Waiter Rant Habla Espanol!

I’m very happy to announce that the worldwide Spanish language rights for Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip – Confessions of a Cynical Waiter have been purchased by Debolsillo: Random House Mondadori, S.A. of Barcelona, Spain. Many thanks to the good people at Debolsillo and my agents Farley Chase at the Waxman Literary Agency and Elizabeth Atkins of A.C.E.R. Agencia Literaria.

Waiter Rant in Spanish! How cool is that?


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Waiter Rant Habla Espanol! — 40 Comments

  1. Hi Steve! Heard you on Q102 a couple of hours ago as I drove home from work. I’m a long time reader and it was quite surreal hearing you being interviewed on my favourite radio station! Greetings all the way from Ireland!!

    By the way guys I just had to mention that Europeans are known for leaving way less than the customary 20% when in the USA but did you realise that Americans rarely if ever leave a tip when they’re over here? And if you’re lucky enough to get a tip it will be a few dollars. We use Euro!

  2. Hi Steve! Heard you on Q102 a couple of hours ago as I drove home from work. I’m a long time reader and it was quite surreal hearing you being interviewed on my favourite radio station! Greetings all the way from Ireland!!

    By the way guys I just had to mention that Europeans are known for leaving way less than the customary 20% when in the USA but did you realise that Americans rarely if ever leave a tip when they’re over here? And if you’re lucky enough to get a tip it will be a few dollars. We use Euro!

  3. Seriously, Karen? What does that have to do with this post? But since you mentioned it, perhaps American’s don’t tip in Europe because they have had it drilled into their heads on websites like this that “European governments care enough about their residents enough to pay them a liveable wage.” When the server is getting paid a salary, as they are in Germany (at least the town I live in) I don’t feel the need to tip unless my server kicked serious ass. When I first arrived here, I tipped a server, who looked embarassed and handed it right back to me. Not to mention that the US Army (my husband’s employer) hands out brochures on dining practices in Germany, which instruct you to only tip on supremely excellent service and even then to instruct the server to keep the change (which can be minimal) as you pay for your meal. As I said, that may be only my experience in a smaller German town, but after being instructed NOT to tip by so many of you, its annoying to see someone complain about it.

  4. I know it isn’t all about the money but I hope you are making A LOT with all of this stuff. you are worth every penny (and then some!)

  5. Congratulations Waiter!

    It is nice to know that someone who has paid their dues is able to reap the rewards.

    Way to go! Thanks for the updates.

  6. Which do you think has a wider reach?
    Spanish speaking or Chinese speaking?

    Either way, Wiater Rant will be available in three of the world’s most widely spoken languages!

    Hooray! Congratulations Waiter!

  7. Impressive!!! but not surprizing. One thing though…. I guess the translation will not do justice to the original… some things just can’t be translated.

  8. puta madre, que locura que hay una editorial que piensan que los españoles van a leer este mierda que escribes, ni es interesante, tu blogue ya no es nada más que relaciones públicas para un nombre de pasado.

  9. I can see Isabel’s (#17) point. I don’t agree with it, but the point she’s making is justified. The Waiter Rant blog is changing and evolving in conjunction with it’s author’s life. As a fellow writer I can contest that any and all changes can effect a persons writings on an hourly basis much less a daily basis. I understand that change can be scary for some people. I like change, it keeps the world an interesting place in my opinion. As for me Waiter, I’m with you man. I’m interested in seeing where this crazy ride takes you.
    Viva El Mesero!

  10. hey! im a long long time reader but this is the 1st time i comment…i read blogs in english to practice (soy mexicana), but maybe i will buy the book in spanish. felicidades!

  11. Since when do they read books? lol

    Didn’t know there were Cliff’s Notes on Motel Housekeeping
    and Strawberry Picking ;) LMFAO!

  12. I’m going to assume you were kidding, blomebama. For one, this is Spain-in Europe.

    De todos modos, estoy de acuerdo con el comentario de arriba que dice que no hay una traduccion pa algunas cosas-como el sarcasmo de “El Mesero.” Y tambien que la jerga, las groserias, no se van a entender’an en Espa;a!

  13. Liam, good question!

    Merey, it’s called trolling (geography lesson unnecessary–save that [and spelling lessons] for some Obama loving LibIdiots who have problems with retarted [sic] and et all [sic]. ;)

    Bush=Beginning of the End
    Obammy=The End of Days

  14. Hi, my name is Kum Hurray, I do everything fast, that why they call me Kum Hurray! Waiter have book in Spanish, now bus boys can read Waiter story! That all, thanks!

  15. Just wanted to let you know I am reading the book now and love it! I know you worked in New York but it’s astonishing how recognizable your cast of characters are – Sammy from Amici’s is very familiar and I’ve definitely dealt with the likes of Armando and Saroya. The whole crew, really, is spot on. It’s a very entertaining read–very honest, funny and heartfelt. I love it! I’m so happy that you’re getting so much press and success. Cheers, Waiter (or “Steve”) – RW

  16. I READ THIS BLOG ALOT, I LIKE THE WRITING, AND IVE READ SOME OF THE BOOK, ID LIKE TO MAKE ONE POINT THO, THERE IS AN OVERRIDING THEME OF THIS BOOK, THE COMPLAINING ABOUT TIPPING, HOW MUCH CUSTOMERS SHOULD GIVE, I HAVE MY OWN THOUGHTS ABOUT THE SUBJECT, FIRST OF ALL, I DONT THINK A WAITERS JOB IS ALL THAT HARD, ALL THEY DO IS TAKE UR ORDER, AND THEN BRING YOUR FOOD TO YOU, FOR THAT THE WAITER WANTS A 20 PERCENT TIP, I THINK THATS BULL SHIET, I MEAN THINK OF IT, WHO IS DOING MOST OF THE WORK IN A RESTAURANT, ITS NOT THE WAITERS, ITS MOSTLY THE COOKS IN THE KITCHENS AND THE MEXICANS THAT DO ALL THE HARD WORK, IF I HAD IT MY WAY, I WOULD TIP THE COOKS AND PEOPLE IN THE KITCHEN 15 PERCENT, THE WAITER MEBBE 5 PERCENT AND WAITERS SHOULD BE HAPPY WIT THAT AMOUNT, ALSO, TO ME PEOPLE THAT SHOULD ALSO GET A TIP ARE WORKERS THAT WORK IN FAST FOOD, LIKE PEOPLE THAT WORK AT MCDONALDS, THOSE PEOPLE NEVER GET ANY TIPS, AND ARENT EVEN ALLOWED TO ACCEPT TIPS, AND THEY ARENT THE CRY BABIES THESE WAITERS ARE, I THINK FAST FOOD WORKERS WORK MUCH HARDER THEN WAITERS, AND FINALLY, IF WAITERS DONT LIKE WAT I HAVE TO SAY, GET A BETTER PAYING JOB AND STOP CRYING FOR MORE MONEY, WHEN BASICALLY U DONT DO THE REAL HARD WORK.

  17. I just saw you on the show and read your book the next day.Iv been a waitress for 7 years and have always wished someone would write about it.To all the ‘kalikrnguyx’ your the kinda people we like to get revenge on so enjoy the next time you eat out :)

  18. i just stumbled upon your blog and liked whati was reading, in no time at all ive been reading through all your year’s work and am expecting more good-blog-reading moments here in your site.
    you are one incredibly interesting guy. i just wish if ever you’d see me you wont tell me im a kid.

  19. Clearly, AIM, you have never worked in the food service industry. I used to wear a pedometer to work when I served, and I averaged about 10-12 miles on a weekend dinner shift. All of this around the dining room of a restaurant, and mostly to serve people like you. This includes: greeting the table and making small talk, filling glasses with ice/water, stopping at one of my other 6 tables to grant a request for another glass of wine, dropping off your water, taking your drink and appetizer orders, going to the computer to send them in (after waiting in a line 3 servers deep), dropping the other table’s beer off, picking up another table’s appetizer and dropping it off, going to the bar to pick up your appletini (stopping along the way to help a coworker find crayons for the screaming kid at her table), dropping off your drinks, getting extra appetizer plates for the other table because they had 2 people join them at the last minute, getting flagged down by your table because your appletini didn’t have a cherry and “all appletini’s have cherries,” dropping off a check to a fourth table where one man grabs the ticket out of my hand because he wants to pay for it, waiting at the table (per his instructions) because he “knows he has enough cash to cover it,” picking up your stupid cherries from the bartender, and on and on… This is within the first 10 minutes of your arrival. No, a server does not need higher education or a genius IQ, but the crucial skill of any good server is the ability to multitask and stay cool in a crisis. I guess you could argue that kitchen work is harder work, but exactly how hard is your job? You would like to tip the kitchen workers? Fine- do it, they would enjoy that. Just know that they make at least the minimum hourly wage (as do fast food workers), and servers do not. The system is set up so that your tips make up for the difference in the $2.29/hour I make and the minimum wage of $5.75 in my state. Don’t like it? Take it up with your senator or representative, and don’t blame those of us who are there to serve you. Lastly, please learn a little internet etiquette and refrain from typing your entire comment in caps- it is the equivalent of shouting at someone. Also, please spell check and fact check your comments- nobody will take you seriously if you sound like an idiot.

  20. ¡Felicidades!

    And here’s a present for you, a beautiful capital eñe ‘Ñ’ so you can copy’n'paste and correct the post title.

    Greetings from Madrid :-)

  21. My first visit here, found the blog accidentally really, and I just wanted to say I’ve enjoyed my visit and had some good reads while here :)
    Juan

  22. @ AIM=KALIKRNGUYX
    no body ask you to go to the restaurant…u want to go to the restaurant…you go tip the waiter…
    people who work in the restaurants, applied for different job position such as cook, busbuy, waiter, host..food runner, etc etc…
    they have different salary rate…
    you work for that position you know how much you gonna earn…NOW….servers work thier ass off for restaurant guest…it looks so simple to you…but we do millions of things, not only getting your orders & delivering your food, i don t want to name it one by one…but im telling you its million things to do…
    & you r right… you should tip those people who work in fast food restaurant since you cant afford to go to a fine dining restaurant or a simple diner…

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