(Re post from November 18th, 2008.)
Didn't your teachers tell you that you couldn't chew gum in class? Well, the same goes for restaurants! And what's even more disgusting is how this is now the server's responsibility to dispose your mangled morsel of Trident.
There are a few people who attempt to have SOME class by asking for a paper napkin to place their gum in and then put it on a plate to be immediately thrown out. But for most... either directly on their dinner plate or better yet, on the TABLE. Now the gum just sits in the middle of a showdown with the server and the customer to see if either one is going get rid of the gum, or if it is going to become a permanent fixture on the table for all to see for weeks to come like an art exhibit on tour at museums across the country.
Is fresh breath necessary before you consume alcohol and food? I can see how Extra's "Bubble-mint" flavored gum really enhances the flavor of a filet and your pinot noir, but if that's the case... swallow it, and be done! And besides, didn't you read the sign, "No outside FOOD or DRINK!"
Remember, Bartenders and Servers don't pay their rent with compliments.
Until next time,
Bitter? Party of one. Your table is ready.