I figured there was enough on the election, that I didn't want to blog on it.

I figured I'd compromise and tell a story about my lunch on election day.

My buddy and I go into Bennigan's...home of the best dessert in town -- Death By Chocolate.

And, on their chalkboard with specials, they have this huge eagle, and some words about going out and voting.

Well, when the check came back with my credit card, I noticed this huge American flag all over it. I said to Gerald "Wow...these guys are hardcore here. They put the eagle on the chalkboard, and they put this sticker on your credit card." As I examined it, I realized it wasn't a sticker. I spent about 3 seconds trying to figure out how they put this flag all over my card, and I'm hearing a person behind me saying "Ma'am! Ma'am! I think you gave us the wrong credit card." I then glanced at the name, and saw it was for Aaron, the guy seated behind me.

My friend and I talked a little about restaurants that have done that in the past. I've mentioned a few ask me if "I need change," and I say "No, keep it." They come back later, smiling, because it's my credit card, not cash (but there are so many reasons waiters/waitresses shouldn't ask that).

Gerald tells me he was at Outback Steakhouse with a friend recently and to be funny, he left his AMC gift card in there. The waiter came over, kneeled down, and said "Uh, sir...I'm sorry. Your card didn't go through. I tried it three times." The woman smiled and said, "Try it a few more." As Gerald tried to stop the guy, he quickly ran off. He did try it a few more times and said, "I looked at the card, and it says AMC. So, I think you can use it at the AMC Theatre in Mission Valley." The guy then started giving him a list of the AMC Theatres and their locations.

Someone sitting nearby at the bar was talking about Starbucks, and how they give out free coffee if you show your "I Voted" sticker. I said, "Isn't that illegal?" The response was, "Apparently, they found that out, and now have to just give away coffee to anyone that asks."

I was telling another friends this later. He said, "Well, speaking of the 'I Voted' stickers, I was making some at work in the same style. But they said 'I Farted'. Maybe I'll walk around giving those to the people that didn't vote.

Comments

MsGrant Nov. 5, 2008 @ 10:39 a.m.

I love fart jokes!! Farts are funny. I used to have a boyfriend that said that, and it's so true. Unfortunately, he took it too literally, and I had to end things. So, my old office was below the Point Loma Brig. We would order lunch from there on occasion, to go, and ALWAYS, as I was handing over my twenty for the already overpriced entree that cost $12.95, the hostess at the front desk (giving me the food that she did not even fetch because one of the busboys brought it out) would ask "do you need change?" No, I don't NEED change, I WANT change!!! Always within ear reach of customers waiting, so that if you said yes, I would like my change, you came across as a tightwad! Smug little smile, I'm cute, so why would you NOT give me your hard-earned money that I did absolutely NOTHING for? What is up with this shameless begging for money these days? Tip jars at 7-11? It's nuts.

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Josh Board Nov. 5, 2008 @ 10:56 p.m.

I had a radio show a few years back on 103.7, when it was Free FM. I got to talk about things that pissed me off. And, I covered tipping.

With the tip jar at Starbucks, I would do this move where...let's say they give you 93 cents change. Well, the three quarters are held with the thumb, while I let all the rest of the change fall into the jar. This gives the appearance that ALL the change they gave me went in there, when in fact, it was a dime, a nickle, and three pennies.

I think it's strange when you go to dinner with a group of 10, and everyone is throwing in what they owe, they conveniently forget about the tip (and tax) for what they ordered. It's one of the reasons I don't blame restaurants for tacking on that charge for parties over 7 people.

And, fart jokes are rarely funny.

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SomeoneElse Nov. 6, 2008 @ 3:59 a.m.

The "Do you need change?" thing irks me, but what angers me more is when they just don't give back any change, or only give back partial change....at an Indian restaurant downtown, bill was $76, I put down $80, got a tray back with only the receipt. The tip was a note explaining why more money wasn't left as a tip.

Bad enough that some fast food places are starting to not give back full change. Yeah, it's a dime, but it's my dime, and I'll give it to whomever I want to.

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Josh Board Nov. 6, 2008 @ 11 a.m.

And speaking of fast food, I spent 3 and a half years slaving away at McDonald's in high school. We didn't get tips, so the Starbucks folks sure don't need any!

I've never seen, or heard, about not getting the change back. That's odd.

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rickeysays Nov. 11, 2008 @ 6:32 p.m.

The waiter that gave your friend the locations of all the AMC Theaters deserved an extra big tip.

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