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Old 07-18-2022, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Miami (prev. NY, Atlanta, SF, OC and San Diego)
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Asking you how your food is the very second they have just observed you shoving a fork full of food into your mouth.

Takes a special talent for so many to have acquired this skill, makes me wonder if there is a special school they all attended.

I usually respond by taking my time chewing my food and giving a thumbs up sign. The other options are to spit my food out and answer them and/or stick a fork in their eyeballs but I don’t look good in an orange jump suit.
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Old 07-18-2022, 10:53 AM
 
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Asking you how your food is the very second they have just observed you shoving a fork full of food into your mouth.

Takes a special talent for so many to have acquired this skill, makes me wonder if there is a special school they all attended.

I usually respond by taking my time chewing my food and giving a thumbs up sign. The other options are to spit my food out and answer them and/or stick a fork in their eyeballs but I don’t look good in an orange jump suit.
They're supposed to ask you within 2 minutes of your food arriving. Chances are, since you're there to eat food, you're almost always going to be actively eating in those first 2 minutes while the food is hot.
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Old 07-18-2022, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Miami (prev. NY, Atlanta, SF, OC and San Diego)
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They're supposed to ask you within 2 minutes of your food arriving. Chances are, since you're there to eat food, you're almost always going to be actively eating in those first 2 minutes while the food is hot.
Unless they have vision issues they should be able to tell when I have a fork lifted and placed in my mouth vs taking a pause in between bites with the utensil not near my mouth. No different than a sales rep (good one, at least) knowing their customer. Of course, you also have the waitperson who asks you how your meal is before you have even taken a bite, with that often apparent and in clear sight if they are not in robot mode.
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Old 07-18-2022, 12:02 PM
 
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The same school that teaches dentists to fill your mouth with instruments before asking a question.
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Old 07-18-2022, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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Asking how your food is when your mouth is full is day 2 of server's school.

Learning how to disappear when you are finished with your meal, and need your check because you have a movie/ballgame to catch is day 3.
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Old 07-18-2022, 02:34 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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The same school that teaches dentists to fill your mouth with instruments before asking a question.
And you can't even attempt to reply with an eyeroll, blinking, or twitching an eyebrow these days. They all seem to offer you shaded "eye protection" that covers everything up !
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Old 07-18-2022, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Miami (prev. NY, Atlanta, SF, OC and San Diego)
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My other favorite is the hostess who sits someone at the table in front of me directly facing me—as if I get off on watching someone I do not know chew their food. Don’t worry—you won’t hurt my feelings if you sit them with their back facing me. If I wanted to be more social I would have eaten at the bar!
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Old 07-19-2022, 05:50 AM
 
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"Hi, my name is Buffy"> I'll be your server today.

No chit? I thought you were just someone who wandered in off the street with a uniform and a note pad!

I could go on, but you get the drift.....

It's sort of like parenting. You are there to do a job, not to make fast friends with me.
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Old 07-19-2022, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I disagree with some of these complaints except when asking how your food is when your mouth is full. I have always had great dining experiences. It's nice when the waiter/waitress introduces themselves as your server. I don't see what the big deal is.
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Old 07-19-2022, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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This thread seems like the basis of a "tell us you've never worked in food service without telling us you've never worked in food service" meme
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