Paul Winalski wrote:The question "Are you still working on that?" from a waitperson. Certainly not a fad, but something one hears distressingly often in restaurants.
I'll agree with this if we can re-state it. The issue for me isn't the specific terminology, it's the irritation of having your conversation frequently interrupted by having servers reaching in to clear the table the instant you finish a plate. I don't get the impression that it's a rush-you-out, turn-the-table deal. I believe they think people will consider it poor service if they don't keep the table clear. But there ought to be a comfortable middle ground between ignoring the table and hovering.