Monday, April 23, 2012

Restaurant Mental-Health-Code Violations: Humor from the New Yorker

Paul Simms wrote a single page of humor in the New Yorker this week that contained some of the funniest scenarios in dining that I've ever considered.

My favorite was “Server rapidly rattles off long list of beers on tap. One member of dining party asks server to repeat list. Server repeats list just as rapidly. Same member of dining party asks server to repeat list one more time. Everyone else in party wants to murder both server and customer, who ends up ordering a bottle of Stella.” I think we've all experienced this, although a more skilled server will refer to the printed list of beers on the third request.

A close runner-up, which I experienced in New York no less, is "Counter personnel at fast-food establishment being just ridiculous about one-napkin-per-order policy."

This writing gets a five-star Yelp review. You can catch all the humor in Paul Simm's New Yorker article.

I also have a bonus restaurant video from Portlandia. It takes about 20 seconds to set the scene, but then serves up a ludicrous view of both staff and patrons.


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