Our server was brand new. She was very pleasant and reminded me of the cheery round nun in that Whoopi Goldberg movie Sister Act ... even had the same voice.
"Would we like to start with an appetizer?"
Okay ... here's one of my biggest pet peeves. Why do some servers have to include themselves in the order? Is she having an appetizer with us?
I just let that one pass ... "Actually, I would love to get the bang bang shrimp."
"Mmmmm my favorite too. What would we like to drink tonight?"
Strike two. Deb ordered wine ... I had scotch.
"And for dinner?" That was better. no 'we' or 'us' in that statement. Deb spoke up. "We are going to split the lobster tails and have the corn chowder and salads." It was a celebration night and Deb had closed a big sale.
Dinner was delicious and the universal 'we' was put to bed ... or so WE thought. "Any dessert for US?"
"Um ... no ... should WE just split the bill?" She giggled. Totally unaware of what I meant and ... as it turned out ... of how she used the 'we' word.
"Oh my God (very un-nun like)." After I explained that she did in fact do that when she took our orders."I have always thought that was so rude and kinda dumb when I hear other servers say that. I do that?" She paused to take a deep breath. "Thanks for telling me that. I will NEVER do that again."
I laughed and told her it was just one of those pet peeves.
"Okay ... well ... Is there anything else WE need?" Smiling from ear to ear with her head cocked to one side in her own world. "If not, I will just run and get US the bill."