Thursday, September 22, 2011
Frugal Disdain from The Palm Restaurant
You see, when my wife and I were seated, the hostess didn't give us the special (read: less pricy) Restaurant Week menu. From the moment that we asked our waiter, Ryan, for the special menu, he treated us in a very different way. He was colder, more apathetic. His interactions with us were labored, as if he'd just as soon punch us in the face as talk to us. While I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that perhaps he was having a bad night, my wife and I couldn't help but notice how much more animated, helpful, and pleasant he was to a larger party (read: a party whose bill, and therefore tip, would be higher).
Readers, what do you think? Have you ever experienced something similar? Have you ever seen people's attitudes toward you change when they find out you're planning to use a coupon or going to save money in some other way? Or am I just being a baby? Let me know in the comments.
*It should be noted that while we were getting a better deal than most of the meals at the restaurant, our dinner was still fairly pricy (with a 15% tip, our meal was close to $140).
**In the words of those immortal poets, Blink-182, "I guess this growing up."