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January 2, 2008

Table For Two

Filed under: Bill Bickel, Christmas, CIDU, comic strips, comics, humor, restaurants, Tina's Groove, waitresses — Cidu Bill @ 12:02 am


  1. Her second job (taken to pay the holiday bills, no doubt) has so traumatized her that her instinctive reaction to customers of any sort has become outright hostility.

    Comment by Powers — January 2, 2008 @ 7:14 am

  2. Her second job in the toy store has traumatized her against children. She is repelled by the shorter diner.

    Comment by Ian Lumsden — January 2, 2008 @ 7:36 am

  3. She is suffering from PCSS – Post Christmas Stress Syndrome.

    In her second job she has been subjected to literally months of Christmas music while having to deal with children in the toy department. This has clearly traumatized her.

    The Christmas music playing in the background in the first has triggered a flashback to her second job causing her to react as if she were still being assaulted by hoards of children screaming ‘I want it!!!!!”

    Comment by Nicole — January 2, 2008 @ 9:08 am

  4. It’s not Post Christmas in this strip, Nicole.

    I think the date is 11-30.

    Nonstop Christmas music for more than a day is torture.

    And some businesses were Xmasing it up before Thanksgiving.

    Comment by Kaitlyn — January 2, 2008 @ 10:33 am

  5. Rina’s obviously never worked in retail, or she’d realize the grownups are much worse than the kids at the holidays. Try working in the Fine Jewelry dept, where the cases are locked and you can only wait on 1 customer at a time. Then a guy wants to write a check but it’s check number 2 (so it’s from a new account) and all his ID is in his other pants.

    You finally call upstairs and lie to the service manager so you can get the check approved and get to the next customer – and when you turn around and ask, “Who’s next?” all the customers spontaneously decide to act out scenes from Fight Club on each other….

    Comment by L.B. Wylie — January 3, 2008 @ 1:23 am

  6. Why would you lie to a manager just so you can accept a check without ID from a brand-new account? Sounds like a recipe for allowing your employer to be ripped off, which has a high likelihood of getting you fired.

    Comment by Powers — January 3, 2008 @ 6:58 am

  7. Actually, the no-ID-new-account person was a lady in front of me in a Walmart line once, but they did eventually accept her check, even though she was also from out-of-state! They didn’t lie, they just did it. Retailers consider that kind of risk as the cost of doing business sometimes.

    I did have customers with those individual problems many times, though (and some other doozies). I didn’t technically really lie, I just kinda stretched the truth and did a lot of begging. Working in retail made me hate and distrust everyone, but sometimes you just just gotta trust your gut. And our department store was well-known for having very indulgent “the customer is always right” policies, so everyone knew that you would always get your way if you just raised enough of a stink. After a while it just wasn’t worth the fight anymore, especially during the holiday crunch.

    One aside to any people trying to get their way in a store or restaurant: if you are nice and decent but firm and insistent about it, you’re more likely to get your way faster. If you are a nasty jerk and try to humilate the clerk, they will fight you to the death to avoid refunding you a single penny.

    Comment by L.B. Wylie — January 3, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

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