Friday, 26 September 2008

The cruelty of some people.....

I rarely give a second thought to what happens to my guests when they leave and if I'm being honest I don't tend to give a tiny little rats ass either. I'm sure plenty of them venture forth into the ether to enjoy a few pleasant libations and continue the merriment. Like I say I don't care. But as I cleared the empty glasses, wine bottles and spilled sugar packets from my recently vacated table of twelve I did wonder about one of the party. I wondered if she had enjoyed the evenings revelry or if it had all just been all just been a torturous affair.

not on my shift you don't...

She was a large lady with sensible clothes and unsculpted hair. This was in very stark contrast to the rest of the table who were all guilty of trying too hardism. You know the sort, perfectly fixed hair, revealing clothes with matching accessories and all wreaking in odious and off putting scents. The women were no better either. And then there was this woman. Like I say she was large and, how can I put this, natural. It wasn't just her ample frame that made her seem so incongruous to the rest of the table. She was quieter than the rest and in many ways more genteel. But her voice carried no weight with the rest of her group - she spoke but was never heard.

It had been a works night out which explained why she was with such detestable people. I can't imagine she would have chosen to spend her Thursday night off with such frightening bores. No one spoke to her with the obvious exception of me. They spoke at her, they spoke about her, they mocked her choices and snickered in her face. It was brazen and it was cruel. I was shocked at first and shaking with anger by the end.

"So are we getting starters?" Asked one of the hard faced fuckers.

They all indicated no, except one small voice at the end of the table.

"I might."

"Aye we'll skip on the starters and get dessert instead." Came another hard rasping voice. I looked around the table to see if anyone else had heard her indicate her desire to have a starter. Maybe I was having a flashback again. Damn that acid I took in the 90's.

"I might get a soup to start." She said more hopefully than forcefully.

"Aye you would! Here, she's getting a bloody starter."

"Who?"

"Who'd y'think?"

They all started laughing, their tacky gold bracelets jangling with each raucous belly laugh. This continued for a moment until the forty a day smoking habit caught up with a few of them and they started to cough.

She didn't have the soup in the end. I took their order. They made their selection and chose to share side dishes with each other, except for her. She had to order her own. This was vicious. It continued like this for the whole meal. She was cut out of each decision wether it was the type of wine to order or what coffees to get, she was just ignored. It was like a table for eleven and a table of one, not a table of twelve.

Never in my twenty years waiting tables had I seen someone treated so badly, well not by another guest. Fuck I wanted to smack the fuckers up their snide sharp hard faces. They made a very big mistake though when they thought it would be a spiffing idea to drag me into their world of abuse.

"Here, waiter" It was the really nasty woman with the really sharp features and inch long nails. She sounded like one of the Aliens from Mars Attacks. Actually she looked like one of the aliens from Mars Attacks.

"Yes?"

"See if there's anything left over stick it in a bag for yer woman, she'll have it for supper. Actually she rather have you for supper. What you doing later?"

The table fell about laughing like the bullies they were. The screech from their thin lipped pie holes was almost unbearable. I half expected a dozen dogs to show up. She went red, I went red and then I hit back with.....

"Well to be honest madam, I'd be honoured to take her home. She's the only one of you I would."

And I walked off.

Their laughter faded a bit. Some didn't get it and some did. Fuck I was shaking with anger. I went for a smoke just before they left. I didn't want to have to wish them a pleasant evening etc.

As I cleared the table I wondered about her. I wondered why she took the abuse. I hope she was okay when she got home. I really hope she is planning to kill em all, one by one, slowly and painfully.

I hate people, most are just a waste of skin and nail varnish.

49 People trying to get Manuel's attention:

eguinan said...

Good for you. Well fucking done. That sort of shit makes me fume, but it's hard to a) think of an appropriate response and b) actually take the fuckers on.

You managed both tasks with aplomb.

Manuel said...

is this working yet? eh?

Manuel said...

that's a yes then.....

eguinan: It's not what I wanted TO say! But I'm still not sure if I helped or hindered....

Lone Waitress said...

Amazing response to those nasty cnts. Well done. If I were in that woman's shoes I would have had a smile on my face when I left your restaurant.

Sooz said...

Like your style Manuel, I'd've done the same, and have done in the past. Fuck, I hate bullies! There's just no need, people really are scumbags....

Manuel said...

lone waitress: welcome! I hope she did...

sooz: it's the only way to deal with such horrid fuckers....

savannah said...

you are a true gentleman, sugar! well done! xoxo

Maxi Cane said...

It is a weird situation to be in as a server, I know.

The sad thing is that she probably only went to avoid the abuse of not going the next morning in the office.

You're right though, bullies.

Manuel said...

savannah: if only you knew the real me.....hehehehe

Manuel said...

maxi: you see it all the time but rarely as overtly as that....

Medbh said...

Bravo, Manuel.
It's hard to believe that there are so many cruel motherfuckers taking breath. Why are they still acting like mean children?
I fucking hate bullies with the fire of 100 suns.

Manuel said...

medbh: oh me too....but some people never seem to grow out of it......

banquet manager said...

Great storytelling. Hope you're not turning into a softie?
So You Want To Be a Banquet Manager

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

That was a great reply.I would not have hesitated to say the same.
What should have happened afterwards is she should have played along with it to shut that bitch up at the table.Say something like see who is the good looking one around here to shut her up.That nice woman the next time they go out should tell them to go fly a kite.Screw them.
Unfortunately she probably will be teased again tomorrow at work about it all.People are mean.The only way they feel good is kicking someone else down.

Becke (Columbus Foodie) said...

I've been that large woman in the past - been the center of bullying in the workplace, and yes - it is tough to deal with, especially when the only thing keeping you from shoving your fist down the persons throat is your need of that job.

She probably took it because she has to work twice as hard to get half as far as the rest of them in her career. Because not playing along means that she's "not a team player". Because in those situations, there is no right answer - she would have gotten crap had she chose to get a salad sans dressing.

Now that I don't work outside the home, I have much less tolerance for the bs - either like me or hate me, but you gd better well respect me. If not, I've got absolutely no use or time for you.

I hope your comment was the bright part of her day. I know it would have been for mine.

Gypsy said...

I am so damn proud of you Manuel, I could kiss your sweet little cheeks :) Hell is waiting for those other M*therfuckers she had the misfortune to be sharing a table with.

Syd said...

Long-time reader delurking to give you a standing ovation, Manuel! Those a**holes probably did give her a bad time the next day, but I'm hoping she at least left your restaurant with a smile in her heart--I know I would have.

Bravo, sir. Bravo!

paddy said...

Well played sir! Hope the poor girl gets of the clutches of those harpies.....

Silverstar said...

I too have been that large woman. You would have made me smile. And yeah, looks only last so long, then you're just like the rest of us. Karma is sweet.

Red hair, Red face said...

Fair play Manuel, bet you really perked up that womans night

Red hair, Red face said...

although be careful....she might get the wrong idea and keep turning up to the restaurant looking for you thinking she has a chance......what would LMM think?!

sheepworrier said...

Fair play Manuel. I'd say that wee dig at the twats made her night. You'd wonder about the mentality of people who need to belittle someone else just to make themselves look/feel better.

belfastyouthworker said...

true gent manuel. some people will always be dickheads!

Sharon said...

Such evil people. I hope your honourable decision to stand up to them will bolster that woman's confidence and will give the witches pause for thought.

Well done man.

Manuel said...

banquet manager; no no I'll be stealing candy from babies again this afternoon.....

steve: you see that's what I was worried about after...

becke: Welcome! Awh god I hope so....

gypsy: I mean how do people like thats sleep.....

syd: welcome! stop it stop it.....I'm blushing .....

paddy: I hope she poisons them.....

silverstar: damn right.....

red hair: no no no no why would you say tha!? aarrgghh!

sheepo: I know! That's a blogger thing .....hehehehe

byw: we should send you round.....!

Manuel said...

sharon: oh I hope so.....but some how I doubt it...

AnFearBui said...

That poor lady shared a table with 11 & they couldn't rustle up a spine between them.Find the loudest & there's the most insecure coward.
How about a pillory back of house...or would the Chefs start getting ideas?

Sweetchuck said...

You should have got chef to put some man sauce on their food.

Crispy said...

OMG the hateful fu**ing bas***ds. I am so cross with the whole lotta them. How dare they think they are better than her, to ignore her, to ridicule her....OMG Manuel I am sooooooooooooo ragin...! I hope she did go home with a smile on her face, but if I know bullies I amagine the teased her relentlously about it. I hope she does kill them slowly, one by one.
I think I appear to be having a mini rant there....well done, da would be proud of you.

T cup said...

well done you

carine said...

what a shower of shites. you're the hero of the day manuel, well done.

x

Melissa said...

I'm continually flabbergasted at the way people treat others. I don't know why I'm surprised anymore. I hate seeing people being treated like that - good for you to stand up for her. I hope she never wastes her time to join her asshole colleagues again.

redleeroy said...

I hope she took the a taxi home. They all took the bus, which promptly plunged into the river and sank to the bottom. The filthy shitbags.

redleeroy said...

sorry i don't know why I chose to write in mad language just now.

Natasha said...

I want to give you a little round of applause for that! I hope it made her feel better, although it'd be difficult to feel any kind of good after spending an evening with such a bunch of whorish harpies :( Well done!
(From a long time reader, usually too shy to comment!)

Lottie said...

This makes me sad. They say that children are cruel but adults are just as bad. I hope this woman has a happy life away from these people and some day learns to stand up for herself.

esther_da_one said...

haha.. cool comment given to that bitch..
i wish i could come up with comments like that on the spot.:D

all the way from Malaysia,
-esther-

Blondefabulous said...

Fucking HATE people like that.

They all need to take a long walk off a short dock into a lake of acis. Or be drug over carpet tacks and dipped in rubbing alcohol!

Just remember, the quiet ones are always the first to bring a large caliber rifle to work.

Ms. McDermott said...

Long time reader, first time commenter. Kudos to you. A million years ago, I too waited tables, but, I never had the right words for the snappy retort until later, when it was too late. Thank you for being a decent guy. You've just added another smattering of good karma to the universe.

lizzie said...

Wow, that was lovely. I would have struggled for a response, and yours was perfect. So glad not all of us are tongue-tied. :-)

Masquerade said...

Bravo to you Manuel. As one of the bullied 'fat girls' of the world I can tell you that she appreciated it more than she ever could have hoped to express.

daisyfae said...

bastards. i hate bullies. have proudly tripped and messed with a few in my day. mostly proud that both of my kids go after them with the same relish i do...

nicely done. unfortunate that boneheads like that rarely register the insult...

Gwynneth said...

Unbelievably cruel. You did great. I think you should start a sideline business teaching folks how to come up with the _exact_ right line at teh _exact_ right time! Well done you.

Ed said...

Manuel, you are a true gent sir. You say the things that everyone wishs they could think of at the time..

bye bye bellulah said...

Hero xx

SpamGirl. said...

Oh gosh! Manuel you're a total gent. Bet you made her day.

P.S. Found you through English Mum!...luuurve your blog :)

Anonymous said...

Im proud of you :)

Manuel said...

awh shucks everyone you are making me blush......must redress this positive feeling.....

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