Saturday, June 20, 2009

No, No, NOT Dude

When we were out to dinner last night we had a new [to us] waitress. The place we go to is awesome and we are regulars, they know us and we usually have the same waitress because we always sit at the same table. I don't know how we manage to always get this one booth, but we do! :)

The waitress was really good with one exception.

I know I shouldn't let this bother me but I hate to be called "sweetheart", "honey", "babe" or "darling" by anyone except my husband. And it really squees me out when someone does it to Pooldad in my presence.

I know we are in VA but we simply aren't far enough south to warrant this kind of familiarity, y'know?

I wasn't going to say anything - we were having a good time, no worries - but she was really over the top with the endearments. At one point she came to the table to deliver our food and she looked at Pooldad and said "Now, can I get you anything else sweetheart?"

I looked up and said "Please don't call my husband sweetheart." [big grin, chuckle]
She replied "How about honey?"
Me: "No."
Her: "Darling?"
Me: "No"
Her: "Dude"
Pooldad and me in unison: "Absolutely NOT."

Pooldad and I had a big laugh over Dude. He HATES to be called Dude. I don't know why but it is a particular pet peeve of his. The only person and I mean the ONLY person that can call him Dude is me! :) - When she said Dude we burst out laughing. Wrong.

As I said - we are regulars and we had introduced ourselves to her. She knew our names. Although I don't need her to use our names while serving us I just really wish she would've dropped the cutesies. It was really annoying.

Still, she did get a 33% tip.


Yvo said...

lol, this just goes to show you, different folks, different strokes. I LOVE when a waitress - especially when she's slightly older and matronly - calls me dear, sweetie, etc. :)

Waiter Extraordinaire said...

As a waiter I try to be as impersonal as I can. The less I know about them other than what they want to eat the better and vice versa.I don't call them by any name.

Rudee said...

I don't blame you, but I don't know if I'd have said anything. It is obnoxious that one presumes to call a near stranger by any endearment. I so despise it in my line of work. I usually ask my patients what they like to be called and then I use that name.

bulletholes said...

He-ah in the deep south it is customary to refer to the Gentleman as "Su-uh" and the loadies as 'Ma-am".