2008 This Is Jeff
posted by September 3 at 17:35 PMon
Jeff is a waiter at the Eagle Street Grill, which is across the street from the Xcel Center. For the duration of the Republican National Convention, however, the Eagle Street Grill has been transformed into the CNN Grill. The signs outside the restaurant were changed, the waiters are all wearing CNN Grill t-shirts, the freakin’ wood platter my burger came on had “CNN Grill” branded on it.
We came, we ordered, we ate, we drank. We drank some more. And then I noticed something weird…
When I picked up the menu to look at desert… there were no prices. Not for the aps, not for the entrees, not for the deserts. Huh. I called our waiter over—Jeff, seen above—and relayed my suspicions to him: “Is everything on CNN?” And Jeff told me it was—the burger, the salad, the three beers, the cupcakes, all of it—and nodded and smiled and asked me if I wanted another beer.
“Oh my God, you guys must be getting screwed!” this former waiter said. “Is anyone tipping you guys?”
I had to drag it out of Jeff—they’re so polite, these Minnesotans—but he confirmed that very few of CNN’s guests (Anderson got me in here) are remembering to tip. Jeff says they’re getting a bit more per hour working at the CNN Grill, but… yeah, folks aren’t really tipping.
I have to say that I’m appalled—appalled!—that most of the folks eating and drinking on CNN’s dime are neglecting to take care of the waiters keeping ‘em in free chow and booze. Hey, librul media elite! Estimate what you think your chow would’ve cost you and TIP THE FREAKING WAITERS! Christ!
Okay, gotta get back to the Xcel Center in time for Sarah Palin’s declination speech.