We Gonna Party Like It’s Not Your Birthday  

, , , | Right | October 21, 2019

(I work as a hostess in a restaurant. We do not do anything special for birthdays; sometimes if they buy a dessert we’ll put candles in it, but that’s about it. Two men come in and I bring them to their table. One of the men grabs me by my shoulders and spins me towards the bathroom. He then says quietly to me:)

Customer: “Okay, I’m pretending to ask you where the bathrooms are. I just wanted to let you know it’s this guy’s birthday, so if you could tell our server that would be great.”

Me: “Oh, well, we don’t re—”

Customer: *interrupting me* “Bathrooms are right there? Okay, thanks!”

(Then, he sits down. Keep in mind, the birthday guy was standing right next to us the whole time so he could probably hear what was happening, or at least suspect something. I go to their soon-to-be-waitress and tell her that it’s the guy’s birthday.)

Waitress: “We don’t do anything special for birthdays.”

Me: “I know.”

(After they left, I asked the waitress if they got anything for the guy’s birthday. She said no. I just felt bad because I feel like they were expecting something. It was just an awkward experience.)

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