Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Water With Lemon
I know what you are thinking. "Why a whole article dedicated to water with lemon, sarcastic server?". Well, dedicated reader, allow me to elaborate. When a customers water with lemon, I'm not bothered. However, if a customer chooses to order water with *extra* lemon, I'm immediately annoyed. I'll start off by bringing one or two extra slices, hoping to satisfy his or her sour craving. I once had a woman request almost an entire lemon to go with her glass of free water. When I returned to take her order, I saw mounds of empty sugar packets. This restaurant faux pas is widely known as making "Ghetto-Aid". This irks me to no end. Why? Because we serve lemonade. Already prepared. I can bring it to you. I've offered it to this particular patron before, and she declined. Why? Because she didn't want to pay for it. I informed my boss that if the woman insists on making her own lemonade, I will charge her for one. The price of produce is going up for restaurant operators, and it is unfair to expect almost an entire lemon for your water, along with a large amount of sweeteners to go with it. Let me be clear: I have absolutely no qualms with bringing you an extra slice or two of lemon to flavor your water. I do have a problem with you making your own little lemonade stand at my table. Don't like the flavor of water? Don't order it. Simple.