Like a moth to a flame…

Recently, during a rather busy bar shift I became “inspired” by one of my guests.  As I looked up from the ice bin I had been face first in for the last nine hours, in she walked.

Like a breath of fresh air in her cream-colored blouse, gray pencil skirt and black heels with her wavy brown hair pinned back by designer sunglasses.  I watched as she exchanged pleasantries with some of the other patrons all while making her way around the bar towards the last two tables we had available.

That’s when “it” happened.  “Inspiration” reared up and kicked me square in the freakin’ face!

POW

WHY IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY DO PEOPLE SIT AT THE DIRTY TABLE INSTEAD OF THE CLEAN TABLE?!

Which one of these things is not like the other?

Which one of these things is not like the other?

It never fails!  It’s bad enough when one person makes this decision, BUT when a group comes in and not one in the bunch has the good sense to pick the clean table it boggles my mind.  It shakes me at my core. I worry for our society . It is these types of problem solving “skills” that will render us extinct by the year 2050.

Is it because you like the “lived-in” look?

Do you like the warmth left behind in the seat by the previous person’s ass?

Is it because you don’t want to mess up the clean table?

Ugh! WHY?

Can anyone out there answer this for me?!

Do you have any idea how hard it is for any of us servers to be nice to you when you do this?

It hurts me to even smile at you.

It takes all I have not to yell, “WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?”! Followed by a strategically placed slap to the side of your head.

So do me and the rest of us in the service industry a favor –

SIT AT THE CLEAN TABLE!

Xo, Amy

2 thoughts on “Like a moth to a flame…

  1. It’s all about image. When you assume command of a “dirty” table with lots of empty glasses, it says to newcomers that you mean business and that you’re already somewhat intoxicated, so that any slurred speech and awful pickup lines is not your fault.

    Aside from that, it’s that classic real estate line…. location location location. You need a spot that is an easy walk to the bar, an easy walk to the conference room (toilet) and a location that has a good overview of the local talent. As these locations are so popular, it is very rare to find one in a “clean” state. But it only takes a few seconds to make the table feel like home, with a bit of beer spillage and a wipe of your sleeve, so why not the dirty table!

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