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Shut Up and Let Us Eat

Shut Up and Let Us Eat

We dined in Ocean Prime last night on the Boston harbor, one of my favorite places for steaks. We had maybe the finest bone-in filet we’ve ever had, and I sent that message to the kitchen. The drinks and wine were excellent.

But the waiter was a cloying, annoying, interfering guy who thinks constant discussion enhances a meal. His “brief” descriptions of specials took five minutes. He interrupted us twice before we had chosen our dinner. He came over three times while we were eating to check up on us. He was so tone deaf that when I told him the steaks were among the best ever, he then said, “Were they prepared to your liking?”

When he returned my credit card and bill, he said, “Thank you, Alan.”

This is a sign of poor supervision, and an ego that needs restraint. No doubt he thinks he’s an actor just making money as a waiter. But in reality, he’s simply a terrible waiter.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 3

  • Tim Wilson

    October 28, 2017

    For me it is when they arrive just when you put food in your mouth. Or soon after they set your order down and you have yet to take a bit and ask, “how is everything.”

  • Alan Weiss

    October 28, 2017

    I love, “Are you still enjoying this?” when your plate is empty.

  • Tim Ferris

    October 29, 2017

    Same goes for talky limo drivers.

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