Would You Like Toast With That?

October 25, 2007

in Server Stories

My father wanted to have lunch for the purpose of making an important announcement, he had decided to remarry, and so we went to a restaurant near my sister’s home. It was a nice enough looking place, I’d describe it as a step up from the “flare” type of eatery, and since it was lunch time we ordered sandwiches.

First, Dad orders a tuna salad sandwich which earned him a lecture from the haughty waiter that it’s not “tuna salad” but just tuna. Sorry, but anyplace I’ve ever gone that made shredded tuna with mayonnaise has called that tuna salad. Whatever, he should have known what was meant and held his tongue. Then he asked if he wanted the bread toasted. This guy was real big on pushing toast.

For myself I ordered a ham sandwich. I was asked if I wanted it toasted and I said no. I can’t remember what my sister ordered.

So my food shows up and it wasn’t ham and it was on toast. I pointed out that it wasn’t what I ordered and the waiter offered a weak apology but then added “you did ask for toast, though.” No, I did not ask for toast. It was this pony tailed passive-aggressive “server” who was all about toast, not me.

Dad was paying, so the waiter earned his standard 15% before taxes tip. If it was me, I would have stiffed him. Dude was definitely in the wrong business.

I don’t think that restaurant is around anymore.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

anony-mosity November 20, 2009 at 7:45 pm

standard 15% BEFORE taxes?? you're supposed to tip on the ENTIRE bill, not just the untaxed amount.


No tip on tax June 14, 2018 at 10:57 pm

"you're supposed to tip on the ENTIRE bill" – who made up that rule?

No way should a tip be calculated on the taxed amount!


Jess November 20, 2009 at 10:13 pm

So basically you're angry because the server got your order wrong. Fair enough but did you really have to write a post about it? Not the worst thing in the world.


Slotper December 3, 2009 at 4:53 am

Just dont tip.

It will catch on.


REDJIM December 6, 2009 at 12:31 pm

anony-mosity, you're a server, right?

A diner is NEVER to tip on the bill PLUS fare. Food & drink only.


REDJIM December 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm

A diner is NEVER to tip on the bill PLUS tax. Food & drink only.


College Kid November 2, 2010 at 11:32 am

I love how servers bitch about ONLY getting 12 or 15 percent when they messed up an order or "there was a misscommunication" if you want to be PC about it. But seriously, anytime you get anything you should be happy, as that most people will use an error as an excuse to leave you a couple bucks or just stiff ya.


Kristie November 16, 2017 at 2:48 am

If that was a such terrible experience for her? I want her life. Also 15% with or without tax is not a great tip. I don't cry about wrong orders or even slow service i tip 20-30% always. I don't look for reasons to be cheap because I'm just a happy person. If a server was rude, maybe? But I can't think of even one time that has happened to me.


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