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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.

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

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

who gave you your first job in the industry and where was that? and do you play golf?

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Posted by Lee Ivey on August 30, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

Well said, Phillip. You've got a bright future... Once you graduate school. ;)

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Posted by Josh Mueller on August 30, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

I think the vast majority of people have worked in f&b, realized it is hell, and decided that they would never ever touch it again unless they had to do it while being in school or working on a slowly building good career. More power to ya if you wanna do that for life, but most people would not be able to come close to fathoming your motivations, and so will ask those questions, naturally.

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Posted by Aaron Page on August 30, 2016 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

"The reality is I’m making about double what we pay public school teachers in this state."
And just how far does your pay outstrip the wages of the kitchen staff who make your job possible?

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Posted by ImFromHere on August 30, 2016 at 4:08 PM

Re: “CofC ranks among Princeton Review’s top colleges, gets nod as ‘Party School’

Don't believe it - Charleston's not friendly enough to be a party town.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on August 30, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

Entertaining, enlightening and informative. Well done.

People just need to think before they open their mouths. Myself included....

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Posted by Brad Creger on August 30, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Re: “CofC ranks among Princeton Review’s top colleges, gets nod as ‘Party School’

Only a mere nod after beating out FSU? Bruh, we won, top 15, lets party.

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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on August 30, 2016 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

Amen. I have friends who serve by choice. They are making double and triple what their degree in history or marketing would bring them, either teaching or in the marketing field. How about the turnover at the Peninsula Grill? There is none. Someone needs to die before a spot opens up. Why? Because they can actually afford to live downtown very comfortably on what they make. A good server is a highly skilled profession that is not as easy as people seem to think. I always leave a generous tip, I like to be remembered by my servers and bartenders as a friend and not as a cheap asshole. I wish I could of been diplomatic enough to do this but my bad language, bad attitude, short temper and the inability to know when to shut up kept me in the back where I could be amongst compadres. Kudos Philip for making the right choice and will you be graduating soon?

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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on August 30, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

This is just fabulous.

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Posted by charlestonfoodie on August 30, 2016 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

Bravo! Albeit I have to say there are very few restaurants that have the in depth staff that Fig relishes. That is because management is doing there job with training staff to perfection & staff are happy to be a part of this program it seems. I was at Fig a couple of weeks ago & was overwhelmed with our server who could not have delivered any better service. She was an expert on wines, preparation, details of the cooking of certain dishes & knew exactly how long to linger.

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Posted by pdome on August 30, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Charleston diners, stop asking servers this question

Brilliant Phillip, loved every single word. Bravo, friend.

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Posted by jmstenn on August 30, 2016 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Nadeau Charleston celebrates first birthday next week

So the Nadeau that clung on for a number of years in West Ashley was a figment of my over-active imagination?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on August 30, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Re: “The Agenda: ACT shows 14% college readiness; Graham warming to Trump; Haley campaigning for NC's McCrory

No surprise here on Graham and his "warming" to a tyrant, who is becoming more of a "sheep in wolf's clothing" second-by-second. You know the mantra....support the GOP candidate "tooth and nail" even though he is really standing for the LACK of freedoms, not unlike TSARs of bygone eras.

The GOP states they support freedoms, but their definition doesn't include freedoms for everyone, but only freedoms that support control over certain people's lives:
"Freedom FROM women's rights", "Freedom FROM immigrants", "Freedom FROM the LGBT community", "Freedom FROM pluralism" (reason USA was founded in the first place), "Freedom FROM the poor and needy" and finally, "Freedom FOR personal and corporate greed". The GOP embraces the straight, rich, caucasian (Hello out there...the GOP is using minorities along with poor and less informed supporters to collect their bounty), christian male that helps to feather their political and financial nests.

Opposite of the spectrum is the "Love thy neighbor" (Jesus' words, not mine) type of freedom supporter.
"Freedom FOR women's rights", "Freedom FOR immigrants", "Freedom FOR the LGBT community", "Freedom FOR pluralism" (reason USA was founded in the first place), "Freedom FOR the poor and needy" and finally, "Freedom FROM personal and corporate greed".

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Posted by tupper29406 on August 30, 2016 at 11:28 AM
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