As a former member of sports teams and marching bands that are required to keep the organization's name in good standing - I took off my "alumni" car sticker in case I did somethingon the road to piss someone off - I am APPALLED at how the "Westsound Elite" competitive cheer squad (no website available, I guess they're located somewhere in the Puget Sound region) treated me - their server - at my restaurant tonight at dinner. They were in town for a cheer competition.
6 members of the squad and their chaperone - who did nothing to stop these kids - ran me ragged for an hour. Not only did I have to keep coming back to take orders even after they said they were done - and asking the price of each item afterwards too as they were counting their cash to see if they had enough (as if they had enought to tip me!
). Every time I walked by - I had 4 other tables including another large party of 15 - they would throw their arm out behind them and shout out "more coke" ...no please, just a demand, throwing their head the other way. How dramatic.
As soon as I started bringing out food for other tables, balancing 4 plates on two arms or carrying a large tray of beverages they would shout out more demands - multiples at a time. Even if I said "just a minute" they would continue to say "ok, but we want...." They even resorted to snapping their fingers at me when I WAS TALKING TO OTHER TABLES. I would look up and give them the "one minute" finger - they would sigh in annoyance.
Our restaurant offers us the option to add an automatic 15% gratuity. When they asked for the bill - they didn't say the wanted it split, I added 15% and brought it out. 5 minutes later they snapped their fingers and said they wanted it split. One paid with credit card. One person tried to walk out on me when I stopped him on the way out and asked if he paid yet - his credit card folder was empty in the back.
He asked the total, I told him, he didn't have enough and asked why I added the gratuity. I explained it was because he was with the group. "But I'm alone." I was nice and said it doesn't matter. THEY WERE GOING TO STIFF ME!
I can not beleive that this organization would allow their members to patronize local restaurants and expect free service! Thank god I forced them to tip (let alone made that one person pay....) Westsound Elite...if you ever come to my restaurant again, I will personally refuse service to you. You are immature, rude, and I hope I never have to deal with you again.
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