Dec 16, 08
Waiters ... duh!
Read in December, 2008, read count: 1
I of course found this amusing, considering I was a waitress for three years. Serving supported me through college, and the money was good. Waiter Rant is an extremely accurate portrayal of the restaurant industry, both in the way the author describes the customers and the staff's reactions to the not-so-great ones. (However, I'm proud to say I've never "crop-dusted" a table.) He didn't really tell me anything I didn't know, though. You don't have to be a server to know they don't like bad tips and rude customers, and sometimes the book did feel very "blog-like" (which some people might like, I don't know). Some of the anecdotes were still funny, though, even if they weren't brilliantly written.
Toward the end of the book, I did find myself rooting for the author. While the writing wasn't all that strong, he did manage to surprise me with a small glimpse into his soul on top of the very candid view of the restaurant business. He was funny and witty, too. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who's ever waited tables, just for kicks. Hell, all my friends who are still serving want to borrow it immediately.