100 No-Nos Insulting to Waiters

Former waiter irked by Bruce Buschel's New York Times list
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2009 9:37 AM CST
100 No-Nos Insulting to Waiters
"No minimum wage job should ever require a list of 100 Don’ts," writes Lauren Bans.   (AP Photo/Christof Stache)

Along with the rest of the world—or at least, frequenters of the New York Times website—Lauren Bans read restaurateur Bruce Buschel’s recent “100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do.” And the former waiter is pretty annoyed. “No minimum wage job should ever require a list of 100 Don’ts,” she writes on DoubleX—and 80% of the rules are “either flat-out insulting or so absurdly obvious they’re insulting.”

Take No. 7, forbidding a waiter from announcing his or her name. “The insinuation being: Do not deign to think you matter, lowly servant. Apparently a $14 bowl of pasta buys you the right to act like a Rockefeller?” Bans writes. “How about a list of Don'ts for restaurant patrons? The first rule being something like: Paying for a meal does not automatically make you master of the universe.”
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