Not entirely food related, but I think this comment is appropriate for this crowd. I posted this elsewhere as a reply to a previous message [1789: A Report (Long)] but think it may get lost in the threads. Quotes from that post:
"...AND, someone scooped up my wine cork when I wasn't looking. :>("
"...A wonderful wine; hence my disappointment in losing the cork."
"...and best of all, [desserts] were complimentary. That pretty much made up for the loss of the cork."
It is not the first time I have come across this sentiment, so I feel that it is worth mentioning.
If you want to keep your wine cork, put it in your pocket or purse. Restaurant staff at finer establishments are trained to remove excess clutter from the table as soon as it hits, whether it be your cocktail stirrer, wine cork, sugar packet, or cigar wrapper. The cork need not stay on the table any longer than these other refuse items. To imply that poor service has been given because the cork was remove after inspection is misguided at best.