This week's New Yorker is tackling the issue of "mental health code violations" in its "Shouts & Murmurs" column and in it Paul Simms lists a number of readily recognizable practices that drive everyone crazy, many of which are hilariously familiar. For instance: “Hostess at virtually empty restaurant asks customers if they have a reservation, then types on computer, then seats them at table right next to the only other customers in the restaurant.” After the jump, a few more choice insights from this .
“Server repeatedly and aggressively uses the words “mootz-arell ” and “pruh-zhoot ” with a straight face, almost as if taunting.”
“Earnest foodie is despondent owing to an inability to conceal his revulsion at much ballyhooed stew of braised organ meats and raw root vegetables.”
“Member of all-white waitstaff barks at member of all-Hispanic busboy staff in way that makes customers feel like those who just stood by and watched in Vichy France.”