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Guy gives hostess $100 at the Pub, still doesn't get a table

lawgirl3278 Apr 3, 2013 12:22 PM

I don't even know why this is worth writing about. Who would tip a c-note to eat at the Pub??


  1. HillJ Apr 6, 2013 05:01 AM

    Maybe it was an inside job to see what reaction would come...and write an article ta boot!

    The writer and the "guy" some quoted restaurant owner had to have known each other in some capacity for the story to have hit the page. Otherwise the hostess told tales out of school or the writer was there observing this play out...OR, it's a big fat lie.

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    1. re: HillJ
      PhillyBestBYOB Apr 6, 2013 06:37 AM

      You have to be careful with Victor. Wasn't he the one that was sitting next to Georges Perrier at a media dinner at Citron & Rose, and then wrote about what Georges said?

      1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
        HillJ Apr 6, 2013 06:42 AM

        PhillyB, they stroll in a world I'm so not a part of....

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      DirtyJerzey Apr 4, 2013 01:11 PM

      Having worked in the restaurant industry for years when I was younger you learn 1 thing- money talks. That's really no different than throwing a busy bartender a $20 to start the night, because 9 times outta 10 they'll take care of you. Valiant effort by whoever it was, and stop with the arrogance nonsense. A most likely young hostess making $7/hr just got a Benjamin as a tip, pretty thoughtful if you ask me.

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      1. re: DirtyJerzey
        Philly Ray Apr 4, 2013 06:05 PM

        I guess you didn't read the article...the guy greased the hostess with $100 and she still made them wait two hours for a table.

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        barryg Apr 4, 2013 06:29 AM

        Why did this person tell his story to Victor in the first place? Makes no sense.

        1. Veggo Apr 4, 2013 05:46 AM

          If the hostess was principled enough to play by the rules and not sell special treatement, she should not have accepted the Benjamin in the first place, or should have returned it later, if this is a true story.

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            arepo Apr 4, 2013 05:22 AM

            I for one applaud the outcome.
            That person obviously thinks that he is somehow entitled because he has more money and dresses more upscale.

            Such an arrogant move and disregard for others deserves the consequences he got.

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            1. re: arepo
              JanR Apr 4, 2013 05:33 AM

              Agree with you completely Arepo. Also agree with lawgirl. The Pub??

              1. re: JanR
                bluehensfan Apr 4, 2013 06:09 AM

                I guess Serafina was closed on Easter and this is the best they could do?

              2. re: arepo
                PhillyBestBYOB Apr 6, 2013 01:50 AM

                So does the same criticism apply to a regular who tips better and hence gets better service in the future?

                It's a service industry. Friends, family, celebrities, big tippers, better dressers, hot chicks, palm greasers... get better service than those who are not.

                OMG, when will the madness stop???

                The only real question here is: 1) whether in general the owner is OK with the hostess accepting "tips" to give preferential seating (many are not); and if so, 2) whether the owner is OK with her dissing a well-known regular in this way (most would not be).

                1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
                  PhillyBestBYOB Apr 6, 2013 07:11 AM

                  For all we know, maybe the Pub's owner told the hostess: "Next time someone tries that, take the money and then make them wait 2 hours!"

                  LOL, I wouldn't be surprised if that is what actually happened!

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