Prissy Waiter

May 30, 2009

in Server Stories

My parents liked taking my fiancé and me out to a local chain restaurant that prides itself on authentic Italian food. We went to this place about twice a month and usually had great service and heavenly food. One time, however, the waiter was so rude and prissy that it made me consider switching to a different place for our get togethers.

On this day we were in the middle of a heat wave. The temperature that day was in the high 90’s, close to 100 degrees. We went to eat with hopes of having a light lunch and finishing with some ice cream. When we got seated, we were directly below a vent for the air conditioning. Considering the temperature outside was so high and the kitchen was full of boiling pots and pizza ovens, they needed to have the air conditioner set to Arctic Blast just to make it comfortably cool inside the restaurant.

I was on the receiving end of the freezing air, which was blowing directly down my shirt! My teeth literally started to chatter. When our server came to the table, I planned to ask for us to be moved to a table that wasn’t directly in the path of frigid air. I began by saying “I’m a bit cold here…” and before I could even finish my sentence, he snarled “Well, didn’t you bring a coat!!!” His tone was so snide and snippy that my mouth fell open in shock. I mean he literally barked at me like I was a panhandler or something.

I replied “It’s a hundred degrees outside…” while looking at him like he had 3 heads. Who in world walks around with a coat in the middle of a heat wave???

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Hugh June 5, 2009 at 2:56 am

Since you were regulars, you were probably known by some or most of the staff. Did you mention this incident to anyone? Did you ask for a new waiter?


MW July 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Ugh, please go die. He's probably pissed because he got stuck with you guys, and I bet you're known for tipping shit.


JM August 6, 2009 at 6:14 am

Ok, a little common sense here: You know the restaurants (and stores) will have the A/C on. How much effort does it take to carry a hoodie or light sweater in your car, or with you?


Ferocious kitty January 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Uh in a heatwave DUMBNUT? I bet they laugh at you for carrying yours around year round.


Amber May 12, 2016 at 2:36 pm

I don't know, 37 C is barely a heat wave, that's simply called summer. And yes it's completely reasonable to carry a light sweater when you know you will be going to a restaurant. Restaurants are commonly cold during the summer months. The waiter handled that poorly, but if you get cold easily, like most women seem to, then you either suck it up or bring a sweater.


dickens August 12, 2009 at 12:13 am

moron, it's a fuckin joke. who would have a coat in 100 degree weather stupid


Damon October 15, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Us servers are running our asses off, sometimes, and never notice the cold because we are hot. So its very hard to relate when customers complain about the temp. I generally try to move them but moving is hard too cuz you don't wanna move the guests out of your section and lose the table!


A Mom February 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm

100 plus temps are normal where I live, and I carry a light jacket everywhere. Feels silly if you aren't used to it, but necessary. The last thing I want while dining out is someones sweat in my food.


Amber May 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm

100 is simply summer where I am, that's pretty much the base July and August temps, a heat wave is more like 113.


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