January 29, 2015 by Diniquette
Here is something that I witnessed the other night while dining out:
There was a party of 6 having dinner, celebrating one of the parties birthday, and there were gifts galore. As she was opening all of these gifts, she was leaving all of the wrappings all over the table….amongst the water glasses, dessert plates, coffee cups, wine glasses, etc.
As they were leaving, they left a pile of wrappings on the table that looked like 3 toddlers went to town on Christmas morning.
The service staff, doing their job, cleared away all of the wrappings, so they could then clear and reset the table for the next reservation.
As the birthday girl was walking out the door, she realized that she didn’t have one of her 10 gifts and asked to have all of her wrappings back so she could check them….the wrappings were now in the trash and the birthday girl said to the manager: “well, then I guess you’re going to have to dig thru the trash, aren’t you!”
Ok: let’s talk about this…..
A) You brought in the wrappings to the restaurant, you should take them out. If you don’t want to do that, then ASK your server if it’s ok for them to dispose of them. It’s respectful and quite frankly not their job to get rid of your trash that you bring in from outside the restaurant; (and don’t get me started on the people who walk into a 3 star restaurant with a Starbucks in their hand and keep it displayed for all to see on their table)….that’s a blog for a different day.
B) If you leave your trash behind after you pay and leave the table; it will promptly be disposed of. It’s not the restaurants responsibility to rummage thru your person packages to make sure you remembered to remove the actual gift…that’s on you.
C) To tell the manager or any employee of the restaurant that you expect them to dig thru trash because YOU didn’t have enough respect for your gift to pull it aside; that’s on you. If YOU want to dig thru the trash, go ahead. Again, you brought in the gifts, you opened the gifts, you made the mess and then walked away from said mess…this is all you.
Please remember, when you are dining out, this is not your living room. Though all restaurants want you to feel at home and want you to have a fantastic experience, that doesn’t mean you can treat them as if they are your servants. Servers and Servants….2 different things.
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