A couple of years ago I wrote about my delight at being called "Honey" by the cashier at Walmart when I brought my car in for an oil change. I wrote about how nice it is to travel in the South where ladies, especially waitresses, often call you "honey". So yesterday, while in the grocery store, I paid for my purchases and started walking out when I was tapped on the shoulder and a 20-something young girl, the customer who was behind me, said "Sweetheart, you forgot your credit card"...then handed it over to me.
I was on cloud nine all the way home. We old men know that we are past the age of young girls, but having a cutie call you sweetheart is just kinda nice...at least to me. Alas, my elation lasted until I got home and opened up my morning newspaper. Big headline: Waitress Harassment: How To Prevent It! It seems the unionized libtards are at it again. The Serviceworker International Employee's Union (SIEU) has put out guidelines to prevent sexual harassment of waitresses by restaurant patrons.
The union says it's high time patrons stop being over friendly with the waitress staff. The SEIU guidelines recommend that you approach the table and immediately declare your name to keep customers from calling you "doll" or "sweetie" or even gushing over good service, which may indicate they are trying to come on to you. The SIEU says, once you have approached the customer in a firm and businesslike and impartial manner you have set the stage for polite and professional communication. At any time after that, if the customer calls you "honey" or "sweetie" you are free to raise a complaint to the restaurant manager who is required to deal with the situation.
The union goes on to say that, if restaurants would just pay a living wage, waitresses would not have to work for tips and feel compelled to show any friendliness at all to the customer. Just take the order and cut off any extraneous conversation; you already know it's a nice day so you don't need a customer to tell you that. This way you'll get about the same measurement of merriment that you get from your local DMV clerk.
The SIEU wasn't done though. They recommended ladies not take a job in a bar, especially sports bars because drinking can cause customers to lower their normal reservations and might utter something regarding your attractiveness...might even ask you for a date.
Sigh...I don't know if the waitresses at Hooters or Tilted Kilt read the new guidelines. If not, they need to read it real soon.