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Re: Restaurant Psychology
Posted By: koalamom, on host
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at 22:30:22
In Reply To: Restaurant Psychology posted by Eric Sleator on Wednesday, October 10, 2001, at 21:28:47:

> Do you think the way you order food at a restaurant says something about your personality? Can it tell you at least a little bit about someone if food is ordered with "I'd like . . . " or "I'll have . . . " or "Bring me . . . " or "Could I get . . . "? Because I think so. I don't know quite what it would say, though. I try to say "I'd like" because it sounds more polite and less demanding. My sister, on the other hand, always orders with "I'll have", which sounds a bit to me like she's commanding the waitress* around. Any thoughts?
> -Eric Sleator
> Wed 10 Oct A.D. 2001
"I'd like" does sound a little more polite, but it's such a subtle difference, I don't think you can read too much into it, myself. And
I don't think most wait-persons (ooh, sorry, still stuck on the Feminazi thread) really care how you preface your order, as long as you don't waver in a daze of indecisiveness. That, I think, would be more annoying than being "commanded around".

Some restaurant psychology *I* always wondered about was whenever I had lunch with an elderly friend, she always wanted me to order first, and then, whatever I had, she would have too. Every time. I wondered what she'd do if I ordered something really really strange.

koala"waiter, waiter, percolator"mom

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