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Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter | [The Waiter]

Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

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Publisher's Summary

According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

Through outrageous stories, The Waiter reveals the secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and how to keep him from spitting in your food. The Waiter also shares his ongoing struggle, at age 38, to figure out if he can finally leave the first job at which he's really thrived.

(P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The other shoe finally drops. The front-of-the-house version of Kitchen Confidential; a painfully funny, excruciatingly true-life account of the waiter's life. As useful as it is entertaining." (Anthony Bourdain)
"I really enjoyed Waiter Rant. The book is engaging and funny, a story told from my polar opposite perspective." (John DeLucie, chef of The Waverly Inn)

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    Virginia OCONOMOWOC, WI, United States 08-19-12
    Virginia OCONOMOWOC, WI, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ever been a waiter / ever been served by a waiter?"
    Where does Waiter Rant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A JOYFUL read with great humor. This brought back so many memories of my "waiting" days.

    If you have ever gone out to a restaurant, there are things you should know ... this book, albeit short, does give you a behind the scenes of what the staff really does.


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    Chloe COLUMBUS, OH, United States 08-07-12
    Chloe COLUMBUS, OH, United States 08-07-12
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    "you'd better tip the wait staff"
    Where does Waiter Rant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    3 terrific book.


    What other book might you compare Waiter Rant to and why?

    none


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    He really got to the 'meat" of the matter LOL


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yeah, that Waiters actually do spit in your food if you've been a naughty patron.


    Any additional comments?

    i'm tipping 25% instead of the usual 20..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fernando Rockport, MA, United States 08-06-12
    Fernando Rockport, MA, United States 08-06-12
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    "Good book"

    YOu can understand a lot of the restaurant business from this book, there is. Lot that happens behind the curtains that this books explains, you will never go to a restaurant the same way as before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Prince Winthrop, WA USA 04-21-12
    Diana Prince Winthrop, WA USA 04-21-12 Member Since 2015

    Diana

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    "Highly Entertaining!"

    I truly enjoyed this book. Books that give a different perspective into everyday life are among my favorites. All of us have dealt with waiters but few of us know what it is like to be on the other side of the check. This book was informative, entertaining and amusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 04-11-12
    William 04-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Reading, Story may be Odd for Non-Waiters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would suggest this book to a friend, as a friend did to me. However the story line may be hard for non-waiters to relate to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Waiter Rant?

    One chapter is about the restaurant nearly going under. It was amazing. My heart was racing the whole time.


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    He was great. His Latino accent may have been a little bit, cartoon-y.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was a bit too long with this and is written in such a way that it is a series of vignettes that can be listened to at your leisure.


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    John Westfield 11-05-10
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    "Awful"

    I like food and restaurant writing but this is just silly and amaturish - I cannot believe he had a successful blog. Read anything by Michael Ruhlman instead!

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    Paul levy 10-11-09
    Paul levy 10-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "See from another side"

    The narrator is good.
    This book stayed with me long after the listening was over. it's gift is viewing the world from the other side of the table.
    Good choice.

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    Jonas Samsioe 07-07-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Waste of Credit"

    For some reason I was hoping for a book similar to Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential i.e. some insight into the restaurant world. This book is nothing like it and like many of the other reviews state the author needs to get a life or at least stick to his Blog. Just because you can write a witty blog doesn't mean you a re good author! STAY AWAY!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New York, NY 12-02-08
    Amazon Customer New York, NY 12-02-08 Member Since 2012

    a reader from NYC

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    "Great!"

    I enjoyed every moment of this audio. The insight into the restaurant industry was interesting in and of itself and I think the author definitely has a future as a writer. Naturally, in a work like this, he'd talk about himself, in addition to his job. Going in, I expected the self-revelatios to be boring, something I'd have to put up with. I can't say the author's life is anything special. But the way he wrote it is what gives a clue that he has talent. He presented his own mundane issues in such a way as to allow the reader to relate, to empathize. In other words, he made something special ut of the ordinary.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Orange GroveAustralia 09-21-08
    Peter Orange GroveAustralia 09-21-08
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    "Disappointing"

    Somehow, somewhere The Waiter lost the magic of the original blog by concentrating too much on personal emotions. Middle age angst is not what his blog was known for not what I expected from the book.

    Very Disappointed

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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