A man named John and his wife loved to indulge occasionally in dining out. However, the couple’s most recent dinner had taken a tense turn due to something that John pointed out about his wife.
Wife’s Dining Etiquette
Despite enjoying dining out with his wife, John felt that she had developed some annoying habits. He felt that these habits did not align with his etiquette, and believed she had inherited these habits from her family.
His Wife Karen
John elaborated on the unusual dining habits that his wife had: “She always complains, sends food back if it’s not absolutely perfect, and makes needless requests/substitutions (even though she doesn’t have allergies or sensitivities)”.
His wife’s habits had resulted in John beginning to dread dining out, despite loving it in the past. “It can easily take 5 minutes for her just to order her own food”, he explained. “Sometimes I’ve already finished my meal by the time she gets her food because she sends it back, asks for modifications, etc.”
Disrespectful To Staff
John had no problem with genuine complaints and modifications, knowing that restaurant staff were willing to accommodate this when necessary. However, his wife’s requests were not necessary, so he felt that she was being disrespectful, which was embarrassing to him.
The Unaddressed Issue
John had attempted to discuss his frustrations with his wife on several occasions, but she failed to see any issue with her behavior. She remained steadfast in believing that her actions were perfectly reasonable, which John found difficult to fathom.
A Unique Approach
Given the lack of progress in resolving this dining dilemma, John recently decided to take an unconventional approach. When he receives the bill at the end of their meals, he takes a few extra moments to write down a list of his wife’s actions on the receipt, along with corresponding monetary values and adds this to the tip he leaves for the staff.
A Receipt Record
To illustrate his case, John described some common comments that he would typically add to the receipt: “Complained about not having a specific beverage, +$5. Asked an excessive number of questions about a single menu item, +$5. Sent her meal back, only to find it was exactly what she ordered, +$5.”
Initially, John’s wife had not noticed this subtle adjustment to their dining routine. However, during a recent dinner outing, she observed him spending an unusually long time calculating the tip. She inquired about it, and John showed her the notes he had made on the receipt.
Upon discovering his actions, John’s wife became upset and felt embarrassed by what she perceived as an inappropriate and petty response to her dining habits. She argued that John was making her look bad in front of the restaurant staff.
A Difference In Perspective
John, on the other hand, defended his approach, asserting that her behavior was also embarrassing, not only to him but to both of them. He believed that his tactic was a way to bring attention to her actions and make her realize the impact of her dining behavior on their dining experiences, as well as the staff.
The Internet’s Verdict
Confident that his approach was smart, John posted his story online, hoping to receive validation for his actions from his online community friends, and that was exactly what he received. “This is great”, responded one reader. “Maybe seeing it written down will give her some perspective. These types of patrons are the worst.”
To his delight, everyone reading John’s story found his approach brilliant. “I find it hilarious”, complemented one commenter. “I bet the servers also enjoy the little fun and the extra money.”
Approval From Servers
The man was even praised by workers in the hospitality industry. “I’m a former server who worked at multiple restaurants”, wrote one person. “I would have HATED your wife, no matter how polite. I have other tables, and she sounds like a time drain who’s impossible to please. I appreciate your itemized receipts. They would have made me and my work buddies’ days”.
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