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Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

Everyone is so easily offended. It's just a question, for goodness sakes. If that bothers you so much, working with the public is not your calling. I am hair stylist and am asked many questions- sometimes personal, sometimes unpleasant. It doesn't make someone a snob to want to get to know you or to care enough to ask what you do with your time when you aren't working.

Posted by Rachel Coleman on August 31, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

You may be a talent out on the floor and and look good for your age.....but your humility could use some work

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Posted by Lp Fritz on August 31, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Re: “CofC suspends alcohol-related activities for fraternities, sororities

Cannonborough has become almost unlivable during the past few weeks and CofC is responding to the complaints in the appropriate way. Students have been passed out on the sidewalks and carted off in ambulances. Parties of THREE HUNDRED have been reported to the cops on Monday nights. Day drinking has been shut down over and over and the police can barely keep up. I commend the administration for doing the right thing.

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Posted by JobyD2000 on August 31, 2016 at 10:57 AM

Re: “CofC suspends alcohol-related activities for fraternities, sororities

LOL! Good luck with that.

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Posted by Dan Diehl on August 31, 2016 at 8:43 AM

Re: “CofC suspends alcohol-related activities for fraternities, sororities

Has this ever happened before?

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Posted by muloow on August 31, 2016 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

I found it odd to reference what teachers earn to make your point about the economic viability/purposefulness of your job.

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Posted by Dunn Woods on August 31, 2016 at 6:16 AM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

Well said. I learned a lot working with you at Hank's Phillip, the mentality and patience needed to deal with guests of all walks, opinions, and various demeanor. The proper way to use communication and even humor to navigate the weeds, how to quickly handle unforeseen difficulties as they arise, whether self created or totally out of ones control. But perhaps most importantly how to conduct myself and consider myself as a professional. You keep your guests happy, never let them be disappointly surprised with what they receive because you're knowledgable about what you're selling. And you may just be in the F and B Hall of FAME when it comes to boosting staff moral. You know....cause you're funny and shit.

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Posted by Elliot Miller on August 31, 2016 at 5:38 AM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

"Stock brokers, lawyers and pharma reps provide no value to the rest of us". That's just inane....

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Posted by Wingman on August 31, 2016 at 1:00 AM

Re: “How (and why) the humble Recovery Room became the nation's No. 2 PBR seller

Interesting suggestions - Incidentally , if someone has been searching for a UT DOPL-AP-007 , my friend filled out and esigned a blank version here http://pdf.ac/7B9tfg.

Posted by Famfrit Igna on August 31, 2016 at 12:48 AM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

I used to go to Charleston every year with my mother and daughter for eating and shopping. We usually had one dinner at Peninsula Grill during our three-day stay. We also loved Carolina's, which I hear has closed. We also dined at Fig. And many other fabulous eateries. Never touristy places. We researched before we went and always asked locals. We always had great servers. One visit was particularly spectacular. We dreamed about going back to PG for a whole year. So the next year we went. Our waiter looked me straight in the eye and said "Welcome back. It's been a long time." Or something like that. He remembered (and God help me, I can't remember his name) me. He even remembered some of the things we ordered, especially my daughter. He remembered us from the year before. He made us feel like the most valued customers ever to walk through the door. I, of course, remembered him, too. I wish I knew his name b/c he was as professional as any person I've ever met in any profession. He made the cost of dining at Peninsula totally worth it. I always tipped him on the total tab, alcohol and tax included, 25%. Why? Because without him, the experience would never have been so memorable. He deserved every penny and more. We haven't been back in several years. My mother is now 96 and can't travel. My daughter is a mother of two young girls, two and five. But my daughter and I are planning to take my granddaughters to Charleston and reinstate our Mother-Daughter-Granddaughter(s) tradition. We will definitely return, on one of those nights, to Peninsula Grill. It would be amazing to see our favorite server again. If I see him, I will know him. And I bet he will know me and say something like, "It has been so, so long. Welcome back." And I will hug him and tell him that he is part of our fondest Charleston memories.

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Posted by Nancy Rose Vance on August 31, 2016 at 12:44 AM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

YES! So very well said!! It takes talent to pull off the ballet of service!

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Posted by Cathleen Thomas on August 30, 2016 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Nadeau Charleston celebrates first birthday next week

"Furniture with a soul"? Where's it made? Is it made here in the USA or is it perhaps made overseas by cheap child labor and people who work for indentured servant wages?

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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on August 30, 2016 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

Preach!
I happen to freelance in my spare time (when I'm not too tired anyway) but it still annoys me when people ask when I'm graduating.
"I graduated 4 years ago Gary, but funnily enough as you've noticed I'm pretty good at my job so I'm sticking with it mate."
And it's not small talk, servers are legit the main people asked this question because people see us as part timers, that because we work evenings and weekends we have sooo much spare time or that we sleep too much because unfortunately we don't always get to bed before 4 am so naturally miss the morning.

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Posted by MelikusPrime on August 30, 2016 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

Thank you! I knew the question before I even clicked on the article. "Are you at the college?" I used to lie just to give them what they wanted.

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Posted by Kelly Rae Smith on August 30, 2016 at 9:39 PM

Re: “DHEC releases map of Zika cases in South Carolina

We need for Congress to ante up the money to nip this in the bud. We have been financially ignoring public health in this country and the good people in health departments and the CDC are hanging on by their fingernails to protect us. We have Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya virus in the wings to cause a disaster. (Apparently we don't worry about the epidemic in Puerto Rico). The US needs to get serious about this and appropriate the money CDC and the NIAID need to manage these with 21st century tactics before its too late. But I guess we can always finger point when catastrophe hits.

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Posted by Barbara Beeler on August 30, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

Philip, thank you for writing this. I am sharing it, so I may read it as a guide to step up my game. I am a professional server, and, I know my food very well. I do not know the sources for ingredients of our crafted cocktails, and I do not know our 100 bottles of wines to the degree you have learned. When I advise my guests in their choice of wine, I speak more generally.

You, sir, are the consummate professional, and I intend to work at your level of expertise. When my guests are paying more than $50 per person, they deserve more than a generalist with a pleasant demeanor.

I am proud of my chosen profession, and I am more than competent. Thank you for your written contribution, so I, and others who care, will continue to raise the bar.

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Posted by Christopher on August 30, 2016 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

For years I got the "are you in school?", then it turned to the, "Are you in a PhD program?"
It's bittersweet now, I must look too old to still be in school, so now I get " Do you live around here?"
Still all the same questions around the same theme..."you could not possibly be a productive, profitable, home-owning member of society by working in hospitality" Little do they know.

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Posted by HR on August 30, 2016 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

Maybe they just want to know if you're in school or wanted to make small talk? If you're working with the public, aren't questions--sometimes bizarre, expected? If someone asking those questions offends you, you certainly would be offended by corporate America.

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Posted by amac on August 30, 2016 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

Perfectly worded!

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Posted by Suzanne Marando on August 30, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Re: “New art installation aims to raise awareness of homelessness

Everyone was run out of tent city. Some given bus tickets. The rest of us...still in the same situation. They just pushed everyone into North Charleston. No longer the city's problem. I don't know one person that was actually housed.

Posted by Twizz84 on August 30, 2016 at 6:04 PM
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