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Off the Menu Profiting off the human condition as a server

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Jordan Guinn

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:39 am, Wed Jun 22, 2011.

I've never exactly been a compassionate person, and my stint as a restaurant server only further eroded my ability to empathize with my fellow human beings.

Besides, I was too busy making money to get swept up in human drama like heartbreak or hard times — unless, of course, it was for my own amusement.

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1 comment:

  • Connie Rill posted at 9:30 am on Fri, Jun 24, 2011.

    mezzo Posts: 5

    Let's hear from the restaurant patron in response to the sardonic diatribe denegrating restaurant patrons, homeless, the extravagant and gluttonous. Dining out is a luxurious experience marred only by a server with distain for the customer. My tip calculation has nothing to do with handouts to an unfortunate passerby. Good thing I'm not a mind reader, or the tip would include deductions for disingenuous service. Profiting from human misery as a struggling couple reaches to find lost common ground is not something to brag about. Where would this server be if the well-financed gentleman didn't spend money in the restaurant on over-priced meals? Unemployed, that's where. When I ask for recommendations from the server, I'm not trying to impress, I'm just trying to educate myself through what I assume to be an educated opinion. While my entertainment dollar is finite, don't bite the hand that feeds you by scorning those with plenty enough to pay for personal attention during an elegant meal. I look forward to having a glass of wine served by this author and will attempt to temper his coal heart with good humor and generousity so he can see how the other half truly enjoys and appreciates an occasional forray into gluttony and extravagance.



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