Whinging Wednesday: Stupid News Edition (NSFW)

Happy Hump Day folks!

This week’s Whinging Wednesday features some annoying and downright idiotic goings on in the hospitality world.  First up, apparently the Swedish Chef is Public Enemy #1 in Sweden!

According to The Atlantic Wire, Swedes absolutely HATE the otherwise beloved muppet with the fire of 1000 suns, finding him “stereotypical, possibly offensive, certainly bumbling, and probably not even Swedish.”  Apparently, the people of Sweden having been stewing over this hatred of the felt Chef for 37 years mostly thanks to American tourists constantly asking what they think of him.  Also, his accent is wrong and he should actually be called the Norwegian chef! FYI, the inspiration for the Swedish Chef apparently comes from some Berlitz tapes Jim Henson heard years ago.  So, get your facts straight you filthy American pig dogs, the Swedish Chef is not funny because he’s Norwegian so quit asking already!

Either way, the Chef should steer clear of Burlington, Vermont unless he wants to pay extra!  ABC News reports speaking in a foreign language in Burlington restaurants gets you the 18% gratuity usually reserved for large groups tacked on to your bill!  Apparently, the overworked staff in the Vermont town, which is situated 100 miles from Montreal, gets inundated with Canadian tourists in the summer who are notoriously bad tippers according to wait staff.

“Some Canadians come in, they spend like $100 or $150 and they leave the wait staff maybe a $1.00 tip,” says Sandy Kong, owner of the Asiana Noodle Shop, “It happens pretty often. I realize that the Canadians think it’s discrimination, but on all the receipts it’s printed out on bottom—’we suggest an 18 or 20 percent tip.’ ”  So, if you have any plans to visit Burlington in the near future be sure to keep your conversation in the King’s English, or as near to it as we Americans can usually muster and if you get slapped with a high gratuity, blame Canada!

Damn you Canadians with your lack of tips and flapping heads!

Damn you Canadians with your lack of tips and flapping heads!

Of course if finances keep you from frequenting dining establishments you don’t really have to worry about tipping.  However, if you’re visiting, living or working in the Denver area and decide to bring your lunch from home, make sure you don’t leave your bag in the park or the bomb squad could be called!  That’s what happened in Monument, Colorado where several streets were closed as police and the bomb squad had a standoff with what turned out to be a soft-sided lunch box containing a bottle of Gatorade.

You never know what could be lurking in strange packages!

Finally, whether indoors or out it seems dining in general can be dangerous to one’s health at least it is here in the good old Sunshine State, especially if you talk smack about someone’s mama!  Ten days ago two brothers were having dinner with their dad when one of them had some not so nice things to say about dear old mom.  The other brother didn’t take too kindly to the remarks and when the fight escalated to the point where one brother wailed on the other with a Styrofoam plate, the injured brother called the cops and had him arrested.

It had slipped Helen Keller’s mind that Anne Sullivan actually COULD understand what she’d signed about her mother!

So that’s today’s post mine damer og herrer!  I wish you a good day and hope this post is the extent of your brush with stupidity:)  Chow for now!