A Roanoke County reader submitted a CornerShot for publication in the Extra section of The Roanoke Times. We ran it today.
This reader’s piece is about a restaurant experience where her party of eight had to wait too long because a party of six lingered at the table after eating lunch.
I think this CornerShot brings up some interesting questions about restaurant etiquette. I’d like to hear what you all think of her description of this particular scenario.
Would you be as peeved as she was?
CornerShot, Feb. 27, 2012
Dear Table of Six,
We’re glad you had the chance to catch up over lunch. It looks like y’all had a great time.
We’re not so glad that after you paid your bill and your table had been cleared, you spent the next hour sitting there chatting.
You see, we were next in line for that table. We didn’t mind standing the first 10 minutes, but when 10 turned into 20, we were a little peeved.
The hostess apologetically squeezed us into another table where we enjoyed our lunch, a meal that lasted 40 minutes.
As our server cleared our plates, your group inched away from the table and said their goodbyes.
May I offer a little piece of restaurant etiquette? The next time you clear your calendars for a 2-hour lunch, please remember to leave your server a generous tip. This will help make up for the one you cost her.
Sincerely, Table of Eight
— Susan Stilwell, a reader in Roanoke County