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Andrew Monroe
04-08-2003, 09:37 PM
Originally posted by smashism
Most of these fools are just there trying to send a message to the others around them: "hey, look at me... I'm intelligent... look what I'm reading!". They desperately hope some attractive bookish woman will come up to them and say "Oh! I see you're reading Rimbaud! I LOVE Rimbaud! Let's go back to my place and fuck!"

I think you got it right there.

LOL,Michael,reading at a concert.That`s a knee slapper.Maybe I need to start reading while I cut the grass.

scott favareille
04-09-2003, 02:28 PM
I got a good one.

I once went to a movie theater, and someone brought a portable TV with them & was watching it during the movie! And the guy had no earphones. Someone actually got rather upset and there was a small scuffle before theater staff came in & kicked the two guys out(the TV guy & the guy who got upset)--BTW, this was at a "discount" theater.

Betsy Young
04-09-2003, 02:40 PM
Originally posted by scott favareille
I got a good one.

I once went to a movie theater, and someone brought a portable TV with them & was watching it during the movie! And the guy had no earphones. Someone actually got rather upset and there was a small scuffle before theater staff came in & kicked the two guys out(the TV guy & the guy who got upset)--BTW, this was at a "discount" theater.

Yep, that would have burned my ass too. This is the same asshole who is sitting next to you and doesn't turn their cell phone off and answers a call RIGHT there in the theatre. I felt like slugging the prick, or at the very least shoved a straw REAL HARD up his nose....but I would have to get another straw and miss the movie. Nah. Slamming him hard in the nads would cure him FOREVER of any further rudeness. Then next time he's with his SO and he finds he can't achieve a hard-on, he remember ME ;) Sorry, but I'm hardcore when it comes to watching movies and I don't tolerate rudeness in theatres well.

Jared M
04-09-2003, 02:42 PM
simple solution to cell phones and theaters:

1)grab phone
2)throw

.

Betsy Young
04-09-2003, 03:27 PM
Originally posted by Jared Mathis
simple solution to cell phones and theaters:

1)grab phone
2)throw

.

Hehe...I actually thought about doing that to some stupid ignorant twat. Actually, I thought of either shoving the thing up her ass or making her eat. One of the two would have sufficed. :)

Yes, I have a violent streak. ;)

mark t
04-09-2003, 03:28 PM
Okay, here's my deal. I read at the bar. Not that i'm going out to a freakin' nightclub and standing on the dance floor reading, but i do drop by the pub, local watering hole, whatever with a book.
Here's my reason....I love reading. I'm always reading. I read at work, i read on the can, i read before i go to sleep, etc. I'm also an alcoholic. This means that i will often go to a bar by myself and drink. I bring a book. It's good company. I don't know if it makes me look intellectual or not, but that's why i do it. I would however, never complain about the music being too loud, or read at a fucking concert...or bring a portable TV to the movies. My love of reading is matched only by my love of cheap, tawdry sex, and cheap, tawdry alcohol.

mark t
04-09-2003, 03:30 PM
Originally posted by Goblingoddess
Hehe...I actually thought about doing that to some stupid ignorant twat. Actually, I thought of either shoving the thing up her ass or making her eat. One of the two would have sufficed. :)

Yes, I have a violent streak. ;)


and my love for foul mouthed, violent chicks. and the word, "twat". :)

Betsy Young
04-09-2003, 03:36 PM
Originally posted by mark tolch
Okay, here's my deal. I read at the bar. Not that i'm going out to a freakin' nightclub and standing on the dance floor reading, but i do drop by the pub, local watering hole, whatever with a book.
Here's my reason....I love reading. I'm always reading. I read at work, i read on the can, i read before i go to sleep, etc. I'm also an alcoholic. This means that i will often go to a bar by myself and drink. I bring a book. It's good company. I don't know if it makes me look intellectual or not, but that's why i do it. I would however, never complain about the music being too loud, or read at a fucking concert...or bring a portable TV to the movies. My love of reading is matched only by my love of cheap, tawdry sex, and cheap, tawdry alcohol.

Well said, Mark. I also love to read. I once brought a notebook and book to a nightclub once and over my Yeungling lager I wrote a poem or two and read my book. Noone bothered me nor even cared that I was reading. However a very nice gentleman came over to keep me company. He didn't hit on me, (which I appreciated) but we had a very nice conversation. A book is very nice company. When I go out to dinner at my local diner, I bring whatever book I happen to be reading with me. Since I'm a regular at the joint, they don't bother me about it and I always make sure that I leave whoever waited on me a nice big tip (at least $5 no matter what the bill is), as a way of saying "thank-you for letting me enjoy my book while I eat your food". I don't see what's wrong with reading like that in public places. I've never complained about music being too loud or people having loud conversations. When I'm involved with my reading I'm able to shut out the world.

Betsy Young
04-09-2003, 03:44 PM
Originally posted by mark tolch
and my love for foul mouthed, violent chicks. and the word, "twat". :)

WELL, I GET PISSED GODDAMMIT!! :D

There's just too many things to get you pissed off when you're trying to watch movies...

Like some dumb-ass couple who brings their screaming infant to an R-rated movie and doesn't have the decency nor the intelligence to get a baby-sitter.

Or a bunch of ignorant teenagers who laugh and talk out loud during a serious movie that YOU'RE trying your damnest to watch...and it's subtitled and their constant yammering makes you distracted. Don't you feel like wringing their freaking necks?! I know I do.

Oh, and thank you, Mark!

:D:)

Travis Sheldon
04-09-2003, 06:32 PM
Originally posted by Goblingoddess
WELL, I GET PISSED GODDAMMIT!! :D

There's just too many things to get you pissed off when you're trying to watch movies...

Like some dumb-ass couple who brings their screaming infant to an R-rated movie and doesn't have the decency nor the intelligence to get a baby-sitter.

Or a bunch of ignorant teenagers who laugh and talk out loud during a serious movie that YOU'RE trying your damnest to watch...and it's subtitled and their constant yammering makes you distracted. Don't you feel like wringing their freaking necks?! I know I do.

Oh, and thank you, Mark!

:D:)

I love Carlin references. ;)

Betsy Young
04-09-2003, 06:42 PM
Originally posted by Travis Sheldon
I love Carlin references. ;)

Geez, I was wondering when someone was going to get it. ;)

Carlin rules! :D

mark t
04-10-2003, 08:20 AM
Originally posted by smashism
I love reading and I love my alky-hol.

It's because I love reading that I can't understand wanting to do it in a place full of distractions and piss-poor lighting.

If I'm gonna drink and read, I do it at home.


I don't get distracted when i read. I get completely absorbed in the book. I'll come up for air to light a cigarette, or take a swig of beer, but then i'm back down again. I do see your point though...I know lots of people from "back in tha day" that would bring books by Rimbaud, Hemingway, Burroughs, etc, to a bar, just to look like intellectuals...it's ridiculous.

If i drank at home, my parents would yell at me. Snicker. I wish i was joking.*


*When my wife and i separated, i moved back to my parent's house, because my head was a mess, and i needed "stability". Bad fucking decision on my part. Since that moment, all i hear is "Where were you last night?" "Have you been drinking?" "You're going out? Don't you have to work tomorrow?" "Why don't you spend your money on something that you need, instead of all this stuff that you just want?" "Is that another new guitar?" "Why does it sound like you're watching porn in there?" :) I wish i was exagerrating.

Betsy Young
04-10-2003, 09:45 AM
Originally posted by mark tolch
I don't get distracted when i read. I get completely absorbed in the book. I'll come up for air to light a cigarette, or take a swig of beer, but then i'm back down again. I do see your point though...I know lots of people from "back in tha day" that would bring books by Rimbaud, Hemingway, Burroughs, etc, to a bar, just to look like intellectuals...it's ridiculous.

If i drank at home, my parents would yell at me. Snicker. I wish i was joking.*


*When my wife and i separated, i moved back to my parent's house, because my head was a mess, and i needed "stability". Bad fucking decision on my part. Since that moment, all i hear is "Where were you last night?" "Have you been drinking?" "You're going out? Don't you have to work tomorrow?" "Why don't you spend your money on something that you need, instead of all this stuff that you just want?" "Is that another new guitar?" "Why does it sound like you're watching porn in there?" :) I wish i was exagerrating.

Geez, I'm glad that my parents had already moved down to Florida when I separated from my ex...we're divorced now. :) Actually, I wish my parents were with me while I was going through the divorce proceedings. Then maybe I would probably be better of. Wish you well. It ain't easy but it gets better. Believe me.

mark d.
04-10-2003, 10:30 AM
I once went to an exclusive restaurant and was ready to chow down on my $20 T-Bone when a cell phone began to ring at a nearby table. It rang about thirty times and no one answered it. When I turned around to see where the cell phone was; I became aware of the fact that the cell phone was sitting at an unoccupied table! The woman at the table was in the ladies room!

When she returned to the ringing of her cell phone; she picked it up and screamed into it "Who the hell is this?" Remember now...this is a usually quiet and expensive restaurant and I was enjoying a $20 steak and this bitch had a voice that cut through you like a knife! She had one of those irritating screechy voices (I can only imagine the sound of her shrieks when she's getting laid!)

I politely asked the waitress to inform the lady (and I use that term loosely), that other diners were being disturbed by her cell phone. The waitress looked at me and said "Cell phones aren't against the law! I can't tell her to stop talking on her phone!" The waitress walked away.

The lady on the cell phone was talking to her kids and screaming at them "When I get home you little bastards are going to be sorry! Behave!" After about 15 minutes of this raving lunacy, the waitress received so many complaints from diners that she finally told the woman to end her phone call or go into the bathroom or outside to talk. The woman put her hand over the phone and told the waitress "Fuck off! I'm talking to my kids!" The manager intervened so the woman finally ended her call. End of story? Hell no!

The woman put the cell phone in her purse and proceeded to the pay phone, called home and continued ranting and raving at her kids. The restaurant staff gave up on her rather quickly. My nice quiet meal, and other diners, was quickly ended. When I left, I did not put a tip on the table but instead, penned a brief note. It read "The steak was fine but the atmosphere here sucks! No peace...no quiet...no tip!!!

As for the bitch on the phone, she was still screaming into the pay phone when I left the restaurant!!! Some people can't live two minutes without having a cell phone against their ear. I just wish it were legal tio shove it up their ass, instead!

John G.
04-10-2003, 10:38 AM
Originally posted by mark d.
"The steak was fine but the atmosphere here sucks! No peace...no quiet...no tip!!!
From my experiences as a waiter, I just wanted to say that what you did was NOT cool... If anything, blame the manager of the restaurant and never come back again, not some poor waitress who makes below minimum wage and lives off of her tip money. Yeah, you sure made your point by making that girl work for you and then not leaving her a dime because of some other jackass customer... I guess that makes another thing that pisses me off... customers who don't leave tip, especially those who lame excuses to justify their actions... :rolleyes:

mark t
04-10-2003, 10:57 AM
Originally posted by John Gargo
I guess that makes another thing that pisses me off... customers who don't leave tip, especially those who lame excuses to justify their actions... :rolleyes:

I worked my ass of in high school, and i wasn't fortunate enough to have a job that society deemed tip-worthy.

Anyways, yeah, john, i agree with you, but still, prompter results from the waitress, ie. telling the manager right away that there was a problem, or asking the woman nicely might have helped...myself, the only time i haven't left a tip is when the service has been downright bad, or the waiter/waitress was a pain in the ass.

Betsy Young
04-10-2003, 01:39 PM
Originally posted by mark d.
I once went to an exclusive restaurant and was ready to chow down on my $20 T-Bone when a cell phone began to ring at a nearby table. It rang about thirty times and no one answered it. When I turned around to see where the cell phone was; I became aware of the fact that the cell phone was sitting at an unoccupied table! The woman at the table was in the ladies room!

When she returned to the ringing of her cell phone; she picked it up and screamed into it "Who the hell is this?" Remember now...this is a usually quiet and expensive restaurant and I was enjoying a $20 steak and this bitch had a voice that cut through you like a knife! She had one of those irritating screechy voices (I can only imagine the sound of her shrieks when she's getting laid!)

I politely asked the waitress to inform the lady (and I use that term loosely), that other diners were being disturbed by her cell phone. The waitress looked at me and said "Cell phones aren't against the law! I can't tell her to stop talking on her phone!" The waitress walked away.

The lady on the cell phone was talking to her kids and screaming at them "When I get home you little bastards are going to be sorry! Behave!" After about 15 minutes of this raving lunacy, the waitress received so many complaints from diners that she finally told the woman to end her phone call or go into the bathroom or outside to talk. The woman put her hand over the phone and told the waitress "Fuck off! I'm talking to my kids!" The manager intervened so the woman finally ended her call. End of story? Hell no!

The woman put the cell phone in her purse and proceeded to the pay phone, called home and continued ranting and raving at her kids. The restaurant staff gave up on her rather quickly. My nice quiet meal, and other diners, was quickly ended. When I left, I did not put a tip on the table but instead, penned a brief note. It read "The steak was fine but the atmosphere here sucks! No peace...no quiet...no tip!!!

As for the bitch on the phone, she was still screaming into the pay phone when I left the restaurant!!! Some people can't live two minutes without having a cell phone against their ear. I just wish it were legal tio shove it up their ass, instead!

Hehe...my vote goes to shoving it up their ass! ;) That's why I have mine turned off when I'm dining or any where for that matter. I have the cell phone for emergency use ONLY and if I have to call someone, I wait until I'm in my car. No one needs to hear my conversation and I tend to talk loud into the phone because I tend not to be able to hear the other person on the end very well and I assume that they can't hear me. Cell phones are more than a pain then their worth.

Cam F
04-10-2003, 02:59 PM
John, I too was a waiter and know the frustrations of getting stiffed.

But I also worked with a lot of bonehead waiters who were rude to customers. And it didn't bother me one damn bit if they got stiffed. Waiters don't automatically deserve tips. They have to earn them as far as I'm concerned.

The waitress in Mark's story handled the situation poorly. I might not have completely stiffed her, but she wouldn't have gotten more than ten percent out of me.

I bent over backwards to make a customer happy. Didn't always work. I got stiffed plenty. But I was never rude to anyone (at least, never intentionally).

I have to say though, I am an excellent tipper. If I get decent to great service, I'll leave twenty percent or more if it's really great. Mediocre service; fifteen percent. Yeah, I know, I'm too nice.

scott favareille
04-10-2003, 05:14 PM
This has to do with "pizza delivery drivers"

Last night, my girlfriend ordered a pizza from a small pizza takeout place. After she hung up, she called back and forgot to mention about her coupon. The person who answered the phone(same person both times) said that "Too late, we can't honor the coupon", so she decided to cancel the order. Both times, the clerk hung up. About 40 minutes later, the pizza was delivered, even though she had told them to "cancel the order". She got into an arguement with the delivery person, who called the pizza shop, & my girlfriend then talked to the person on the phone(the same person she had spoken to twice). The person on the phone was very beligerant and just wanted to argue. My girlfriend did not want the pizza so the delivery guy left with the pizza(& no money).

IN the past, she has ordered pizza(& pays cash, usually a $20 bill) and the delivery guys say "I have no change"(thinking that the remainder they can keep as tip)--She has found this practice to be irritating(& if anything, decreases the chance of getting a tip).

As for the cell phone going off, if the dolt wasn't there, how about going to the phone & shutting it off.

John G.
04-10-2003, 05:31 PM
Originally posted by DarkerShade
I have to say though, I am an excellent tipper. If I get decent to great service, I'll leave twenty percent or more if it's really great. Mediocre service; fifteen percent. Yeah, I know, I'm too nice.
Oh, I'm the same way, and so are the other waiters/waitresses that I've gone to eat lunch with... I think it's because we appreciate just what a hard job it is to make the customer happy. I can't imagine not leaving anything...

mark t
04-10-2003, 05:34 PM
In the case of pizza delivery guys not having change, here's what to do....i'll play a scenario here for you:

PIZZA GUY: Sorry, I don't have change for that

ME: You don't have the change for this? were you expecting that i'd have the exact amount on me?

PIZZA GUY: I don't know what to tell you, they don't give us a float or anything for change.

ME: Okay, well, you're going to have to wait here then. I certainly can't part with this much money, and not get any change.

PIZZA GUY: Wait for what?

ME: I'm going to have to walk down to the store and get change then.

PIZZA GUY: Hold on, i might have some change in my car. I'll check.

ME: Okay.

PIZZA GUY RETURNS: Here's your change. (Hands over exact change from float that he had all along)

ME: Thank you. (Door shuts in pizza guy's face)

Believe me, next time you order pizza from the same place, the guy will have more than enough change for you.

Joe L
04-10-2003, 05:34 PM
I always leave good tips and have a hard time recalling a time where I DIDN'T leave anything - but I'm sure I have stiffed someone for lousy service at some time or another, and rightly so. As for the job being tough or not paying much, I'd suggest waiters/waitresses find something else, then. :)

Joe L
04-10-2003, 05:38 PM
Originally posted by Dr. ill
Oh, and when I ask for my bill, don't go away for 20 minutes and take orders from other diners while I wait patiently. Don't make me hunt you down!

Oh, I hate that. You want to get the hell out of there and the waiter never checks over to see if you want him. You have to try to find HIM. I call it being "held hostage" -- you want to leave but you can't. Sometimes it takes forever.

John G.
04-10-2003, 05:43 PM
Originally posted by Joe L.
Oh, I hate that. You want to get the hell out of there and the waiter never checks over to see if you want him. You have to try to find HIM. I call it being "held hostage" -- you want to leave but you can't. Sometimes it takes forever.
If it's busy, it's a lose-lose situation for the waiter/waitress... You want to get the hell out of here, and the other table wants to order... Of course, everyone wants to be first in line, so you're going to piss somebody off... Waiters can't be in two places at one time and despite what the customer thinks, the restaurant DOESN'T revolve around them... Get over yourselves...

Joe L
04-10-2003, 05:47 PM
Originally posted by John Gargo
If it's busy, it's a lose-lose situation for the waiter/waitress... You want to get the hell out of here, and the other table wants to order... Of course, everyone wants to be first in line, so you're going to piss somebody off... Waiters can't be in two places at one time and despite what the customer thinks, the restaurant DOESN'T revolve around them... Get over yourselves...

You understandably feel this way because you've been in their shoes; but since I haven't, I really don't care. And believe me, this inability to keep an eye on their tables has even occurred when the place is empty.

As I said earlier, if it's too tough a job for them and the money stinks, they can find another job.

John G.
04-10-2003, 05:50 PM
Originally posted by Joe L.
You understandably feel this way because you've been in their shoes; but since I haven't, I really don't care. And believe me, this inability to keep an eye on their tables has even occurred when the place is empty.

As I said earlier, if it's too tough a job for them and the money stinks, they can find another job.
Joe... you are the reason why I hate customers! ;)

Joe L
04-10-2003, 05:59 PM
Originally posted by John Gargo
Joe... you are the reason why I hate customers! ;)

You'd love to serve me -- If you read my first post you'd note I said I always leave a very good tip and am hard pressed to recall a time I did not, although I know it's happened for bad service - and rightly so. But hell, even if I DIDN'T want to be nice to a waiter or waitress I always act nice and patient - after all, it doesn't pay to be a bastard when someone's handling your food. ;)

mark d.
04-11-2003, 09:25 AM
Let me just clear up one point regarding my story.

The waitresses remark "It's not illegal to use a cell phone in public" is just as bad as giving poor service and here's why.

When I go to an exclusive restaurant and plan on having a QUIET meal and paying decent money for the food; I should expect some peace and quiet. If that is not the case; it is the employee's job to hush noisy customers; whether that employee is the actual manager or a waitress. Part of giving good service is what their job is. I DO tip at least $4 for a meal at this restaurant always and I NEVER stiff a waitress in training or one who is polite and apologizes for assorted dining problems. This waitress refused to do anything but make the cell phone isn't illegal remark and it wasn't just what she said; but the tone of voice she said it in (it was one of those "go away and don't bother me" attitudes). Her refusal to do ANYTHING is what went straight up my ass!

The fact that waitresses are underpaid and overworked is a point that the waitress should take up with her manager. I shouldn't have to supplement her piss-poor income when I receive piss-poor service. I thought that perhaps, this waitress could learn a lesson by knowing WHY I didn't leave a tip by informing her by note about the unresolved noise problems.

I don't expect total silence in a restaurant, either. I have dined many many times in a restaurant populated by screaming toddlers. I ALWAYS excuse those incidents because I realize that kids will be kids. When parents of screaming children turn to me and apologize for the noise, I am ALWAYS polite and say "Don't worry about it. Kids will be kids!" But when a 40 year old screams at her kids into a cell phone (and the bitch should know better!) and the waitress refuses to do anything about it (or inform the manager a problem exists) that goes right up my ass! Oh by the way, when a manager was finally informed it was ANOTHER waitress who told him, not mine!

Richard Sweeney
04-11-2003, 10:24 AM
Cell phones are a major irritation to me anyway. I was walking though a mall yesterday (Easton mall to be exact) and I did a ramdom sampling of how many people were on cell phones. In a walk though there were about 20 people on cell phones. It was not very crowded, and it was about 50/50 between men and women. On guy was talking while taking a piss!

Common people, give it a rest!

Aleck Bennett
04-11-2003, 12:06 PM
Originally posted by CharlieRogers
Cell phones are a major irritation to me anyway. I was walking though a mall yesterday (Easton mall to be exact) and I did a ramdom sampling of how many people were on cell phones. In a walk though there were about 20 people on cell phones. It was not very crowded, and it was about 50/50 between men and women. On guy was talking while taking a piss!

The funniest thing I've seen regarding cell phones in a long time was in the mall here a couple weeks back. I passed by one of those cell phone "stores" and there were 5 people in there. And every single one of them was talking on a cell phone! The people behind the counter and the customers as well. I just kept thinking that the customers were actually on the phone with the people behind the counter.

Kyle Bachman
04-15-2003, 11:56 PM
Originally posted by mark tolch
I worked my ass of in high school, and i wasn't fortunate enough to have a job that society deemed tip-worthy.

an all too familiar Reservoir Dogs line, that i happen to agree with