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Friday, October 29, 2010

Why Are Waiters Legitimate Targets for Contempt?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 6:29 PM

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Our favorite morsel from the blogs.

Why do some of us have such contempt for waiters?

On Wednesday we published a listicle by new contributor Michael Procopio, "Why Your Waiter Hates You." I tagged it with the category "LOLS," a hint ― more than a hint ― that Procopio's collection of peeves was meant to be funny. Amusing, anyway, even though his laments about weak tippers and cork sniffers were cemented in experience (Procopio's actually a waiter). But in the 125-plus comments the post's received so far, it's clear that, well, a lot of you just can't fucking stand the people who wait on you.

What gives? Is it that Americans have been brought up to be too individualistic, too independent, to feel entirely comfortable about somebody attending them, especially in as intimate a setting as the table? Is it contempt for working people? Like, anyone smart enough and ambitious enough would've wadded up their apron long ago and gotten a real job? Is it self-consciousness about messing up, mispronouncing foie gras, or fear of cluelessness about ordering wine, or eating a raw oyster without looking stupid?

It's beyond me.

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