I take exception to this article. My wife has recently been diagnosed with Celiac. The past year has seen us dine out very rarely because she wasn't sure what was happening to her. While not technically an allergy, when she does ingest gluten now she is in extreme pain and often forced to miss work for a day or two because of the pain. While not life-threatening, no one should have to endure that. We do not say she has an allergy as we are dining out now, but I can see how many would say they have an allergy because servers do seem to take things more seriously. But to dismiss Celiac or other conditions because it isn't life-threatening is really insensitive.
It does seem that more and more restaurants are doing this, and several that have had excellent staffs in the past. As a couple that doesn't get to dine out as much as we used to before kids, when we do get out, we want to relax, and not listen to a monologue, which it does seem is more and more common.
I appreciate recommendations, but I want to know what the server thinks, not a canned speech. Besha, do you think this trend is because the high rate of turnover in restaurants (which has always been the case) or could it be tied into the economic woes of the city/country and managers looking to save where ever they can?
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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