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Defending a Good Waitress
by larry r linville
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I hate to see people at restaurants who always find something to complain about. We just experienced it and try to come to the aid of the waitress.


The smiling waitress welcomed us
and made us feel at ease.
Everything she did for us
was an attempt to please.
The same waitress served a table
just three feet away
with three well dressed ladies
all with hair of gray.
Everything served to us was good
and the conversation upbeat
as we took our silverware
and quickly began to eat.
The manager was called over
by the table next to us
who complained about the service
though I never heard them cuss
As we waited we heard them talk
and complain about their church.
They seemed to find some problems
without doing much research.
I had a feeling from watching
that this was not the first time
that they had complained of things
as if committing a big crime.
I went to see the manager
to tell him how pleased we were
at the service of that waitress
and how much we were pleased by her.
We left a big tip and smiled
as we departed to the door
and hoped we had made a stand
which would even up the score.

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Reviewed by Michelle Mead
Thank you, Larry!!! As a person who worked retail for many many years before becoming disabled, I think you are a real HERO for doing what you did. Some people like the ones you described have no IDEA the nonsense people who work with the public have to put up with, all the while with a smiling face. Cheers to you for this poem. PS- I am in agreement with George- anyone that quotes the Elements of Style ought to get a life.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
This is an excellent poem,very good work in your writing and in your actions.Sometimes people can take these waitresses and waiters for granted because people have this arrogant attitude in terms of being better than them or above them.They are human beings first and foremost.They just like the customers deserve to be treated with respect.I enjoy reading this,take care

Reviewed by Georg Mateos
My gosh! some people are fastidious!
Larry, if I ever need to approach you with some grammatical finger pointing, be assured I will do it by private message.
Reviews/Comments are for a criticism of the poem/work virtues not for pompous dialectics. Sorry you got one one of "those."
On the merits of your above poem the most salient point was that of the three churchgoing "ladies" demonstrating that they didn't know a fig-leaf about being kind.
Good work!


Reviewed by Rose Rideout
I am sure she was thankful but we know there are some people in this world who can never be pleased. I get upset when a customer is giving a cashier a hard time and I usually step in to let them know these workers are not responsible for the cost of items or because they decided to stand in a full line up. Thank you Larry.

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Reviewed by Jack Kuperman
I liked the poem - the speed, rhythms and words.

Words deliver strong message.

Very good work.

The pom really makes a stand.

Reviewed by Preston Goodman
Very enjoyable work that I'd like to make "that person at the other table" read when I go to restaurants. Just a bit of constructive criticism from a reader: Rule #14 in The Elements of Style and just about every book I've read on writing says to make the passive voice active (i.e., "the cashier gave me the receipt" instead of "the receipt was given to me by the cashier"). The only other thing that stood out was "as if committing a big crime" sounds like the ladies are committing the crime. Otherwise, I liked the work and am eager to read more. Keep up the good work!

UPDATE: I just saw the backlash to my opinion. Why in God's name would an author share if he's not open to constructive criticism? One of the main reasons I stopped posting material on AD is because I sought constructive criticism so I could improve my writing skills, not because I sought pats on the back.

Larry, again, good work. I hope you weren't offended like the others were.

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