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More of Sally's Top 10 Restaurant Gripes
11. Spreading Germs
Menus, which are not sanitized between uses (and this includes 99.9% of all restaurants). Think about those back-woods-bumpkins who flipped those same plastic surfaced pages and/or binder covers 10 minutes ago or less, yeah the same ones responsible for making escalator hand grips the most ecoli infested surfaces around...
12. More Germs
Waiters who fill water glasses by touching the water container to the rim of the glass. Picture in your mind how many others have been similarly touched before yours...including the guy across the restaurant with the runny reddened nose. Microbiology dictates that his kooties become yours as soon as you have your first sip.
13. Too Cozy Tables
Restaurants with tables an inch away from your table. Nothing like sharing your intimate conversations with the adjacent couple, or worse yet, hearing theirs.
14. Servers Invading Your Space
Servers, yours as well as random servers passing by, invading your table space and pouring wine or bottled water without first asking. Not everyone wants a refill. Regarding bottled water, not everyone at the table is drinking it. Regarding wine, the bottomless glass gives you no way of gauging how much you are drinking. They seem to forget that you are paying for the item and that it is not theirs to distribute without first asking. Doing so is bad manners not to mention invasive and disruptive, although it does seem to be common practice.
15. Loud Music
I CANNOT stand the loud, sometimes awful music restaurants play, and even worse, it is LOUDER in the LADIES' ROOM!!!!!!!!!! I can't even carry on a conversation in most restaurants, from chains to luxury restaurants anymore.
16. Comment on Loud Music
As regards the ladies comment on loud music in the Ladies' Room, I want to say that it was probably a man's idea, designed to get them out of there quicker...
When you have children in your party, their food should be served as soon as possible.
18. Hard Butter
Restaurants that serve hard butter should know better. Butter should be served at room temperature so that it is spreadable.
Most diners expect bread to be served at a quality restaurant and are not happy when they have to ask for it or when it arrives late.
20. Gratuity Scam (twice)
Restaurants that add gratuity to the bill without disclosing it. And restaurants that then try to trick you into giving an even larger tip by having a blank line on the credit card slip for even more gratuity, again without disclosing that they already added it into the bill.
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