Last night, I went to Lir with a group of friends. Although it was crowded and uncomfortably hot, we nabbed a big table in the front window so we decided to stay. Right from the start, our waitress was downright mean. Like, high school bitch mean. She acted like she was doing us a favor by taking our order, and did it in a really rude manner: rolling her eyes and saying "Tell me your drink order right now because it's a pain to get to this table."
Then, when our food came out, she brought the plates over to me and said: "You pass these out." and started handing me the plates one by one, and loudly said to another waiter "I'm really mean tonight." Yeah, no shit.
Having waitressed for many years, I am normally sympathetic to servers. All you have to do is smile and say something like "Sorry, it's really busy in here tonight." if you're not doing a good job. I am also normally a good tipper. 20% in general, 25% for very good service, and 15% if the service is lousy. Usually, bad service means they forget to bring your drink, or the food orders get messed up, or you have to wait a long time, and not open rudeness. We left her an 11% tip and I included a note:
"We're all former servers and would have given a great tip if you weren't openly hostile. I hope your night gets better."
I felt a little bit guilty about it later. And also a little bit like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman when she pulls the whole "Big mistake! Huge!" thing on the snobby salespeople. What do you think? Too harsh, or deserved? Regardless, I'll never go to Lir again. They must pool their tips, otherwise that girl would never make any money.