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When you see someone busy reading - Hawk's Eyrie
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When you see someone busy reading
When you see someone busy reading in your restaurant do you:

A) Interrupt them to ask what they are reading, while noting that the reader is near the end of the book, and starting commenting how hard it is when you're near the end of a book because of the anticipation of finding it all out, plus needing to pick out the next book, etc.


B) Ask them if they're done, clear the table, and leave them be. (Alternatively, leave the tray for the person to clear themselves when they're done, as it's a fast casual restaurant).

If you answered A, you're just like the interim manager at my local Rubio's that's driving me Up. The. Fucking. Wall.

If someone's reading or concentrating on something else, Leave. Them. Alone. I don't know why she's trying so hard to be friendly with me; it could be a Norm effect (I'm friendly with most of the staff that's been there long term), she knows I'm a favorite of the injured General Manager, whatever. She's trying too hard and has pissed me off. She just needs to leave me alone.

It's gotten annoying enough that the next time I see the Ass't Manager, I'm going to ask him when Josh is back & she is gone, and let him know he'll see me back then.


Double argh.

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Mood: aggravated

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smolder From: smolder Date: April 12th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
That's karmic backlash for continuing to eat at Rubio's, which has been made of fail for about 4 years now.
merhawk From: merhawk Date: April 12th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
I have no idea what you are referring to.
missysedai From: missysedai Date: April 12th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Back when I was a server, I had an older fella come in every evening with a book. He would drink tea and eat buttered toast half the night, and read his book. (It turned out that tea and toast were about all he could keep down during his chemo treatments.)

Servers that bugged him about his reading material got a tongue lashing and no tip. Servers that just kept his tea filled and checked in to see if he wanted more toast got a nice tip, and on Fridays, they'd be given the book he was reading. I was usually asked to take Ira, because the other girls were afraid of him, and pissed that "perky and invasive" didn't work on him. They could not understand the simple "I'm busy, don't pester me" signal a book conveys.

I have a whole pile of "hard-boiled detective" books from that job. I miss Ira.
merhawk From: merhawk Date: April 14th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Reading is generally a key indicator that the person wants to be left alone.

This manager isn't as bad as the patron who lifted up the book I was reading at Hobbee's a while back to "see what I was reading".

Grr. Argh.

Do not touch. Leave alone.
From: chrisrw109 Date: April 13th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
The important omitted detail is: What book were you finishing?
merhawk From: merhawk Date: April 14th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Butcher, natch.

I took a 30 minute break later at work to finish the book. Turns out it wouldn't have mattered even if she hadn't bothered me, but it was close.

*tight hug* You've been missed, Chris. Stop being so much of a stranger!
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merhawk From: merhawk Date: April 14th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Heh. You keep telling yourself that, darlin'.
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