The Communal Dining Thief - Did he actually just ask to try my drink?
The Waitstaff Abuser
The Sad Solo Diner - He didn't even bring a book.
The Ethnic Menu Over-Pronouncer - Calling prosciutto "pra-shoot".
The Tip Minimizer - You could take out the tax, and penalize her because she brought you a lime instead of a lemon for your sparkling water.
The Joined-at-the-Hip Couple - Feed each other food and make cooing noises the whole time.
The Substituter - "I'd like the salmon, but instead of the corn, can I get the braised cauliflower from the steak dish? And instead of the frisee salad, can I get that appetizer you used to have in the '90s, but with a different type of aioli? And instead of the salmon, can I get thrown through the plate glass window in the front of restaurant?"
The Defiant Phone Caller - "No, don't worry about it, I'm not busy. I'm just sitting at dinner with three other people in a restaurant, so obviously I feel like this is the right time to talk openly and loudly about why divorcing Doug was the best thing I've ever done for my sex life. Hold on, I'm getting another call."
The Gluten-Free Evangelist
The Couple with a Baby in a Place Where There Shouldn't Be One - Don't bring little Brayden to the extremely crowded restaurant opening party.
The Perpetual Instagrammer
The Waitress Pick-Up Artist - Did you just draw a pen15 next to your cell number on the check?
The 18-Way Check Splitters - "We'll do $39 each apiece these 10 cards, the debit cards are all $20 and we wrote down the pin numbers in alphabetical order, then the remainder is in Canadian dollars, and the steak knife is for you to murder us all when this finally causes you to snap."
The "Party" Table – Look at us look at us we're having fun.
The Crazily Underdressed
The Crazily Overdressed
The "Friends" of the Owner
The Eavesdropping Couple - They clearly have nothing left to say to each other. They've been silent for 38 minutes!
The Unsolicited Recommender - I have a deadly shellfish allergy; please stop waving your crab in my face to "tempt" me.
The Guy Who Chokes on His Food and Forces You to Save His Life
The Guilt-Tripping Vegan
The Expense Account Flaunter - Did you need to order three entrees, two seafood towers, AND the suckling pig dinner for four? You're just eating by yourself at the bar!
The Ruiner - Did the words "well done, and please bring ketchup" really just come out of your mouth? That's a $60 rib eye! The waiter looked like he wanted to cry.
The Guy Who Always Gets a Burger - Dude, we're at a Thai place.
The "Industry" Insider - Stop telling everyone what it's like in "the restaurant business".
The Clandestine Farter - You think you got away with it. But your eyes and that ever-so-slight shift in your seat reveal everything.
The Painfully Awkward Blind Date
You could not be making everyone else more uncomfortable.
More Americans than ever are dissatisfied with the products and services they buy.
A study showed 56 million American households experienced at least one problem during the past 12 months and about $76 billion in revenue was at stake for the businesses involved.
Satisfaction is no higher than reported in 1976. People are frustrated that there are too many automated response menus, there aren't enough customer-care agents, they waste a lot of time dealing with the problem, and they have to contact the company an average of four times to get resolution. Some of the findings of the survey include:
--The amount of people reporting customer problems went up from 32 percent in the 1976 study, to 45 percent in 2011, and then 50 percent in 2013.
--The number of households experiencing customer rage went up from 60 percent just two years ago to 68 percent this year.
--We're yelling and cursing at customer-service representatives more when dealing with the worst problems, with yelling up from 25 percent in previous rage studies to 36 percent now, and cursing up from 7 to 13 percent.
--The type of product most often responsible for enraging us is cable/satellite TV.
--Though many people associate the government with customer-service issues, 98 percent of the most serious problems stemmed from private companies.
--Despite the rise of the internet, people are still 11 times more likely to complain via phone than web.
--Customer-complaint posting on social-networking sites, such as Facebook, has nearly doubled from 19 to 35 percent since 2011.
--Most of those who reported a complaint - 56 percent - say they got absolutely nothing as a result, up 9 percentage points since 2011.
--When companies added free remedies, such as an apology, to any other monetary relief they gave customers, satisfaction doubled from 37 to 74 percent.
--If the customer was satisfied or at least pacified, he or she only told an average of 10 to 16 people about the problem, but if customers were left dissatisfied, they told an average of about 28 people.
Slacker worked retail before. It drives me crazy when he sees someone putting steak sauce on their premium steaks. If you have a major food allergy do the research before you go into the restaurant. Slacker says he is not the over pronouncer guy he just pronounces them correctly not with an accent or anything.
Steve says it should say that the customer is always a moron not right. Steve has never worked in the service industry. Steve is the guy that asks for a burger in any restaurant or alfredo in a fancy Italian place.
Little D says that Slacker is the over pronouncer guy when they are out at a sushi place. Every place has policies that are set in stone and people think that since they are in a hurry, or because it is the holidays, or you think you are super special that you should break those rules for them. Then they ask for the manager and the manager says the same thing and then they listen to them. I'm not going to risk my job for you!
If you work in the service industry you get to complain. What is your biggest complaint against the customers?
The worst is when they try to pray for you and want to hold your hand right there in the middle of the restaurant while they loudly pray for you!! Then as if that wasn't terrible enough and I put up with it anyways they want to give you one of those mini bibles or a fake million dollar bill that says "The million dollar question" "Does Jesus love you?" as your TIP!! That is the biggest thing for me!!
It's never too late to say, "I'm sorry" – and now one man has lifted a huge burden off his shoulders. In the late 1970s, 18-year-old Michael Goodman wanted to prove to his buddies that he was tough by mugging another teenager on the steps of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Goodman spotted Claude Soffel, reached into his pocket, and swiped his bus pass. However, cops saw what he'd done and cuffed him. He was eventually sentenced to three weeks of community service. But it wasn't over for him. Goodman says he spent the rest of his life feeling horrible about what he had done, and now, thanks to Facebook, he can finally put it behind him. While reading comments about a New York bagel shop on a Facebook page, he noticed the name Claude Soffel and posted an apology to him the comments section. He wrote, "You may not remember this, but a long, long time ago I walked up the steps of [the museum] one afternoon, trying to look like a tough guy and saw you standing there at the top of the steps. I walked up to you and mugged you for your bus pass." He adds, "Finally I can say I'm very sorry that you had to go through that crap that day long ago." Soffel later accepted his apology saying, "Clearly you're a 'bigger man' today. Memory is a funny thing. I recognize your name now as well. Any man who draws a line for himself [and says], 'Today I step forward for myself, my family, and humanity' is a hero to me. So let us now, jointly, put this in its proper place, behind us." Goodman tells the New York Post that a very large weight has been lifted off his shoulders.
Slacker thinks it cool. Slacker is having a huge family rift and would like it to be over after 10 years. He is not sorry for what started it but is sorry that it has lasted so long and gone so far. I don't even understand why we are here. I can't even point my finger at why we don't talk anymore. I miss my brother dearly.
Steve robbed a guy of tens of thousands of dollars of booze. He was insured though. If it happens to me it is different. Steve thinks apologize is not the word to use. You should say I'm sorry. It's therapeutic to say you are sorry for something you know was wrong. Get it off your chest.
Is there something you've done that you need to apologize for?
I want to apologize to my old best friend we aren't friends anymore per his choice through drama from his jealous pregnant girlfriend. I lashed out too quickly in an immature manner that was foolish and wrong. I stooped to her level and that is not my style. He needed me to be an adult as I always am. I was just tired of the stupidity that he constantly involves himself with. I'm sorry for not being the friend you needed.
I'm writing you for some advice about breaking up with a friend. We used to be really close and did everything together. Then, she got pregnant and had a baby. Now she's always busy and when she can make time to get together, it's all about her baby. Instead of trying on dresses at the mall, it's all bathroom breaks for diaper changes, breast feeding in the food court, and stops at baby stores. I can't stand it! That's how it is everywhere we go. She went from the girl I could have some fun with to the total mom type. Should I tell her I can't be friends with her because she makes everything about her baby, or do I just slowly fade out of her life? Thanks for the help guys!
Slacker says that she should confront her. You can suggest a solution like offer to help pay for a baby sitter. Friendship is about pretending that you care about things even when you don't. Either you are really friends or you're not.
Steve says that segregation lies here. There are the people that have kids and the ones that don't. You lose a lot that you used to have in common. When you are still single your life is still about partying and having fun. Someone needs to break it off because one of them made a life decision and the other didn't. They don't fit together anymore there worlds collided.
Whose side are you on? What advice do you have for Amber?
I think that a baby is a life changing event and your friendship is never going to be the same again. Nothing will ever come before that baby now not ever, not you, not a shopping trip, nothing! She has to get used to being a mom, the first time is the worst. Your whole life revolves around that child. Ask your friend to go do specific girls only no baby things. "Hey we should go to see a show or go out for a girl's night as a break from the baby you deserve it being a mom is hard work."
Conducting a science experiment on the radio?! We have been checking horoscopes for the last 3 months. That's right we actually worked for this story. This is how it works, people go to a website in the morning and as they go through their day they notice things pertaining to that horoscope. Have you ever done it in reverse and gone back to a major event and read that day's horoscope to see if it says anything about it in the horoscope? We asked for people to call in if they had an epic event like babies, proposals, accidents, promotions, etc. We looked back into our archive to see if the horoscope predicted it or not.
Slacker (Aries) read a horoscope dated back to 10/11 on a day when he and Steve gotten into an argument. The horoscope said on both sides that they would be fighting with co-workers. While it is still vague it is still relevant.
Steve (Sagittarius) thinks astrology is bunk. Horoscopes were invented 1,000 years ago yet the star's positions have all moved in the sky. Steve says that today they would all be off by one.
Tally of callers says: 3=true 2=false
Has a horoscope ever proved true on something major in your life?
My day today: It was snowing this morning it took me 1 hour and 45 min to get to school. It was my last day at I am now a graduate. I had my exit interview with the school director and told her all the ways I think they could improve the program. I am now on a scary journey to find a job and start a new life fighting for a dream with so many others doing the same. It was a bittersweet day because I'm going to miss my new friends but I am excited for it's finish.
My Horoscope today Virgo: Dive deep. This isn't a day to stay in shallow waters. This is a day to go beyond your normal limits. Although there may be a great emotional charge accompanying everything you do, let this be the excitement that fuels your passion and not the reason to stop. Getting started may be tough, and you may want to spend the day in bed. Once you get going, it may be hard to slow down.
My Horoscope today Libra: You may think only advanced surfers can handle the big waves. But how are you going to improve your ability if you don't test your limits? This is your day. Take control and push beyond your boundaries. You'll find validation. This is one of your fantastic "up" times when you're glowing with passionate radiance that showers light on the rest of the world. (courtesy of horoscope.com)
Ex-NFL star Plaxico Burress is being sued by his neighbors in New Jersey after his dog carried out a vicious attack. Burress played wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets and New York Giants. He has a mansion in New Jersey and the attack happened near his home. According to Burress' neighbor, his pitbull inflicted serious and permanent injuries to her head, body and limbs after it got loose and attacked her. Her lawsuit is asking for unspecified damages. Her husband is also part of the suit. He claims the attack has caused him to lose out on the "services" and "companionship" of his wife.
Two years ago, a cat named Jacque disappeared from his houseboat in Mississippi. The 3-year-old kitty was recently found more than 1,000 miles away, in Colorado! A local veterinary clinic located Jacque's microchip and was able to get in touch with the owner, who was shocked to get the call. Jacque has now been reunited with his owner and is back at home.
What is your "I Thought It Was Gone Forever" story?
Yi! My boyfriend and I have decided to move in together after 6 years together. He is adamant that we should rent, but I want to buy a house. I think that in the 6 years we have been together, we have spent enough nights together to know that we can live together. He says that since we've never lived together that we should rent first to see how it goes. He says that no matter how long you've been together, there is always things you don't know about the other person until you live together. What do you think? After this long, is renting or buying a good idea?
A recent survey of guys ranked the most annoying girlfriend behaviors from worst to simply bothersome. Here they are:
1. Being a picky eater.
2. Taking forever to get ready.
3. Nagging. Really surprised this isn't number one.
4. Requiring too much attention.
5. Comparing your relationship to other relationships.
We also found a list of things guys need to stop doing because they drive the women in their lives crazy:
10. Keeping your dirty clothing in a pile
9. Playing video games all weekend
8. Using Febreze instead of cleaning
7. Treating hygiene like it's for special occasions
6. Not preparing your own meals
5. Poor sleep habits
4. Bad toilet etiquette
3. Wearing wrinkled clothing
2. Drinking from the container
1. Bedroom wall posters
Check out these funky Thanksgiving events happening across the country: Colored Turkeys at Gozzi's Turkey Farm: Every year, this working Connecticut farm dyes the feathers of its turkeys vibrant colors and then lets kids hand-feed the rainbow birds. It sounds weird, but kids apparently love it. McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Macy's might get the hype and the media coverage, but in Chicago, the McDonald's parade is where it's at. The Turkey Testicle Festival: 21 and over only at the Parkside Pub in Huntley, Illinois, on the eve of Thanksgiving. That's when 1,000 pounds of turkey testicles will be served and eaten alongside pizza and beer ... probably lots and lots of beer. Harvest Dinner at Plymouth Plantation: If you are a real American history buff, this is the celebration for you – a historical dinner at the original Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. The food and dress are as authentic as it gets, but don't wait until the last minute if you want to go. Tickets are in such high demand, they go on sale in June! The Green Lake Gobble: So a mashed potato eating contest might not sound that unusual, but what about a mashed potato eating contest after running a 5k?! That's what they do in Seattle. The runner who eats the most mashed potatoes in 4 minutes goes home with a gravy boat load of cash.
In Slacker's family it is tradition that everyone bring something to add to the centerpiece. Each family member gets to add their own special thing so it represents the entire family and what everyone is thankful for. Lil D has friends that spend all year building remote control cars and then they have a big demolition derby with them before Thanksgiving dinner. The driver of the last car standing gets their pick of turkey before anyone else.
Does your family have any weird Thanksgiving traditions?
A recent article talked about why families fight during the holidays. They are:
10. What time should we eat?
9. Can I bring my new significant other?
8. I Got Kicked Out of School/Fired/Failing At Life
7. Mom, You Are a Bad Cook
6. Politics/Religion/Sex/All Things Taboo
5. Uncle Brad Came Out of the Closet
4. Grandpa/Mom/You Drinks Too Much
3. Money, Money, Money!
1. I Am Not Hungry/Stop Putting Food on my Plate
Whether it's the person that starts the fight every year or the creepy drunk uncle, we all have the black sheep of the family. What's your best black sheep story?