Is it ever okay to be moved in the middle of a meal?
- Withnail42 Oct 23, 2006 08:10 PM
Not every meal can be perfect. Things are going to happen that are beyond our control. However one of my biggest peeves is being moved while in the middle of dining.
The other day a group of five of us were eating. We had run up a decent size bill. When the deserts were to came out they were not brought to us but placed on a table half way down the restaurant next to the band. The manager simply stood there waving us over. No ‘please’, ‘excuse me’ or ‘would you mind’. No one offered to help us with our coats and bags. And no nothing was compt I was expecting at least a tea out of it. It turns out he simply wanted our table to accommodate a larger group. To me this was totally unacceptable. I won’t go back to that place.
Another time mid way through my meal I was asked to change tables to accommodate some people who had come in with a stroller. As there were plenty of other tables I thought that perhaps the restaurant staff could have made a little effort and moved things around instead of just moving me. I was a little irritated but figured why not take the high road.
Is it ever okay to be moved in the middle of a meal? If so should the restaurant make amends?
First instance, totally unacceptable. Second instance, perhaps with an explanation. As you said, take the high road.
Both instances are seriously uncool, IMHO. The stroller thing really bothers me...I will happily stand or move my table to accomodate a person in a wheelchair or scooter, but a kid in a stroller isn't the same thing. The stroller isn't a necessity, but a convenience for the parents. If you can't hold the child throughout your meal or won't/can't use a restaurant-provided high chair or booster seat, then you should request a table where your cadillac-escalade sized kid karrier doesn't become a nuisance. Don't mark me as a child-hater, just a hater of the ridiculously oversized stroller...they're my current pet peeve...I find myself boxed in by the damn things at every turn! Get a Snugli or kiddy backpack and stop hogging the floor space! Whew, I feel better now.