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Service biases against non-drinkers?


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Service biases against non-drinkers?

anit | Dec 19, 2011 02:42 PM

I recently quit drinking and I have since had 3 negative experiences at separate places with waiter/esses that seemed pissed that I didn't order alcohol (I did order a soft drink or something similar each time). My dining companions usually also don't order alcohol if they drove into the city or also health reasons, so in each of these cases no alcohol was ordered at all at the table. First you can sort of see the disappointment in the waitresses' face - which I can understand, it is a big money maker, as I realize now that my checks have been way lower - but I do feel like service suffers too. I feel like once they know you won't order drinks they hardly come back to check on you (or at all) and the general sense that you get treated much better if you were drinking. I don't understand why you can't just go to a restaurant to eat and get what you want. I don't linger (not that the places were super crowded that and I was taking away other business) and once was during brunch -- I mean, sorry I have to be productive the rest of the day.

Am I relegated to eating at Chipotle from now on? Does anyone else get this too? Is there anything I can do (other than not going back to these places)?

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