Friday, April 26, 2013

Review: Waiter Rant

Purchase Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions of a Cynical Waiter here.
You can visit Steve Dublanica's blog here.


According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.
Eye-opening, outrageous, and unabashed—replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen tidbits of human grace in the most unlikely places—Waiter Rant presents the server's unique point of view, revealing surefire secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and ways to ensure that your waiter won't spit on your food.


Scrolling through the reviews for Waiter Rant on Goodreads, it's easy to pick out people who fit the bill for the usual clientele of The Bistro; they're the ones giving one-star reviews and calling Steve Dublanica "arrogant" and "self-indulgent".  The reviews from former waiters and waitresses are almost exclusively four- and five-star.  It's a dichotomy that gives you an idea of how the rest of the book will go.

As a former waitress (and probably future one, seeing as one is expected to pay for textbooks), I was predisposed to enjoy a book telling people to stop acting like morons in restaurants.  I wish most of the people who dined out would follow Dublanica's advice; for all the profanity and ranting, he gives many good tips about eating in a restaurant.  I agree with the reviewers who didn't enjoy the book so much because it was self-indulgent.  However, the book is meant to be a memoir.  Writing a memoir is the epitome of self-indulgence; when you pick one up, you're expecting to read an account of the author's life.  All in all, this was funny and honest.  An interesting examination of everyone in a restaurant, I would recommend it to waitstaff and patrons alike.

Until next time, happy reading!

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