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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.

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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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    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 01-06-09
    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 01-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A good read...."

    This book was informative as well as funny.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-20-08
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-20-08
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    "Not my style"

    Maybe if I were in the resturant field I would have enjoyed this, but I'm not, and didn't. Parts of it were funny and informative, but mostly boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Austin, TX, USA 10-13-08
    Richard Austin, TX, USA 10-13-08
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    "Truly Ranting"

    I did not find any useful or entertaining story here. The title is quite correct: this is a rant. It is somewhat the story of a portion of the life of a waiter, but I am unable to connect the dots to determine what the flow of this could be other than rant.
    I would give it no stars, but can't seem to get the system to accept that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Watkins St Pete FL 10-04-08
    R. Watkins St Pete FL 10-04-08 Member Since 2008

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    "I enjoy the "RANT""

    I have several friends that are waiters and always wanted to try it, but after listen I will leave it to the professionals. This is a good listen I enjoyed the narator

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam San Jose, CA, USA 08-14-08
    Adam San Jose, CA, USA 08-14-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappionting Service"

    I was hoping for 'Kitchen Confidential' from a waiter's perspective. I got a narcissistic diatribe on the restaurant business and customers.
    The book contained no real insights, suggestions or revelations.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steve from MD 08-12-08 Member Since 2005
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    "This is a rant not a book"

    The author offers little new info. He seems to lack an ability to realize his own faults. He tries to be like Kitchen Confidential but is a let down. His own ego gets in the way of any real insight. He insists that a patron is lying about getting ill from a meal to get out of a bill she has already paid. His medicine is incorrect. She could have had food poisoning that resolved in the time frame as a result of Staph food poisoning. He spends a page spouting incorrect medical info to bolster his point. Another point is that patron are upset to see a hair in their food. However, I doubt that people see this a a lottery ticket not to pay a bill. Yes bugs and hair happen but show a little respect for your customer.

    Overall it is a rant. A rant is an emotional attack often with no prove to its arguments. Clearly this is an egotistical persons comments. It offers as much insight as the author has to his own life, none.

    This is my first negative review.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 08-17-08
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 08-17-08 Member Since 2002
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    "amusing"

    I thought this was an amusing recap of the life of an extroverted waiter. The narrator was terrific, and brought life to the story.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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