H2-Over And Over Again

| Right | January 6, 2016

(I work as a busboy in a high end Italian restaurant. Part of my job is to get customers a pitcher and cups of water when they sit down. The hostess seats an elderly man and woman in my section so I bring them the pitcher and cups of ice water.)

Woman: “Can I get a cup of water without the ice?”

Me: “Sure thing. Coming right up.”

(I go to the kitchen and get a cup of cold water without ice.)

Woman: “Oh, no, I’m sorry but I didn’t want it cold. Can you get me a new one?”

(This time I bring back a cup of room temperature water.)

Woman: “I am sorry I should have been more specific. Can it be a cup of hot water but only half full?”

(As I am bringing her yet another new cup I notice other customers I should be waiting on who want their water. No other coworkers are available. I am eager to move onto someone else but the woman won’t leave me alone.)

Me: “Here you go, ma’am. Is that how you like it?”

Woman: “Yes.”

Me: “Okay, then I will—”

Woman: “Except now can you make it a full cup of hot water?”

(Seriously aggravated but not letting it show, I go and do as she wishes.)

Me: “Here you go.”

Woman: “Thank you and that will be all.”

(I go on to serve someone else. As I am pouring their drinks they can’t help but comment.)

Other Customer: “I saw that whole thing. I have never seen someone so picky about a simple cup of water before. At least you aren’t her waiter.”

(I couldn’t have agreed with that customer more because throughout the night I watched the woman constantly complain to her waitress about everything including her plate being too big.)

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