I wonder if any veteran servers could give me some perspective on the following practice common at many, many restaurants (though not, in my experience, at really upscale places): taking a patron's plate the *instant* s/he takes the final bite and/or before the other people at the table are finished eating. Are they trying to stay on top of things? Is it just bad training? I invariably end up feeling rushed and watched. Plus, if you're the first one finished and your plate is suddenly gone the whole dining vibe gets screwed. Suddenly you're just sitting at a table watching the rest of your party eat. It's uncomfortable.