And yet, I must admit, I can be a picky diner myself. (Can you hear all my friends and family shouting finally she admits it! She's high maintenance!) Notice how in the photo above they used a middle-aged woman. Could it be that it is common knowledge that woman of a certain age tend to be, well dare I say, demanding.
Last night a woman came into the restaurant and ordered a hot apple cider. Here in Arizona it just started to become cool enough to actually sit outside for more than a minute without fainting. We haven't yet stocked the apple cider in Phoenix. We are just putting away our flip flips and ice tea. So we didn't have the apple cider bubbling in the back, with sticks of cinnamon nearby. I asked the bartender, James, what the lady looked like who ordered the apple cider. "You." he said.
I know what he meant. A picky older woman. "There's a group of them out there," he said with a sigh. "And you know how women get when they get in a group."
I do. I have been a part of a pack of demanding women. (In fact, that apple cider sounded mighty good.) And yet, I confess I have groaned when I see I have a table full of women to wait on. Which is wrong. I know it. But so many times I've gotten horrible tips from women.
Now these women look nice but my first thought would be they would scrutinize the menu forever, then ask a zillion questions and have the server running back and forth for more salad dressing, more bread sticks, another napkin. I do that myself. However, I tip very well. I'm not certain about these women and that's the problem. Sometimes women ask a lot and tip little. Now these guys look super easy to wait on.
Put a beer and meat on a stick in front of them and they'll be happy! A lot of men are easy like that, just happy to have food and drink in front of them.
Okay so I know I'm wrong saying this about women customers, but I'm just saying what is common knowledge in the server world. However, women who have been servers, or whose mothers were waitresses, will tip very very well. Many times, women who haven't been servers just don't get it. So while I can be very picky, because I know what I want, I show my appreciate by leaving an appropriate tip. If the rest of the women in the world could do the same, I think the entire world would be a happier place. Or at least just the servers.
Well, I've got apple cider on my mind now. Doesn't this look delicious!