(Re post from June 15th, 2007.)
I get it. You are in a hurry. You have to do "x" and you only have "y" amount of time to do it in, and now you are sitting in my section of the restaurant. Like I said, I understand being pressed for time.
So I get you your drinks and food in a timely manner. Then the big statement...
"CHECK PLEASE!"... if you even say this. Usually people are so pressed for time that they cannot even use words to communicate. I usually get the "check gesture" in the air. (We've evolved a long way.) I bring you the check. (I've managed to learn sign language,) ... and instead of paying right away, you leave the check in front of you for the next two hours. Amazing how your schedule freed up so quickly. And wow! Now you have three friends joining you at a table for 1 person. But you still haven't put out some form of payment, and my shift should've been over an hour ago. (You think that I don't have important things to do. I've got blogs to write for the love of corned beef!)
Now I have to do the continual "fly byes." And do the "whoops! I thought you had a credit card out" move, just to get you to pay, and quickly leave. When, that's what you wanted to do in the first place.
Remember, Bartenders and Servers don't pay their rent with compliments.
Until next time,
Bitter? Party of one. Your table is ready.