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Saturday, May 30, 2009

What Is It With Smoking?

Last night it got busy and if I smoked I guess I could relate better but when it is busy why is it someone has to ask me if I can watch their table while they have a quick smoke? Is it such a need to smoke at a given time rather than wait later , like after work maybe?

Besides how in the world can you enjoy a smoke when all you are going to do is run inside and give some service that is needed or overdue by the time you finish the smoke. Like the other people have time to watch your table for you when they are managing their own section.

Just a thought I guess.....


¸.•*´)ღ¸.•*´Chris said...

I am a smoker, currently in the throes of quitting. When I was serving, I waited until my tables were clear, then I grabbed a smoke if the opportunity arose. Sometimes it is convenient, sometimes not. I am being paid to work, not smoke and the customers shouldn't have to suffer because of my habit.

I try to be considerate of others. I don't smoke around people who find it offensive. I don't impose upon my coworkers to cover the bar so I can step out for a smoke. It's just rude. I always carry gum or breath mints with me to help with the urges.

If it were me, I would have politely told them no and offered them a stick of gum or breath mint to hold them over.

Nathan said...

as a smoker myself i can sort of understand where they are coming from. Although on the other hand i would never go out for a smoke if it was busy. Even if my section is fine I'm sure someone in the restaurant could use a hand. Smokes can always wait till the rush is over.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Chris...you are a model smoker and co worker.I just kind of look at them funny and the person gets the message and walks away.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Nathan...welcome and a model smoker as well I might add with concern for the guest taking precedent over the need to inhale nicotine.Thanks for your comment.

G.H. said...

A situation arose like this, one afternoon at work. I had already clocked off and was ready to go home when my manager told me I needed to stay and give a fellow waitress a smoke break. I asked her
Why I didn't get a break, and she let me know it was because I didn't smoke. I told her that seemed unfair and she agreed, but said that the fellow server was just much more pleasant to work with once she'd had a smoke.

I don't judge any smokers, and I respect their rights, but to be given special privileges in the work place I think is insanity.
Because hell, once I've had a nap, a glass of red wine, or a bite of chocolate i'm sure i'm much more pleasant to be around to.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

K.H. Seems a bit unfair doesn't it. I was a bit tired tonight so I guess in the middle of the rush I could have asked to have a quick siesta while someone watched my section. Ha

dave said...

How about the guest who pops off for a quick smoke? That can be distruptive as well.

Last night, I had a couple who did that twice. They were gone almost 10 minutes each time. The first time was convenient for me because I was getting doublesat when I needed to bring them their soup. the second time, it was inconvenient for them, because their steaks probably sat for 3 or 4 minutes before they came back. I couldn't un-fire their food, after all.

"So You Want To Be A Waiter"

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

Dave...that's true too the other way around with the customer going for a smoke can be annoying. Sometimes I have run outside to tell them their food is ready to get them back inside.But the worst part too I find is after the main course and it's dessert time they stay out longer and take turns coming in and out.There is no hurry once they have eaten.

James Mortimer said...

As a quitting social smoker (I know, terrible) I understand the impulsion that some people can get.

But there is a time and a place.

As a manager I always allow team to take cigarette breaks, but make sure that it is balanced for the other team that don't smoke.

Equally, consideration needs to be shown both ways.

Smokers need to fullfill a craving, but non smokers shouldn't have to suffer.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

James...if there be a manager like you in charge of the breaks that would be ideal. But where I work the waiter does not get a break scheduled for anytime in the service. So really the only people who will take their break for sure is the smoker who needs the quick fix. In Australia you might have and I am guessing unions that make sure the waiter gets a break. Here the unions are going by way of the dodo bird. No benefits , no breaks , less than minimum wage , no seniority , no nothing. Some hotels still have unions but the restaurants out here have nothing.
I like your fairness James!

G.H. said...

James- Come manage my restaurant. I think I might enjoy working a little more.

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

K.H...I am with you on that one. Hey James can you fix us a work permit??