Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Man's Inhumanity to Man - A Matter of Manners, Plain and Simple

There's a lot of that going on today. But I'm feeling small this morning and just want to tell a short vignette I observed yesterday.

A little after noon, I went out for lunch to the Mandarin House Chinese Buffet, located in a little strip mall at the corner of Manhattan and Lapalco Boulevards in Harvey, Louisiana.

Sitting between the food and the cash register where you stop to pay before being seated, I noticed an elderly gentleman come in and order a meal. He was well-dressed and groomed. He had just paid for his meal when he realized the clerk had not asked if he wanted anything to drink. He stopped the clerk to tell him he would also like a soft drink to go with his buffet. The clerk took another dollar from the man's change and began to walk away, intending for the man to follow.

As they passed my table, the gentleman asked if he could sit in the smoking section.

The clerk replied, "Oh, yes. I can smell you."

The man flushed red and apologized. He apologized (!) and followed the clerk to an out-of-the-way table in the restaurant smoking section.

He didn't stay long. I don't believe he even ate. Within a few minutes, he passed my table on his way out of the restaurant. He held his head down and moved fast so no one would see him or even notice him in his shame.

Did I mention this happened at the Mandarin House Chinese Buffet, located in a little strip mall at the corner of Manhattan and Lapalco Boulevards in Harvey, Louisiana?

1 comment:

  1. Next time you go there, make sure you've spent the previous 5 hours drinking coffee in the local 24 hour diner. Be certain at least 5 people have ordered onion rings, and be sure to sit between the over the hill, chain smoking transvestite and the 80 yr old geezer smoking the dead cigar.

    And when you get to the Mandarin House Chinese Buffet on the corner of Manhattan & Lapalco, in Harvey LA. MAKE SURE YOU ASK TO SIT IN THE NO SMOKING SECTION!

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