it - I'm quite convinced that even a year ago, I would have just paid the $8.50 (plus a dollar for a tip) instead of argued it.

Anyhoo. Tangent.

Watched Taladega Nights, it was much better than I had anticipated. Not absofreakingtodieforawesome, but fun.

Yeah. Thought I had something more to report, but I don't. Sorry to anyone who may have received a bajillion text messages from me over the last 24 hours - must be something wrong with something up here, as most people I know (on different providers) were not receiving texts, receiving the same text ten times immediately, or receiving the initial message over an hour after it was sent, and then randomly throughout the evening. (I was still receiving the same text after text today from my brother asking about details regarding were I was going bowling last night.)

I also keep shocking Bacci really BAD on the nose. Sorry, girlie. The last one had her shaking her head for quite awhile afterwards.


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Jan. 15th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC)
I know I'm probably going to be flamed/super-corrected on this, but...
I have a (now former) coworker who's been a waiter all his life. He pointed out that when going out to eat in Oregon, since we have a really high minimum wage, it's typical to not get good service because the waitstaff doesn't work for their gratuity.

Or it could be that the waiter was just an effing jackass. Or it was his last night.
Jan. 15th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Your complaints sound completely justified. You have had a bad string of experiences. Don't apologize for that. You may want to consider writing a letter to that restaurant. I think you should have called a manager over. You were far too nice. You don't have to tip assholes and the manager should have been made aware of how crappy the situation was for you and your friends.
Jan. 15th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
What horrible service! The bartender and the male waiter didn't deserve a tip at all, or leave a penny to prove your point. And since this is the second time you've had bad service, I wouldn't go there anymore.
Jan. 15th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
heehee! I knew I would see that little exchange between Drew and I would appear. :)

I glad all you guys could meet us for din-din and movie watching. Why don't we do it more often? Well, it's probably because it's incredibly difficult to coordinate 5 people's schedules... yeah, might be that. I guess that just means we have to work at it.
Jan. 15th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
You TIPPED him $1 instead of talking to the manager about him? I'd say that's pretty generous.
Jan. 15th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
I'd agree saying that you were too generous by tipping. I'd given a penny just to show I'm not forgetting about it but service was not acceptable and I'm an ass lol.

Taladega Nights made me laugh so hard... which was surprising since I don't usually enjoy those kind of movies.
Jan. 16th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
You know I've had the same thing happen to me a few times at a few different places and its like you just want to ask them if they want their job or not or somethinb because its just unbelievable. I haven't so far but I feel like complaining to thier boses because no one deserves that. Also its a hard thing because if I don't tip them well I can see them stereotyping me on so many levels ending with "see I told you they don't tip well"

I know you kitty face will be fine, I don't even get to show mine that type of affection really at all, however it does sound like a commercial. At the last time while she is shaking her head she'll just stop and say "pleas get the [product name] ouch!"

Well I should get to sleep soon.

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