Saturday, April 23, 2011
customer profile: the deal chasing penny pincher
There are many different types of customers encountered by servers on a daily basis. This is the first of a series of profiles on some of the worst/most irritating guests.
To preface: I understand that some people can't afford to spend a lot on dinner, perhaps the value menu at Wendys is your preferred option? These people should perhaps consider eating at home more often instead of hopping from wing night to wing night. If your budget only allows for little Jimmy to eat 'ketchup sandwiches', don't eat out, stay home!
There are some great deals to be had in this town as far as dining is concerned, and I am in no way discrediting those who enjoy things like 5for5 at the Parlour, Beat-the-Clock at Molly Bloom's, Wing Night at the Boar's Head, 1/2 Price Basic Pizza at Pazzo, (Dis)Advantage cards, etc. If you take advantage of these deals, whilst enjoying a couple of pints or a bottle of wine then bravo! you are a savvy and frugal individual.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who feel that restaurants exist to feed them within their budgets, allow me to present a wake-up call.
Restaurants are businesses! Who knew?
These places exist, not to support your burgeoning waist line, but to make a profit and support the families of the people who own and work in them. Go figure.
Getting angry at the service staff because refills aren't free with your 59c wings is just stingy. Not to mention the great debate over the beverage purchase required to use your advantage card. Leading off with a query of "what's your cheapest..." just makes you sound like a scrooge.
The idea of a deal is to get you in the door, into a seat, where you will henceforth spend some of your hard earned cash. Those who partake ONLY in the deal, refusing to spend a penny more than necessary are merely a passing irritation to be tolerated until that table can be turned for someone else.