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Awkward moment with a waiter (Read 707 times)


Imminent Catastrophe

    Today DW and I sat down in a restaurant and the waiter walked up, said his name then stuck his hand out for a handshake. I thought that was strange and didn't shake his hand. It's not like I think I'm better than him, and I'm not a germophobe but dude, I'm here to eat and that's inappropriate. Then I felt guilty, like I had offended him. Was I wrong? Have you ever had a waiter offer a handshake? It was a first for me.

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    √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

    Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

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      Where you wearing a Boston jacket? Because that would totally explain it.


      Imminent Catastrophe

        Where you wearing a Boston jacket? Because that would totally explain it.

         

         Well, no, the only Boston jacket in our house belongs to my wife and every time I wear it, it's too tight and cuts off my circulation. But I was wearing the Monkey shirt.

        "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

         "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

        "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

         

        √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

        Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

        Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014


        Cool Jump Suit

          That's kind of a tough question.  You want to be personable as a server, but you don't want to be weird or make anyone uncomfortable.  I think the right kind of person can pull it off and make it personable while creating a connection with people.  Others can't pull it off and it makes people a bit uncomfortable.  I can't say I have ever had a server offer a handshake to me though.  My wife used to serve and said she has shaken customers hands, but after the meal as they were leaving. 

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            I asked my coworker the other day about something similar. A waitress came to my table, sat down, and introduced herself to me and DW. I've had this happen before, and I'm fine with it. But I can definitely understand that some people wouldn't be, like my coworker.

             

            The handshake sounds even stranger than sitting down at the table to me. It's a formal greeting, but the formal thing for a waiter to do is to maintain the traditional waiter/patron distance. If you're going to break that barrier, sitting down makes sense, but not a handshake.

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              At least he didn't kiss your cheek.  mwah. mwah.

               

              (and no, I've never had my hand shooken)

               


              Not A Runner

                At least he didn't kiss your cheek.

                 

                Um, yeah.  This friendly neighborhood bartender is ok with regulars not wanting to do the kissy thing when they leave.  A handshake is just fine there, drunky.

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                HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

                  You don't have a Boston jacket?

                   

                  That's probably why, right there.

                   

                  I bought one off the blackmarket two years ago, just to avoid this type of awkwardness from the non-Boston-jacket social underclass.

                  It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.


                  Fat butt on couch

                    I waited tables for a summer.  I can't imagine shaking someone's hand when they sat down, that would have been weird.  And after the meal, I would usually want to boot them on the way out the door for being demanding customers but lousy tippers.

                     

                    I think I will force my kids to wait tables for a summer just so they go to college with their eyes open as to what people are really like...

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