September 21st, 2005

That's Funny....

Exciting tale of "customer suckage" here.

[Unknown LJ tag]
... Because I loathe walking into a place of business that promises me in writing another five minutes of full service, and then gives me nothing but attitude instead.

Bad service or no?

This is a QUESTION. I want to hear your input.
We were at a restaurant and a pregnant lady was serving as a waitress. I dont know how pregnant she was, but you could definitely see her stomach protruding...especially because it was mostly uncovered. This is a supposedly nice Italian restaurant and her stomach was hanging out-many inches of it. And she was handling food. And sometimes when she leaned to set food down, her stomach hung on the table.
We were like...seriously grossed out. Someone complained. They made her pull her shirt down and then I didnt see her after that. And some people were angry that people complained because OMG SHE IS PREGNANT!!!BABBIY!!!!!

Now I dont think she should lose her job...but to me thats gross. Really gross. In a restaurant, touching food and tables. I think the manager or managers SHOULD have told her to pull down her shirt or put a more appropriate one on.
So what do you think? Bad service? Should she be reprimanded? Should someone have complained? Or are we being too squeamish?

EDIT-I do not hate pregnant people! I do not hate kids! I think that pregnant people have the right to work! My problem is specifically with the bare body parts rubbing on tables, as well as just general dress code. Its a nice restaurant...not Hooters. If a skinny person was wearing a belly shirt I would probably do a double take as well! (Oh and I clearly stated she should NOT lose her job! Read people read!)

Financial Aid Dept.

Someone I know goes to a local state college. It's an excellent college except for one thing: their financial aid deptartment. Everyone there is very bitchy and generally hard to get along with. The real issue is the way they do financial aid.

Everywhere my friend has applied to they've approved her for full financial aid. She lives with her mother, but she has a daughter and works on and off on top of going to college full time. Most places, just by virtue that she has a daughter, give her full financial aid (she's transferred colleges a few times). However, every time she's applied to this college they've outright said she won't get much of her Pell Grant because she lives with her mom and they would file her as dependant. We spoke with people at other financial aid departments and they've said that since she has a daughter she should get a full grant according to federal guidelines. I'm not sure if just her having a daughter was the big thing, but they said that she should be able to file as an independant. This time around they had told her she would get the full grant, just bring them a copy of her pay stub, but she just got the letter back saying they rejected her claim as independant and she'll have to file as a dependant. Hell, her mother doesn't even make that much, and she's a single mom. I make about as much as her mother does. And even when I was still filing on my parents tax returns I got a full grant.

So aside from their attitudes, is this bad service or are they the only ones doing it right? And if they're in the wrong, how exactly do you fight this kind of thing?