A suggestion from an old guy who tips well

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 06:43 PM.

Immediately the “Lone Ranger” popped into my mind and then popped right back out. This image of silver boogers scared him away.

I was dumbfounded; not that a young person decided to have a free-will spasm involving self-mutilation. There’s a lot of that going around nowadays.

What surprised me was that the management of that restaurant allowed the business to be a venue of such circus act decorations. I don’t want to blow it out of proportion, but I found it a bit gross.

Now, I’d be lying if I said it spoiled my appetite. I pretty much cleaned my plate, and as is normal, nibbled off Ann’s. But at the very least I felt it violated basic business logic.

Restaurants typically require staff to wear certain items such as hairnets and rubber gloves. And I know some won’t allow wait staff to exhibit facial decorations because I can see empty piercing dots where stuff hangs when they’re off work.

So if it seems a breach of decorum to older people like me, it makes good sense not to allow employees who routinely deal face to face with the public to push boundaries of normalcy.

I’m not denigrating this waitress one little bit. We come from different worlds, even different planets, so I don’t expect her to share my value system.

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