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Too many rude comments. Too many arrogant individuals acting like they can throw money at us to get their way. Too many cocky jerks. No one gets to treat my staff like trash…. If you push your servers, watch them start to push back. We are here to ensure great food, drinks and quality of your time spent with us. We are not here to be abused. We will not tolerate that anymore.”
A group of responders to the post suggest that restaurants have taken advantage of people’s patience, blaming staffing shortages and COVID for indifferent attitudes and poor service from staff.
A person identified as Max S. from Grand Rapids, Michigan, gave East Park a one-star review on Yelp and offered the following criticism: “Owner claims ‘short-staffing’ and rude customers, but the bottom line is the staff treats customers like crap and provide terrible service and don’t want accountability. When we were there, multiple servers were milling around, ignoring tables, chatting amongst themselves. Terrible service, terrible attitudes for friendly visitors.”
I obviously don’t know what went on in a Michigan restaurant, but I know what I have experienced in restaurants and many other places where I live since the Wuhan virus freakout: rude, badly-trained and supervised staff, long waits because of understaffing, and a general attitude that servers, clerks and other are doing customers a favor by engaging with them at all. It took me 20 minutes, in a short line, to get an order from Wendy’s yesterday, because there was insufficient staff and those who were there showed no urgency at all.
3. Life imitates Gilbert and Sullivan. In my favorite Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, “Ruddigore, (or The Witch’s Curse),” there is a running joke about the small town having an unemployed group of “professional bridesmaids,” an inherently silly and typically Gilbertian idea. Ah, but not in the era of The Great Stupid! Here, Jen Glantz reveals that she is a professional bridesmaid and has plied her trade in more than 100 ceremonies. Does anyone else find this practice a teeny bit deceptive? Or are bridesmaids legitimately regarded as props and set dressing, like flowers and rice?
4. Back to “Billions” for a moment…A character on “Billions,” one of the most interesting in a cast of interesting characters, is “non-binary,” played by a gutsy and powerful performer named Asia Kate Dillon. Dillon is also non-binary, declared female at birth but decidedly ambiguous sexually in appearance, manner, body and voice. Like the character (Taylor Mason), Asia wants to be called “they,” and the Wikipedia entry for the actor is virtually unreadable as a result. (“They are non-binary and were assigned female at birth. Dillon explained that around 2015, they began removing gendered pronouns from their biography, and auditioning for the part of Mason helped them understand their gender identity.”) Here is Asia as Taylor:
“They” is ridiculous for a single person and an English abomination, but I must confess, watching the show I am genuinely puzzled as to what I would call a colleague like Taylor Mason. Several characters use “it” and “its,” some out of confusion, and others because of animus and bigotry. Both “him” and “her” seem wrong. Maybe there does need to be an accepted new set of pronouns for such individuals as a matter of fairness, respect and kindness.