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Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions of a Cynical Waiter (P.S.) Paperback – July 21, 2009
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I found I liked "the waiter" from the beginning. He is cynical, he is funny, he is smart, witty and above all not going to take a lot of "#%*%" from you if you start acting like a moron at the establishment he works at.
In the book you get the real picture of what goes in the back, the tyrannical bosses, the mal-adjusted waitstaff, the psycho customers, the good, the bad and the ugly. There are stories of meat sent back one too many times, a roaming squirrel in the dining room, and the case of the coffee that just wasn't hot enough (until the waiter fixes that for good). As he says in the book "Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Waiter". Rule 1: Always be nice to the waitstaff.
I must admit, that I had never read the waiter's prize winning blog before, so I was completely new to his writing, but hope that he keeps up the writing and entertaining us for years to come, in whatever direction his life takes him.
Oh, and do NOT miss the 40 tips on how to be a good customer, noted in the back of the book. Not only are these written with humor, but are truly those things that many of us fellow diners wish that you would stop (ahem, hel-lo cell phone users.....we are trying to have a romantic dinner here and do not really need to know about your mother's kidney stones).
Great Job "Waiter", I would give you a 25% tip for this one, and a smiley on the check to boot :)
Wishing you much success with the book, it was a great read!
When he sat down his mother, who likely taught him such behavior, said, "First you give them a chance to do it right, then you help them do it right."
We laughed out loud. Their assumption of what they were owed did not disguise the fact they were merely boors.
I'm glad I don't have to deal with such people every day.
But waiters and waitresses do.
The author of this book started out thinking he would like to help people as a priest. He began to study for the priesthood but left when the corruption and the scandals started getting too much. Had a degree in psychology and tried his hand in the mental health care business. Also corrupt and scandal-ridden. Stayed honest, got fired.
Wandered around a little. His brother got him a job in a restaurant. Also corrupt and scandal-ridden, but at least there are no illusions. Stays a waiter. Moves to a nicer place. Begins to write about his experiences on a blog. Then in this book.
That's the background.
The book is a memoir of sorts, but not a typical kind. It's anonymous. It also dwells on a particular setting and makes particular points along the way. It's a memoir with a mission, and this is to illuminate the often hidden world of restaurants.Read more ›
The Waiter details his beginnings at Amici's, where we meet the first of several psychopathic and dysfunctional managers, fellow waiters, and restaurant owners. He survives the baptism, and soldiers on as a manager at The Bistro for the next six odd years. He deftly handles the crucible that is The Bistro throughout a variety of situations; supervising the infamous Russell Crowe visit, deflecting Fluvio's rants and video camera spying, and handling the day to day obnoxious customers. Some of the chapters may have come from his blog postings, but perhaps the more faithful fans can tell me which portions were newly added.
After finishing the book, his rants inspired me to a bit of introspection regarding how to better treat the wait staff. I've asked for a different table other than my assigned table before. It's amazing what waiters have to put up with, and you will definitely appreciate them more after a good reading. Want suggestions on how to tip better? Then check out Chapter 9, ppg. 105-118. The book also comes with appendices on how to be a better customer (when ordering wine, don't sniff the cork), how to tell you're at a bad restaurant (just look at the employees' bathroom), and tips for waiters. And guys, if you're taking a girl out on a date, the Waiter suggests tipping at least 20%, because she will know.
My one complaint against the Waiter? 30 Minute Meals is his favorite show on FoodTV.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Makes you appreciate how badly wait people are treated by the consuming public.Published 8 days ago by upstream
This was interesting and made me think about the waiting profession. I used to wait tables and have never dealt with as many problems as this guy did! Read morePublished 16 days ago by jennybaby
Insightful, lovely writing and seasoned with wit, this rant is a keeper.
If you are looking for a book to share with a friend, this is it.
This book is a must for any hospitality workers and people that have never worked in a restaurant alike. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This isn't even worth a review one way or the other. Wah, Wah, nobody tips as much as I want them to basically sums it up.Published 1 month ago by Annabelle
The author writes in a very amusing, engaging, and personal style. He nails several very real issues that anyone who has worked in food service for any period of time is all too... Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Dean
Having worked in a cafe for one summer doesn't really qualify me as a professional waiter, but I did feel that I understood some of what Dublanica wrote about in Waiter Rant. Read morePublished 2 months ago by hrladyship
If you enjoyed Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, then you should enjoy this book. While Bourdain's book talks about working in restaurants from the viewpoint of the back of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer