4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Opening a can of name-and-shame Facebookworms not recommended

To out or not to out social offenders

Image by JJPan

Dear Hipster:

Despite “we only serve water upon request” signs at most restaurants, I’ve noticed that compliance with water-saving regulations has slipped of late at some of my favorite spots. Servers are starting to automatically drop water glasses at tables again. I assume they got sick of every table requesting water, which forced them to make separate trips.

This bugs me because a) I want to save water in time of drought, and b) I don’t like ice in my water, so when automatic water comes with ice, I don’t want to drink it. If I sent it back, I suspect it would get dumped out, which would be the worst-case scenario.

Sponsored
Sponsored

I don’t want to name names yet, but I’m torn because I want to do something about it. Should I give it the old online name-n-shame? Should I just call the relevant authorities on these places? That seems harsh, but I don’t know what to do.

— H2O Saver, Clairemont

Facebookworms peruse the eponymous social medium to the exclusion of real life happening all around them. Facebookworms digitally burrow into the media giant’s data banks to steal succulent, profitable information. Finally, there are cans of Facebookworms, the likes of which can be opened by naming and shaming, which you should avoid at all costs.

Twenty first-century hipster smugness — derived from a sense of being oh-so-right about things such as pet ownership, listening to vinyl, and consuming organic food — may seemingly entitle us to bend the massive power of the greatest communications tool the world has ever known to history’s most noble calling; i.e., the outing of social “offenders” via pithy, smirking status update missives. I share your commitment to progressive ecology, but I would urge against effecting change through public ridicule. A measured phone call to the general manager, made well before the hectic rush of dinner service begins, will allow you to share your grave concerns over the state’s water supply.

Being a socially conscious hipster in a consumer’s world is no mean feat. When your primary social power is where you spend your money, then you must imbue that choice with as much value as possible. You can best decry wasteful water practices by going elsewhere for your fill of truffle fries and grass-fed burgers.

As for tipping off the authorities, I would imagine overzealous restaurant water-glass filling sits somewhere in the bottom second percentile of enforcement priority. Don’t waste your time or theirs.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Brake checking on San Diego freeways

The predictable response to tailgating
Next Article

VA details increase in vets shooting selves

Spacecraft recovery ship Murtha makes unplanned return to San Diego
Image by JJPan

Dear Hipster:

Despite “we only serve water upon request” signs at most restaurants, I’ve noticed that compliance with water-saving regulations has slipped of late at some of my favorite spots. Servers are starting to automatically drop water glasses at tables again. I assume they got sick of every table requesting water, which forced them to make separate trips.

This bugs me because a) I want to save water in time of drought, and b) I don’t like ice in my water, so when automatic water comes with ice, I don’t want to drink it. If I sent it back, I suspect it would get dumped out, which would be the worst-case scenario.

Sponsored
Sponsored

I don’t want to name names yet, but I’m torn because I want to do something about it. Should I give it the old online name-n-shame? Should I just call the relevant authorities on these places? That seems harsh, but I don’t know what to do.

— H2O Saver, Clairemont

Facebookworms peruse the eponymous social medium to the exclusion of real life happening all around them. Facebookworms digitally burrow into the media giant’s data banks to steal succulent, profitable information. Finally, there are cans of Facebookworms, the likes of which can be opened by naming and shaming, which you should avoid at all costs.

Twenty first-century hipster smugness — derived from a sense of being oh-so-right about things such as pet ownership, listening to vinyl, and consuming organic food — may seemingly entitle us to bend the massive power of the greatest communications tool the world has ever known to history’s most noble calling; i.e., the outing of social “offenders” via pithy, smirking status update missives. I share your commitment to progressive ecology, but I would urge against effecting change through public ridicule. A measured phone call to the general manager, made well before the hectic rush of dinner service begins, will allow you to share your grave concerns over the state’s water supply.

Being a socially conscious hipster in a consumer’s world is no mean feat. When your primary social power is where you spend your money, then you must imbue that choice with as much value as possible. You can best decry wasteful water practices by going elsewhere for your fill of truffle fries and grass-fed burgers.

As for tipping off the authorities, I would imagine overzealous restaurant water-glass filling sits somewhere in the bottom second percentile of enforcement priority. Don’t waste your time or theirs.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Opera canceled in New York

Met Hacked
Next Article

VA details increase in vets shooting selves

Spacecraft recovery ship Murtha makes unplanned return to San Diego
Comments
Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town The Gonzo Report — Making the musical scene, or at least reporting from it Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close