Starter For Ten Minutes

| Working | November 2, 2015

(My husband and I decide to try a popular local restaurant for dinner before seeing a movie. We order sodas and our entrees. The waitress brings us our sodas and a small starter salad each, which are included with our meals, and we quickly eat. Fast-forward to 45 minutes later.)

Me: “I thought we’d have our entrees by now.”

Husband: “Me, too. There’s our waitress. Hi! Excuse me!”

Waitress: “Yes?”

Husband: “Just wondering when our dinners will get here? We have a movie to catch.”

Waitress: “They’ll be another ten minutes.”

Husband: “Oh, okay.”

(Twenty minutes go by.)

Husband: “Excuse me!”

Waitress: “Yes?”

Husband: “We’re still waiting for our dinners.”

Waitress: “They’ll be another ten minutes.”

Husband: “You said that last time, and it’s been TWENTY minutes. We’re really hungry, plus we have to leave soon for our movie.”

Waitress: “Ten minutes.” *leaves*

(Twenty minutes later:)

Husband: “This is ridiculous. Excuse me!”

Waitress: “Yes?”

Husband: “Please cancel our meals. If we don’t leave now, we’ll miss our movie.”

Waitress: “Are you sure? They’re almost ready.”

Husband: “Let me guess; ten more minutes?”

Waitress: “That’s right.”

Husband: “No, thank you. We’re leaving.”

(On our way out the door, the manager ran up to us. We thought he was going to apologize for the wait.)

Manager: “WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING? DO YOU THINK YOU CAN JUST EAT AND DRINK FOR FREE?”

Us: “What?”

Manager: “You owe us for the sodas and salads!”

Us: “You must be joking. You kept us waiting for over 1.5 hours for our meals, kept fobbing us off, and now you expect us to pay for two sodas and tiny salads? Not going to happen.”

Manager: “You can’t expect fast service at a nice place like this! This is not a pizza restaurant, you know!”

Us: “No kidding. If it were, we wouldn’t be leaving hungry.”

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