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PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:22 pm 
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Max says if he needs something at a bar or restaurant, he's within his rights to flag someone down or call out to get their attention - but his friend Andy says he's going about it all wrong.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 138: Badgering the Waitress


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:08 am 
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Here is a valuable article about Rob Deer and The Three True Outcomes.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:36 pm 
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I can't help but feel that the Court was trolled. At least a little.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:46 pm 
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That might have been the most bananas episode ever. I mean, we can all agree this is right up there with the bat house and the guy that didn't bathe right?

I really like the expression "The chicken gives an egg, the hog gives a leg" to describe commitment levels.

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Judge John missed a teaching moment by simply asserting that decent human beings always tip waitrons, without explaining why this is so and the social conventions that make it so -- the most important of which is that waitrons in the U.S. receive very small pay from their employers, and rely on tips to maintain a living wage. The defendant who kept repeating that the waitrons "got paid for their work" clearly misunderstood this fact. I did too, when I was brought up in the same state as the defendant (Wisconsin). I also received the shock in Germany last summer that German waitrons were actually offended when I tipped them. I learned that they actually receive decent wages from their employers and do not rely on customer tips to get a living wage.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 5:08 pm 
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I love that this episode made me Google the bacon and egg phrase. This is what I found:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chicken_and_the_Pig
I thought I would get more answers but that Wiki articles just makes me have more questions!

And as someone who has done a lot of waitressing--of course our job is to serve the customer but being hailed in a pleasant and kind manner really helps to make the experience nicer for everyone involved. Being pushy about getting attention almost always is perceived as rude, even if the rudeness was not the intent.

Thanks to the Judge for helping the defendant recognize that waitrons are people too!


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