By Kyle | March 4, 2013
My Sunday column has activated the hate sensors of the “service industry.” A sampling of this morning’s hate mail:
YOU were the abortion I was supposed to go through with that summer! I had a hunch you would grow up to be a half-assed sensationalist for the Post, and not a real human being with standards and a sense of decency. F**k. Please tell me more about your trip to France and how much your trout costs.
PS Thank you for being the only grown up in NYC who has the guts to tackle high school theater jokes. You make me so proud, little man.
I work hard every night serving you douche. Go f–k yourself you sanctamonious nazi. Kill yourself and do us all a favor.
Subject line: F*****************k Yoooooooooooou!
Wow, you are the most pretentious a**hole ever brought to my attention! You had better learn to cook, because you are no longer welcome in any restaurant, anywhere. You probably would’ve owned a bunch of slaves in the old south, just to beat for fun. You are disgusting, congratulations!
You are one of the worst writers allowed to deliver content to the world. The level of d**kishness you display in your pointless dribble is unparalleled. Though you are obviously not widely read, I am surprised NY Post’s sub-subpar online opinion section (the place inadequate, self-inflated a**holes go to rot and die) allows you to take up any bandwidth whatsoever.
Here is a tip for you: if you don’t like the attempts-at-pleasantry service staff are compelled to make by their owners, don’t eat out. Not, at least, at the lower-rent yet somewhat trendy places your pathetic pay check affords you. You see, Kyle, in fine dining establishments, the staff is better trained. There is a McDonald’s near your apartment. Trust me, their service is nearly silent! Except, of course, for that single question they famously ask about whether or not you would like fries.
The thesis of this article was “I am a f**king a**hole!” Please come up with something less self-centered in the unfortunate event there is a next time.
Wow, Kyle, you fit right in with the other Post writers: a whiny little bitch who’s never done a real day’s work but loves to complain about having to enjoy the perks of reporting. Boo-hoo:( Why don’t you just eat at McDonald’s and save your employers your salary and the wasted newsprint? You’re well on your way to being an OpEd guy for the Post, congrats!
To whom it may concern,
First and foremost, I am an artist, not your servant. I, and what seems like a million other actors, singers, dancers, et cetera, moved to New York City not to be your slave for 90 minutes, but to pursue a bigger goal. People like me tend to flock to restaurant jobs because the hours are more flexible than an office or even a retail job, and the money per hour is enough to pay expensive New York rent when people like Kyle Smith aren’t leaving 11%.
I haven’t been that offended by an article in awhile. In this day and age, anyone to think of anyone as a servant is just cruel. I for one, am not your servant. In fact, I AM a bit of a “Master of Ceremonies,” as Mr. Smith put it. I am there to make sure that your experience at my restaurant is exactly to your liking, so much so that you will come back time and again. The thing about serving in a New York restaurant, particularly in the midtown area, is that people want the show. Many midtown patrons don’t speak English, and need help and guidance. Some tourists even want to get to know you personally, as they’re not doing a lot of talking to locals. True, not everyone wants this kind of personal service, and most servers should know to cater their spiel to the vibe they’re getting from the guest, but the other thing is that we work for tips. If tips are based on percentage of the bill and how good the service was, we want to make sure you’re smiling. That usually means we have to be friendly and make sure everything is okay. If you don’t want that kind of service, maybe say something at the beginning of your meal, “Hi Jason, I’m sure you’re sweet, but I’ll make it easy for you and tell you that if I need something, I’ll let you know.” This way Mr. Smith is getting the service he wants without ruining Jason’s night with an 11% tip.
I’m sure Mr. Smith thinks he’s being cute by saying he will leave 11% to the “creepy ex-darlings from their high school theater departments,” but that’s actually a problem. As this article made it abundantly clear that Mr. Smith has never worked in a restaurant, let me tell you what happens with your tip. Waiters in New York City earn $5/hour base pay. Now, when you leave a 20% tip, I still have to tip out (meaning pay off) the busser, sometimes the bartender or barista, and sometimes a food runner. Depending on the restaurant, this usually means that I’m making 16% off of the 20% you graciously gave me. If you give me an abhorrent 11%, that means I’m actually only making about 7%. Servers NEVER make the entire amount of money you leave them for their meal.
And so you know, we “preening scamps” are pretty miserable while serving you. Some are better at being genuine while working, but we’d all rather be somewhere else. Serving takes a toll on the body, I know that’s why I squat while I tell you the specials because my lower back is in so much pain from being your servant all day every day, I need a break. God forbid I have to go to the bathroom during a lunch rush if Kyle Smith needs his latte and needs it NOW. We don’t eat, relieve ourselves, or get breaks during our very long shifts, all because if you need something and have to wait more than 30 seconds to tell us, our tip suffers, or you’ll tell our manager that service was slow and we’ll get FIRED.
Lastly, do not belittle my job prospects, as while they’re unconventional, they are real goals for real jobs. I could get on my sassy horse too and say that I could blog for the New York Post, as I have a computer and opinions, and I could get much worse than that. I won’t because to my core, I am a nice person, and I won’t attempt to ruin Kyle Smith’s day with frivolous insults. I’ll leave that to Kyle. If he likes the service in France, he should probably move there. It’s a completely different way of living. If he’s going to live in New York, however, he should probably get off his obnoxious sassy horse, learn to deal with artists being his servers, learn some compassion, and start leaving 20% like a real man.
Mr. Smith You have
What is known as the big “bitter”going on. Forward don’t go out to restaurants cook your meals relax go to a family owned place that is not pretentious find a nice small café where u are not hounded ,people are sincere . Petition Congress to apply the minimum-wage living wage to waiters and servers so they do not have to work for tips .You come across looking pampas arrogant And spoiled. And yes I am an-actor who bar tends who manages who has waited on tables . And many times the course and execution of these servers is directed from above from the owners on down….or if all else fail pretend you are deaf and write a note stating you would like to eat without being disturbed and you suffer from irritable vowel syndrome and must eat and chew each bite 10-15 times do you may be At this table for a while.. Believe it or not fit every over zealous server there are 100s of patrons who are manner less and obviously raised by Neanderthals and in breads with the class as tact of a smug arrogant pig …
Your a servant so serve…..u probably hate the fact that slavery was abolshed too….that sounds ugly n find better subjects…Weak artic
You are rude and disgusting. Keep your opinions to yourself. And oh yeah being a critic is much better. Cause everyone gives a F**K what you think we are all trying to earn a living. Stop the hate and just be nice.
I have been a long term reader of the NYPOST but no longer. Your article “You got served!” is quite possibly the most demeaning piece of garbage i have read in a long time. Clearly you have never been in the hospitality industry and from the way you write i’m sure you couldn’t even handle it. I am back to being as you referred to it as “a servant” due to the lousy economy and my sales job was downsized. I am an excellent server, note not a servant,,,Lincoln freed the slaves mind you. I’m 46 years old and actually enjoy meeting new people and taking care of them for the brief period of time we share together. I do not desert my guests nor am i at all annoying. I have waited on many people from all walks of life,,some during happy celebrations such as a birthday dinner and some not so happy times,,,,after funerals, after what i can tell was just an awful bad day. I take pride in what i do and don’t need condescending jerks like yourself putting us down and being a patronizing moron. I take the order, i bring the drinks, i deliver your meal. I clean up after you sloppy kids and your careless manners. I have been yelled at and treated like less than a person from someone im assuming is pretty much just like you. I have an idea,,,how about you do all of us in the Restaurant business a favor and don’t eat out. Better yet stay home and cook, which you probably can’t do anyway or stick to fast food joints that neanderthals like you frequent. I don’t hold my guests hostage and i don’t constantly ask them how is everything every two minutes. When you “camp out” at my table which you seem to think is your god given right you take away my earning potential to get another table after you or perhaps even two and make money to pay my bills. You do not have the right to sit at a table forever and leave a crappy tip just because you graced us with your presence. You saying you tip 11% is absolutely disgusting. Stay home and do us all a favor,,,its people like you that make the business horrible. Shame on you.
you’re a laughable d**k. who says this kind of s**t? have you heard of insight and perspective? try getting some. i’ve never been a waiter but thats a very hard job. you suck, your writing is deplorable and i’m sure the west coast feels the same as the east coast does about you.
The way you speak about “waitrons” is disgusting, offensive, tasteless. This is some “let them eat cake” type of disgusting piece of s**t you wrote.
This was an incredibly offensive article. While I’m not going to waste my time explaining to you how ignorant you are, I’m assuming there will be PLENTY of other people who will.