By Prerana Sharma,
Etiquette Table Manners –
We all are so fond of having different delicacies at different restaurant, always eager to try out any new restaurant opened near by, even on a date couples opt to spend hours in a restaurant, but with a casual attitude almost every where, how many of us are well aware of table manners?
Moreover, do you know why in an arranged Indian marriage, mom-dad sends a girl with her would be hubby to a restaurant? A manâ€™s real behavior can be observed well only when he is sitting in a restaurant, because while eating and drinking in a public place, people unknowingly reveal their real self! While eating out, many a times I have seen people doing so many funny and irritating things. So I thought of sharing what all I observed about human behavior in public place and what good table manners is.
What unpleasant behavior I saw people doing
1. Fights to get a seat without booking-
People tend to arrive at a restaurant at peak hours and then fight with manager if they donâ€™t get a seat saying â€œdonâ€™t u know who am Iâ€ â€œyour management is badâ€ etc..etc..
It is his fault that he didnâ€™t book a table, not the managerâ€™s fault.
Lesson learnt: if u can not wait to be seated, better book your table in advance.
2. Booked a table, but arrived late
People reserves a table but arrives late thinking that â€˜I wonâ€™t be having problem nowâ€™ but the restaurant have right to cancel and give away your table to someone else if he donâ€™t arrive in time. Usually they start to argue with management for this but it is totally his fault because he didnâ€™t had the courtesy to inform the management that he will be late!!
Lesson learnt : donâ€™t be late if u have a booking, if you know u will be late, inform the management.
3. Table booked for two, coming with 4 guests
Oh my god, this is sooo common! People come with extra guests and then ask for extra chairs! How can a small table for two accommodate 4 chairs? Then they start to quarrel!
Lesson learnt : donâ€™t invite embarrassment for yourself in front of your guests, be prepared before u go yaar!!
4. People eating out while suffering from a flu
I know the taste buds goes to coma when we catch a cold and we crave to eat something spicy&tasty, then do it home delivered na. It is so irritating when someone with a flu eats out and continuously keeps coughing & sneezing, yak..!!
Lesson learnt :Donâ€™t eat out when u have caught a cold! Person sitting next to your table will not be able to have their meal if you are sneezing n coughing.
5. Women arriving with toddlers and not able to handle when the baby starts crying
It is very irritating when a couple sitting next to your table have a baby in their lap and the baby is continuously cry- uaa..uaa..uaa! it disturbs all other guests .
Lesson learnt : take a nanny with u so that she will handle the baby well when he starts crying. At the same time treat the nanny as if she is your family member, not as a servant! After all, respect is not status dependentâ€¦
6. Friends snatching from each otherâ€™s plate
Friends have a very casual attitude towards each other. Best friends share single plate at home, it may b ok in public place also fight over salad and last piece of tikka, or steal it from each otherâ€™s plate!
Lesson learnt : we may share single plate in home but in public place, better avoid stealing from each otherâ€™s plate, it is an eye sore to others.
7. Seeking attention of waiter by â€œsuh suhâ€
It is the most awkward thing! I mean, he is also a human, people should give respect to him too.
Lesson learnt : â€œexcuse meâ€ is the well mannered way to seek attention / call waiter.
8. Sipping coffee in lunch hours and making hungry people to wait
It happened to me many times. After a long outing/shopping when we reach a restaurant for lunch, all seats are full and few of them sipping tea/coffee in peak hour and not leaving the seat even after 2hrs, donâ€™t even realize that others are waiting to be fed!
Lesson learnt : good manners says, we should not keep our table engaged for too long time over coffee when others are waiting in peak lunch/dinner hours, if you are dieing out to have coffee, go to cafÃ© day not a restaurantâ€¦
9. Leaving the â€œchillersâ€/coins or give tip to waiters
It is so funny when people fight if Rs5/- balance is not returned after he pays his bill, I mean, he wonâ€™t become poor if he donâ€™t get back 5/- balance back!
Lesson learnt : It is a good gesture to leave coins/small amount balance as a tip for the waiter. Who knows, he may remember u and u may get better service when u visit the restaurant next timeâ€¦
Do you follow all these manners? Have u came across any funny/irritating thing done by people in restaurants?
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