A Note on Our Clientele

Chai House is a small, “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant on a side street of one of the dirtiest parts of town, close to two major universities and one of the country’s largest medical centers. We don’t have a specific budget-oriented niche like most restaurants because of the “exotic” menu items and wine selection. So our customers consist mostly of a hyphenated mix, like:


  • hipster-yuppie college kids who feel cultured from their Semester at Sea and come to our establishment to try the Americanized-Southeast Asian cuisine.

  • “post-modern” hipster (ex)-college kids who don’t shower, are covered in ironic tattoos, wear bike caps and don’t shower. But they tip amazingly well.

  • redneck college kids from the surrounding rural towns who look so, so disappointed that we don’t have General Tso’s chicken on the menu.

  • their professors and other assorted academia.

  • ex-hippies.

  • doctors and their spoiled rich wives and mistresses.

  • foreigners and ex-patriots mainly from countries where leaving a tip is unheard of.

  • a slew of regulars.

Aside from our friendlier regulars, all of these people have one thing in common in that none of them have a clue about how the real world works. For example, parties of 18 of these bastards will come in and expect us to make separate checks. The college kids come in droves of six or more and only order two entrees with an appetizer or two.

As a side note, black people tip fine–it’s the doctors you have to look out for. They’re cheap, most don’t order drinks and they tip EXACTLY 15 percent, using whatever gadget of the week they’re carrying with them to calculate it down to the penny.

Those are our customers, dirty, rich and clueless. Now you all know why I started a blog.

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3 Responses to “A Note on Our Clientele”

  1. Mmm..love you blog..just found it!! Want to exchange links?

    GH

    http://confessions-of-a-waitress.blogspot.com/

  2. teleburst Says:

    “As a side note, black people tip fine–it’s the doctors you have to look out for. They’re cheap, most don’t order drinks and they tip EXACTLY 15 percent, using whatever gadget of the week they’re carrying with them to calculate it down to the penny”.

    THANK YOU! I’m tired of all of the stereotypes about black diners. I get just about the same percentages from blacks as I do from other ethnicities, including whites. There are some who can’t tip to save their lives, most tip at least 15% and many tip more. In fact, my only black table tonight tipped 21%. I think it depends a lot on whether the server is doing the internal eye roll and making assumptions before they even greet the table. When you’re used to getting snubbed all of your life, I think you appreciate people like me who use their name when returning the credit card and slip and shake their hand and say that you appreciated waiting on them, just like you do with everyone else (and servers who don’t actually use the name of the guest when it’s handed to them on a silver credit card and don’t shake the host’s hand are missing a big opportunity to increase their tip). I think that blacks can also be especially attuned to that internal eye rolling.

    And you’re right about most doctors who aren’t regulars at a place. I’d toss lawyers in that category as well.

    “So You Want To Be A Waiter”

    http://teleburst.wordpress.com/

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