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Waitstaff Gone Awry

There are restaurants in which people serve -- or wait on -- patrons.  These people are known as waitresses and waiters or collectively, the waitstaff.  By definition, their job is to wait on customers.  Recently, a trend has developed wherein requests to the waitstaff are greeted with a reply that it would be "no problem."  How is that relevant?  Who cares if it is or isn't a problem for the waitperson?  To drive home this point, although I would never shortchange any waitperson of a tip (I waited in my youth, and I know how hard it is), once recently, I encountered a waitress who replied to my requests by saying, "It would be my pleasure."  I was so pleasantly surprised, that I made note of it to her, encouraged her to keep it up, and doubled her tip.

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