Does Buying a $14 Pasta Dish Make You King of the Universe?

The XX Factor
What Women Really Think
Nov. 9 2009 5:51 PM

Does Buying a $14 Pasta Dish Make You King of the Universe?

/blogs/xx_factor/2009/11/09/why_bruce_buschels_list_of_server_dos_and_donts_annoys_waiters/jcr:content/body/slate_image

As someone who waited tables throughout college, I was pretty annoyed with Bruce Buschel’s two-part list of 100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do , which has been slowly creeping its way up the New York Times ' top e-mailed items. The most obvious qualm: I’m fairly positive that no minimum wage job should ever require a list of 100 Don’ts. Of course a waiter should be courteous and timely, but more than half the tips Buschel proffers seem unnecessarily priggish, as if the act of taking someone’s order should be infused with the formality of aristocratic-era servitude. Take No. 43, for example: Never mention what your favorite dessert is. It’s irrelevant. Or No. 7: Do not announce your name . The insinuation being: Do not deign to think you matter, lowly servant. Apparently a $14 bowl of pasta buys you the right to act like a Rockefeller?

Advertisement

Moreover, there are maybe 20 worthwhile rules on the two-part 100 rule list . The others are either flat-out insulting (see above) or so absurdly obvious they’re insulting, like No. 33. Do not bang into chair or tables when passing by . God, how those silly waiters love crashing into things just for fun! Someone should warn them that’s not very nice.

How about a list of Don'ts for restaurant patrons? The first rule being something like: Paying for a meal does not automatically make you master of the universe.

TODAY IN SLATE

Technocracy

Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

The Congressional Republican Digging Through Scientists’ Grant Proposals

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

Whole Foods Is Desperate for Customers to Feel Warm and Fuzzy Again

The XX Factor

I’m 25. I Have $250.03.

My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.

The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I’m 25. I Have $250.03. My doctors want me to freeze my eggs.
Politics

Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

George Tiller’s Murderer Threatens Another Abortion Provider, Claims Free Speech

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 21 2014 3:13 PM Why Countries Make Human Rights Pledges They Have No Intention of Honoring
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 21 2014 1:12 PM The Global Millionaires Club Is Booming and Losing Its Exclusivity
  Life
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 1:47 PM The Best Way to Fry an Egg
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 21 2014 10:43 AM Social Networking Didn’t Start at Harvard It really began at a girls’ reform school.
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.