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Makes The Perfect Gift. But Remember, I’m Biased! — 27 Comments

  1. Whoa cool, long time reader, first time first poster :)

    Glad your book is doing well and I hope you are enjoying your success. Happy holidays to you and all your readers.

  2. but it’s overdue from the library! Opps. Not what you had in mind! But hey, the library had to buy it, so there you go! :)

  3. My lovely mother has already ordered it for me from Amazon for Christmas! Although, the day after she did so I found it in a local Bookstore. I didn’t know it was being distributed Down Under :)

    I enjoy your work immensely (as do the other waitresses at my work) and can’t wait to read the book. Congratulations on your success.

  4. I’m sitting in a coffee shop in Chicago at the moment, taking complete advantage of free WiFi while catching up on your blogs. I just stumbled upon your book today, actually had to be dragged out of Border’s by my sister because I was sitting on a bench reading it for so long. “Just buy it!” And I did…and here I am.

    I think it’s a great idea for a book, and have actually thought of doing something similar for some time. I’ve been a waitress in a casual fine dining restaurant for three years now. I’ve seen the ups, the downs, the good and the bad, and have rotated through an array of staff members. Needless to say, I’m sure I’ll love the book. I’m already grateful to have found it, for sympathy sake, as “Waiting” didn’t really do anything for me. At all.

    Chin up. Have a great day. And thanks in advance.

  5. Hi
    today I finished reading your book. I bought it last month in the US and I enjoyed reading it very much.
    Thanks and greeting from Prague, Czech Rep

  6. Can’t see the image, but you gave me a great gag gift idea for my geeky brother… a box that is empty except for a red X in one corner.

    Happy holidays!

  7. Ever since I worked as a bartender I’ve tipped a straight 25%–35% to 40% if the service was stellar.

    True that bartenders aren’t as reliant on tips as wait staff, but we generally get paid federal minimum wage, so any tip above and beyond for a bartender is a bonus, and helps a great deal because unless you’re working a chain or other bar where you wear a uniform you need extra money to pay for clubwear-style clothing to work in. And you trash more shirts than I ever thought possible, even more than my day job as a nurse.

    I don’t know if what I do is standard but I do the same for wait staff as for bartenders so I hope what I do is right, and I am not sure it is.

    Does anyone know if I’m tipping as I should?

  8. A bit into the book, enjoying it, and have laughed a few times, however… I don’t know how you can compare a gambling addiction, or any addiction, to waiting tables. Do you ever wake up in the morning thinking that if you don’t wait on a table your day is not worth it? Ever had someone tell you that if you wait one more table they’ll leave you and take the kids with them? Ever lost your house and declared yourself bankrupt because you had to wait “one more” table? Hasn’t happened to me, but happened to a friend. I like your writing, and find your anitdotes comical, but don’t trivialise a disease that can kill a person’s soul, family, and all those close to them. Leave the gems of wisdom to the things you know.

  9. Hi Steve, I finally got your book in South Africa after waiting for it for 5 months! I’m going to start reading it on the plane on my way to New Zealand, a long trips so hopefully I’ll finish the book by the time we land in Auckland.

  10. I am a server at the Bonefish Grill in Raleigh NC. We are a casual fresh fish concept. I’ve worked for the Fish for over 2yrs at this location and 3yrs with the company. I worked on Black Friday, we were dead, it picked up around 8pm but nothing special. I closed and picked up a few closing tables. Made about 75 dollars that night. Not a typical Friday night for a closer, usually about 100 to 125+.

  11. I am going to buy the book and write my own (and /or a movie — maybe series) about my 7+ years of torture that I just ended myself in July..
    I turned 30 and said I need to DO MY LIFE!
    I am making money online (TEAMWORK, WorkFor$3.40) and shot my first film — wrote and directed it…I am editing it now! Life’s too short to ..WAIT…(tables)!

  12. I am a longtime server who just turned 49 and was thrilled to receive as a gift from my husband, an Amazon Kindle with your book already downloaded!!

  13. Waiter – You’re still trivialising it. I’m quite impressed that you didn’t address the obvious spelling mistakes I made, and will make. The big thing is, though, that you tried to make a very horrible social problem as easy to get over as waiting a table. Yes, anyone who has been involved with a hospitality worker knows that the hours suck. But you can’t compare them to a proper addiction. An addiction means something that you can’t exist without.

  14. PS I have since finished the book and very much enjoyed it, except for that one part. There will be a few people getting this in their Christmas stockings from me :) It really was a very good book, I think you did well.

  15. I read your book and loved it. I work in a bookstore in Canada, and I’ve sold a couple copies of the book to customers already. It’s my staff pick, and I do my best to recommend it when it’s appropriate. Can’t wait for the next one.

  16. Finished your book a couple of weeks ago and loved it!!! Anyone who has ever worked in any type of customer service can relate to it. Congrats on your success….you deserve it!

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