Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Should there be a school for waiters?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Think this would be in the curriculum?
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The term "waiter" is arguably as all-encompassing as the term "blogger" — each contains those who see it as a calling and others who might be said to only dabble in the profession. The Village Voice's Robert Sietsema suggests that there should be the equivalent of a vocational school for waiters, in order to create a standard and let servers know what is expected of them.

On its face, the idea is sensible if a bit priggish. It's basically a brick-and-mortar or online version (seriously, how does the University of Phoenix not have this in their curriculum) of what occurs as a matter of course in every restaurant — even chains often have trainees and established protocols for what you need to know in order to earn your own section. And as Fat City's Charles Ferruzza noted yesterday in his post about "I'll Be Your Server Tonight" at the Writers Place on January 20, waiters (like everyone else) are certainly capable of behaving badly.

What do you think of the idea of a school for waiters?

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