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Friday, July 1, 2011

Candles Can Be Fun

I serve at two different places. Both of them have candles on every table. One place has real candles that people constantly knock over sending hot melted wax onto the table, floor, chair, my uniform and if I'm lucky onto themselves. The other place has those battery operated candles that look like real ones. They even flicker and have fake wax drips going down the side of them. Once they are placed inside a classy frosted votive candle holder, no one knows the difference. Overall, I like the fake candles better because I never have to clean up wax, I don't burn the hair on my forearms when I am reaching across a table, and it is someone else's job to charge the batteries in them. Kids like them too. Therein lies the rub.

Countless times, I have had a family sit in my station and the kids gravitate to the "candle" like moths to a flame. Or like me to a bottle of Citron. The parents ask me to bring a couple of extra ones so the kids can play with them like they are flashlights. Yeah that's a great idea, Mom and Dad. Let's teach your two year old child that candles are something to play with so the next time they go to a restaurant that has candles with actual flaming fire, the kids can grab at it. How is a two year old going to differentiate? Again, I am not a parent (although my dog turned 13 years old yesterday and he is officially an old lady dog) but it just seems like a bad idea to let kids play with fake candles. Couldn't they unknowingly be raising a perfect little pyromaniac? It's stupid. What I would love to do is replace the battery operated candles with real ones for just one night so that every parent who lets their child immediately grab at them as soon as they sit down could learn a quick lesson in fire safety. Never fear, I wouldn't actually do that. Just like I would never dip a toddler's spoon in Tobasco®. Or turn the bathroom light out when a kid goes in there by himself. Or put honey in the seat of a stroller when a parent crams it into the side stand to "get it out of the way." Or discreetly drop a child's toy on the floor when no one is looking so they will leave it at the restaurant and I can throw it away. Or give a kid Diet Coke instead of regular just to see if they'll notice. These are just things that I think about doing in order to pass the time at work. It beats refilling the salt and pepper shakers.

Anyhoo, back to candles. Fake candles=good. Efficient, money saving, safe and just as pretty. But don't let your kids play with them. I don't wanna hear about it when they see candles on their birthday cake and end up with blistered hands because they thought it was a toy like the one where that bitchy waiter works.

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Chunky Mama said...

People actually ask you to bring extras for the kids to play with?
Who are these people?
And, more importantly, who let them spawn?

ChiTown Girl said...

Chunky Mama said it perfectly.

Can I shadow you at work one night? Then, I can do/say all the things you want to, you won't get fired, and these assbags can get what's coming to them!

Practical Parsimony said...

More to the point--exactly why do people think items were placed on the table as entertainment for the kids? It really does not matter about the danger (okay, it does). My children were not allowed to play with condiments, sugar, vase with flower/s, empty bread tray, silverware, NOTHING! They tried, but it was not going to happen. My children were so horrendous and embarrassing on Sunday at lunch in the nicest restaurant in town that I refused to take them out after church after that. I brought them home from church and gave them the same pbj sandwich or grilled cheese they had every other day of the week. After six months of begging and promising me they would behave, I took the three little monsters out on Sunday, and they were perfect.

I assume the candles could also be broken if they were dropped. Who would have paid for that? I bet the parents wouldn't.

I cannot stand parents!

Noelle said...

Maybe they should consider "Chucky Cheese" or other amusement restaurant.

I would try this. "I'm sorry those aren't toys"

Our real candles have burned two napkins in bread baskets along with the table pad and a ladies purse handle lately. I'm ready to make the move to those fake ones.

Maria said...

Aww. My puppy turned 14 on June 17. =)

fmcgmccllc said...

This is why people do want children allowed out of their homes.

Thanks for the honey tip, I am going to start keeping some of those tacky little pouches in a sturdy case in my bag and return the joy to all the asshats I run into.

NotAnonymous said...

Wait... now your not a parent? Make up your mind Bitchy!

Amanda said...

I am a parent and other parents in restaurants kill me. My kids aren't allowed to play with the things on the table. It's a restaurant, not a playground.

Parents have started letting their children act so poorly in restaurants I've started to ask the hostess to please not seat us in the Sesame Street section. I've noticed they seat everyone with kids together, and just because I'm dining out with my kids doesn't mean I want to hear others scream. The ones who get honey in their strollers deserve it I'm sure. For the ones who let their kids drink soda, I'd be tempted to add a little Mtn Dew. Let them deal with that caffeine high.

Maria said...

My cat turned 14 on June 22. The two of them could get together and bitch about how we leave the house each day and then never phone or write.