CLEVELAND, OHIO—Citing a record 85,000 comment cards being submitted to restaurants from around North America, restaurant and cafe owners have finally begun asking their wait staff to stop asking customers, “Can I grab you some coffee,” or any number of similarly annoying “grab”-based questions.
“Can I grab you some ketchup, can I grab you a menu, can I grab you some freshly ground pepper… it’s become so annoying even I avoid eating out at my own restaurant now,” one enraged restaurant owner to us.
“It’s our biggest complaint-getter since staff repeatedly said everything was ‘awesome’,” another testy restaurant owner told Newsquips. “They used to frickin’ say ‘awesome’ after you ordered the chicken,” according to the source, a Plenty-‘O-Food Restaurant franchisee. She added, “Some of my staff now ask, ‘Can I grab you some desert?’ and then when the customer says ‘no thank you,’ the waitress says ‘awesome’ and asks if she ‘can grab the check’. It’s not awesome.”
Some 54 restaurant owners contacted by Newsquips have told us they plan to sell their restaurants because they can no longer stand hearing it any longer.
A poll conducted by Newsquips indicates the majority of respondents agree (see results).