My girlfriends and I love to check-out the latest & greatest bar and restaurant scene together for a “Girls’ Night Out” type of thing. Therefore, we tend to descend upon hot spots like a posse in a group as large as 8-10 peeps. Occasionally, we catch the condescending look from the wait staff when we ask for separate checks.
I’m not paying for the guzzling appetite of “Lucy the Lush” when I’m a lightweight with a budget to match. I see both sides of this argument as the waiters shouldn’t have to take additional time to remember each of our orders and keep the math straight on a busy night hoping to get a good tip from each for the extra efforts. My question is who is right or wrong here, or who stands on the moral high ground, or what is the right thing to do?
Sober and Sensible
ELV loves seeing groups of drunk women in bars and restaurants. It’s what he calls a TARGET-RICH ENVIRONMENT! He understands, though, that his enthusiasm for your clippy-cloppy-heeled, fake Prada purse, Carrie Bradshaw-wannbe crowd may not be shared by those paid to wait on you.
For better or worse, groups of women, like groups of dentists or aerospace engineers, aren’t as valued as customers as they should be. They are perceived as penny-pinching tightwads who cause more trouble than they are worth with such requests as: “May have have the sauce on the side?” or “Could you check with the sommelier about what the relative brix of the grapes was at harvest?” Add these to the burdens of a harried waitstaff and you have a recipe for a failed relationship.
When you pester the waitstaff with what YOU want, a la Carrie with her CONSTANT NAGGING of Mr. Big in seasons 1-4, all you do is drive them away. Better to kneel before Zod, a la Samantha and her early days with Smith Jerrod, in order to win their trust, confidence, and the occasional free Jäger shot.
The fact of the matter is, your waiter is much more in charge of your happiness than you are. You must submit to him, playfully at first, and then, as your evening progresses from one slow, sultry stage to the next, completely and passionately to his turgid-yet-tender demands. In other words: SEPARATE CHECKS ENSURE CELIBACY! You could look it up.