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Post by News Tribune Staff on Nov. 7, 2006 at 12:53 am | No Comments »
November 7, 2006 12:53 am

Am I wrong about this? If I am, I can change.

I hate it when food servers address two or more women customers as “you guys” — as in, “Are you guys ready to order?” or “Can I get you guys something to drink?”

It’s just as easy to say “you folks,” so why do they insist on saying “you guys”? This usually comes from 20-somethings, and I suspect it’s a matter of poor training. It even happened to my elderly mother and me when we went out to a nice place for dinner. What about us makes someone think “guys” when they look at us?

I’m seriously considering beginning a “you guys” tip penalty, maybe even print up a little card to leave with my tip to explain the deduction.

I would start out at 20 percent, which is my usual tip for good service. For every “you guys” from the server, I deduct 1 percent. You wouldn’t believe how quickly the tip would drop to 15 percent, even 10 percent.

Thanks for letting me vent. This is my No. 1 gripe when I go out to eat.

Ed’s Diner will be closed for vacation until Nov. 20. In the meantime, I leave you folks with my co-worker’s letter. I don’t think she’s wrong.

What do you think? Care to partake of my co-worker’s tip penalty for “you guys” and other service transgressions?

Does your server insist you’ll love his restaurant’s deep-fried whatevers after you tell him your doctor won’t allow you to eat deep-fried anything? Ka-ching.

Did your server say, “I told my assistant to come to your table” when you asked about over-due coffee refills? Ka-ching.

Is your server sharing disturbing details of her kitty’s clinical health while you’re eating? Ka-ching. Ka-ching.

Did you see your server scratch her butt while gabbing at the next table? Ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching.

Please, you folks, log in and discuss.

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