June 13th, 2005

Christmas sushi kitty

Sort of bad service

I say "sort of" because it wasn't earth-shatteringly bad, nor was there any reason to get super-upset, but really, it was annoying...

Saturday night, my guy friend and I had just finished a lovely evening at our favourite hooka place, and I suggested we get some breakfast at Village Inn. This was around midnight, mind you, which wasn't a problem because VI is open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday nights.

We go in to find no one there to seat us. One waiter was talking with the people sitting near the door; after a few minutes he apologized to us, saying he'd seat us if he wasn't with customers. Yeah, really with, looks like you were just shooting the shit. Eventually the hostess comes up from wherever the hell she was, wearing a slinky short red sparkly dress that didn't really suit her, and flipflops, which just made it worse coz her legs looked dumpy. Ummmm...why are you wearing an outfit like that to seat people in a nearly deserted all-day breakfast joint? Whatever, she passed us off to our waiter, who let us sit where we wanted.

I ordered a breakfast burrito without bacon, and my friend ordered a ham and cheese scramble without onions. We waited over a half hour for our food. When our waiter finally came back, my friend asked him what was taking so long. He apologized and explained that there was only one cook. WHAT?! Granted, the place wasn't too busy, but there were about five tables besides us, why did management have only one person cooking?!

I saw something pink in the end of my burrito, and pulled it out. I thought it was an insipid tomato...it was a piece of ham. I had specifically asked for the bacon to be removed from the burrito because I am a vegetarian, not because I don't like bacon. I certainly did NOT ask for ham. I explained this to the waiter, who then divulged that "red and green chili" poured over the burrito was, in fact, actual meat-stew-like-stuff and not chili peppers, as I had thought. Ohhhh boy. Well, he took the burrito away to have it remade without ham and without chili. The cook suggested ranchero sauce instead of the chili, so I opted for that.

Another 15 minutes or so go by and I'm reduced to stealing ham-less bits of my friend's scramble (HIS order was correct) and his fruit salad. Finally, my meatless burrito comes out and I devour it, including the ranchero sauce which was an inspired idea.

My friend paid, and he didn't say anything about my item being discounted or anything, so I suppose he paid full price for everything, despite the problems we had and the wait that prompted me to ask him if I could sue for malnutrition. We didn't get out of there til 2am.

Ah well, there's a reason we call it the Village Idiot.

Yes, I'm broke, but I'm still polite about it

This isn't really bad service, just an annoying occurrance. I ran up to the store a little bit ago, for a pack of cigarettes (yes, I know, no lectures please). I'm relatively broke, so I checked my purse for change, and I had the amount I needed. I got to the convenience store, and sat in my car for a moment, arranging the change so that it would be easier for the cashier to count. I had two dollar bills, two and a half dollars in quarters on top of that, 70 cents in dimes on top of that, a nickel, and a penny, exact change. I went in, and the cashier was leaning against a counter on the other side of the store eating a donut, no big deal, she's entitled to a snack. She came over, I had already put the money down on the counter, splayed out in order so that it was very obvious that I had exact change, all she would have had to do is look at it and count the number of coins. Easy. She looked at me, mouth full of food and smiled. Ew. I ask for a pack of smokes, she gigled, turned around, grabbed the pack, tossed it on the counter where I couldn't reach, put her hand in the middle of the change, and mixed it all up. Then she took about 5 minutes counting it out, screwed up and had to start over. After that she realized that I had given her exact change, so she handed me the pack of smokes. Halfway to the door she said "Wait! You didn't let me scan them!!" WTF? She had them on her side of the counter the entire time she was wasting counting the change, and even if she hadn't, and realized she hadn't scanned them, she's got an entire row of the same exact pack right next to her. I had to muscle my way back between the other customers to get back to the counter so she could scan my pack.
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Baby clouded leopard

I hate waitresses with attitude.

I went out to this diner with some friends that's usually very good last Friday, and the waitress was a total hag. We came in a full hour before the restaurant closed, which is fine because they take orders until half an hour before closing.

The waitress comes and asks for our drink order as soon as we sat down, and I didn't know what I wanted yet, so I told her politely I wasn't sure and I wanted to give her my drink order when she comes back with the other drinks. She snorts and says "Oh, WOW, I can? REALLY?" and walks off. I was pretty shocked by that, because I was just trying to be polite because I know it's annoying to have to stand and wait while a person decides what they want. I didn't want to waste her time.

So she comes back, I order my drink. The rest of my party orders food, but I don't because I had met up with friends RIGHT AFTER going to lunch with my Mom. (I didn't know they wanted to go out to eat, else I would have met up with them later). I wasn't really even thirsty, but I figured I should at least order a drink if I'm going to sit there (and not water, something I had to pay for). When I told the waitress I wasn't going to order food, her reply was "Oh, of course you're not ordering".

The rest of the meal was uneventful except she screwed up my friend's order. She didn't even bother correcting the waitress because she knew she'd get some awful attitude.

The bill came out to $18.somethingunder50cents, and I was pissed my friends left a $3 tip. Normally we would have left like $5 for a bill that much, but I thought she deserved only a 10% tip for her shitty attitude. Is it really to much to ask to expect your server to NOT be a bitch?