Friday, February 10, 2006

Something about that tee shirt

One of my first tables of the night was a man in his mid to late 30's, sitting at a table by himself, wiht 3 other menus (1 adult and 2 children's) sitting at the table with him. In one glance I knew this wasn't going to be a very good table. The guy is like 37 years old, and is wearing a Korn shirt. Now I don't have anything against Korn, they've had a couple of songs I thought were really pretty good, but there reaches an age and stage in one's life where you should move beyond wearing these kinds of tee shirts. Clearly this guy missed that memo. I approached and tried to be pleasant and run through my required list of crap to say. His responses were basic grunts and monosyllabic words. I knew this wasn't going to be a good table. In some cases, we are surprised, having misjudged a guest, this was not one of those cases. At least his children were well behaved. It's got to be embarassing as a child to be teaching manners to your father.

I did have an opportunity to wait on a local college star (Star of a Big-10 basketball team) and his girlfriend. He's undoubtedly got the potential to go pro, and I suspect he'll be drafted. He was quite nice, and surprisingly not as big as I would have thought. Granted, I am a pretty big guy myself, but I guess he looks bigger on TV. He left a nice tip. The strange thing was that neither he nor his girlfriend put their phones down for more than 5 minutes throughout the whole meal. I understand if you are a business man, but this was 9:00 PM and he's a college basketball player, he can't even have a job (Division I prohibits it).

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reader said...

Just a side note-- DI collegiate athletes are now allowed to have jobs (with certain restrictions), even when they're in season. I should know, I am one.

Waiter said...

Hey there good luck, check out

I'm no waitterant but you might get yourself a bloglink.

BTW the exact thing happened to my previous restaurant, they lost 90% of their staff and a third of their business in two months.


Well I work fine dining now and while it is still waiting tables things are much better, except for asshole customers.

Well check out my site if you find the time, take that fine dining job, they don't deserve your skill or loyalty where you are at.

Anonymous said...

WOW! A fellow Red Dumpster employee! I worked at the local RL off and on for about 3 years, was fired no less than 3 times, obviously rehired just as many, and finally, finally, the final shift! Very excited to find your blog! Good luck! Oh,BTW, can I please get an "Ultimate Fest" with a "Squeezer Salad" (with French dressing of course), and "none of them sqare junks" on it! Blech!

Anonymous said...

Dude, thanks for the recipe (Dec 23 post). We've made it twice and these friggin things are awesome!

Anonymous said...

Did you ask yourself how that college athlete could afford to but two lobster dinners and leave a good tip on top of it all?

Lobster Boy said...

You're welcome for the recipe! Enjoy!

I also wasn't aware that DI students could get jobs, that must've changed fairly recently, so thatnks for the the heads up on that. Having been a college athelete (I played full back in college and threw discus) and having worked a job throughout, I know it is possible to do both, but I would strongly reccommend against it. Way too much stress, missed out on way too much fun.

His total bill was $34 and he gave me $42, so it wasn't all that expensive. His lady didn't eat anything but an appetizer, and both only had soda. He joked about getting a drink, but didn't. So beyond that, I really didn't care where he got the money from, as long as he paid me!

Lobster Boy