Posted by Arthur on February 16, 2001 at 10:34:02:
In Reply to: Re: "Please pay your server!" posted by Jule on February 15, 2001 at 18:01:55:
Thanks for the reply.
This was a chain restaurant and I'll certainly call this to their attention.
I'm not blaming the server, maybe she was very busy, but the bottom line is that WE HAD TO LEAVE because we had another engagement to attend. I wouldn't have cared except for that.
Jule - from your other posts you seem knowledgeable, so I'll ask: Why do they do this "please pay your server" thing anyway? The server has already left the check, and has to go to the front desk anyway, so why can't customers just go to the front desk when they're done and pay there? It would seem to make it easier for everyone. Maybe the restaurants think the customers will leave a bigger tip if they actually have to look the server in the eye when they're handing over the money? I have no idea, but maybe you or someone in the industry could explain it.
: Wow! It's not as if the SERVER has his/her own desk, complete with a cash register and credit card machine to take your payment---that's done at the front desk anyhow (usually)!! Why on EARTH would they actually tell you to hand your payment to the server who's only going to bring it to them anyhow?? Did you catch any names?? I would definitely contact a Manager about that. Not only is that an inconvenience, it's also stupid. Not to mention, RUDE. Some restaurants have a "feedback form" you can fill out to enter your comments. Otherwise, they have a website that you can utilize for that as well. In any event, I would have made sure that a Manager was fully aware of the situation---including the missing server. I actually visited a chain restaurant years ago. Midway through our meal, we noticed our server hadn't returned for 20 minutes--and couting. 10 minutes later, after calling another server to our table, we were informed that our original server had left for the day because it was the end of her shift. We weren't even finished ordering when she left, and obviously, she didn't mention this to us, nor did she secure the table with another server. We made sure to notify the Manager about it. I don't remember if we were compensated in any way, but she was definitely spoken to when she arrived for work again.
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