Be Kind When You Dine

Be Kind When You Dine

There is a lesson to be learned from observing other customers in a restaurant.
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A little while ago, my dad and I would go out to lunch every week or so at a place called GK’s Red Dog Tavern in Morristown, New Jersey. The tavern, connected to Rod’s Steak & Seafood Grille, is a great place to go for either lunch or dinner. The food tastes good, the service is great, and the atmosphere is fantastic.

My dad and I were at one of our weekly lunches when we heard some customers behind us rudely telling their waiter that his lunch had been brought out “too early.” The waiter, who just so happened to be our waiter as well, told the customer that he would take it back to the kitchen. The customer, who was visibly irritated at this point, claimed that the waiter would just bring it out cold later and wanted the kitchen to make a completely new one. My dad and I didn’t pay enough attention to them to see what happened later on, but we did make sure to thank our waiter and tell him how good of a job he was doing for us.

The point of my telling this story is that customers need to take more care to be respectful and kind to waiters and waitresses. It isn’t that difficult to do. Sometimes a waiter’s pay is mainly from tips, so with that in mind, he or she could already be having a bad day. Making their day worse by telling them they brought your food out “too early” (a very rare complaint, I would think) and berating them for it is completely unnecessary. Even if you feel the need to complain, and you know that you are completely justified in doing so, you should do so politely. However, that doesn’t mean you should be passive and afraid to speak up. Don’t be afraid to be assertive, but also remember not to be a flat out jerk.

It never hurts to be friendly with waiters and waitresses at the restaurant in which you’re dining. My dad does it all the time, no matter where we go to eat. As a result, he ends up making friends with those people working at the restaurants. It’s always good to have more friends, or even just connections in general. So please, the next time you feel the need to be rude towards your waiter, remember to be kind when you dine.

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6 Times It’s Actually OK To Be Rude To Retail Workers

It might surprise you.

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As a retail worker myself, I know firsthand that customers aren't always the kindest to the employees trying to help them out.

I've seen customers snapping at workers, getting angry when things don't go their way, and leaving huge messes around the store that employees have to clean up. Retail employees have to work hard on their feet for very little pay, and they deserve to be treated with kindness for the work they put in.

Here are 6 times that it's OK to treat retail employees with anything less than respect.

1. Never

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Retail employees are trying their best to help you out – customer service is the main part of their jobs, and they really do make an effort to help customers find what they're looking for, even when they ask for something unreasonable. Snapping at employees isn't going to speed up the process.

2. Never

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Contrary to popular (and bewilderingly misguided) belief, retail employees have very little control over the contents of the store. If the shirt you wanted to buy isn't in stock in your size, it's not the employee's fault. I repeat: it's not the employee's fault! They're just the bearer of bad news and can't fix the situation for you.

3. Never

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Retail employees do have to keep the store clean, but that doesn't mean that customers should feel free to make a mess. When you leave trash in the store and a tangled heap of clothing in the fitting room, they're the ones who have to clean up after you.

Also, when you tear up a display looking for your size, someone has to refold and reorganized all of those clothes, and can you guess who that has to be?

4. Never

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Many retail employees have to work terrible hours, what with overnight shifts and having to open the store early in the morning or close it down late at night. Most of them are exhausted and are doing the best work they can on that amount of sleep.

5. Never

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Keep in mind that yelling at a retail employee when you get frustrated does count as verbal abuse, and it is never acceptable. This makes a huge impact on retail employee's days (as one would expect being yelled at by a stranger might entail).

6. Never

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Even if you're feeling frustrated about something, please stop for a moment and continue to treat the employees trying to help you like they're human beings. No one deserves to be mistreated at work.

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College Students Have 4 Main Food Groups

Be sure to get these foods in order to have a successful and healthy college career.

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As Buddy the Elf mentioned in "Elf", the four main food groups for elves are candy, candy cane, candy corn, and syrup. Now, it's time to forget about what they taught us in health class about nutrition because what a college student eats is way different from what we relied on in high school. Our health teachers in high school told us fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy were the food groups humans needed to be healthy. However, college students have a different food group and lifestyle that what we learned in our health class. Here are the four food groups you need in order to survive college:

1. Energy drinks

Whether you have to pull an all nighter as a result of procrastinating on a 10 page paper, or simply need a simple boost of energy, these will get the job done (even though they might not be the healthiest choice.) Red Bulls, Monsters, and 5-Hour Energy Drinks are just a few examples of some energy drinks. Just be careful not to become addicted to them as they are full of sugar. These are perfect for the all nighter, and for the days you feel tired and don't want to get out of bed.

2. Coffee

Are energy drinks not your favorite? If so, then coffee is an essential for college. Whether if you are into iced coffee, lattes, decaffeinated coffees, or black coffee, there is a coffee out there for everyone. Also, you can choose to brew your coffee at home with a coffee maker or a keurig, or make a Dunkin or Starbucks stop before class. Coffee is great for staying focused during class and completing homework projects and assignments outside of class.

3. Gum

Remember in grade school how teachers did not like when you chewed bubble gum? Well in college, it's totally different. You can chew as much bubble gum as you like and nobody can judge you for the amount of gum you chew! From the traditional mint flavor bubble gum to more obscure ones, there is a flavor for everyone to chew on. This is perfect for getting through boring lectures, and it makes you more focused. Plus, you can be a good person and share your bubble gum with others. It is a way to spark up a conversation, and a way to stay focused during your college career.

4. Microwave meals

Let's face reality, most first year college students come into the semester with little to no cooking skills. Thus, microwavable meals become an essential. Whether you are tired of the on campus dining food, or do not have enough money on your meal plan, these become your best friend (again, not the healthiest choice, but you have to do what you have to do sometimes). From ramen, mac n cheese, and popcorn you can make almost anything with the push of a button on the microwave. These meals are great because they are not time consuming, your meal will be ready in a few short minutes as opposed to cooking a meal over the stove or oven. Just remember to brush up on your cooking skills so you can start cooking as you transition out of college.

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