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Etiquette Tip of the Week: The Most Cowardly Act

Published: 22 July 2010
created by Culture and Manners Institute

If you have an interview or a business meeting with a potential client at a restaurant, kill your wait staff with kindness.  How you treat the wait staff is a reflection of how you will treat others -- whether they are people reporting to you in the workplace, co-workers or the clients themselves.Mistakes are made.  Be patient and try not to send an item back unless it is so dangerously undercooked that it is crawling off the plate.  Do not make the wait staff run back and forth to the kitchen. Avoid giving special instructions that might make you appear high maintenance. ("I'd like a slice of lemon in my water...I'd like the poppy seed dressing on the side...")  If you are on a diet, the diet resumes after the business meal.

People who like to show the wait staff who is boss end up looking like jerks.  Bullying the wait staff is the most cowardly act, because they cannot fight back without a possibility of losing their job.  Treat the wait staff as you would like to be treated if you were the one serving the meal and handling five other tables.

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