Dec 29, 2007

Quirky Websites - The Stained Apron

The Quirky Website of the Week is a regular feature on this site. Feel free to recommend other quirky websites in the Comments section.

I worked for the better part of three decades in the food service business, working in almost every conceivable position from dishwasher to owner. It was as a server in a high-end restaurant a few years back that I really began to understand the business in a way that I previously had not.

The Stained Apron is a website dedicated to "the venting of food servers' frustrations and a harsh education of the dining public," and spending some time on the site will provide people who have never served food to others quite a few insights.

Sure, there are a handful of irate servers whose anger drives them into inappropriate actions of retribution, but these are a small minority. Beyond tales of server vengeance, you can read about celebrity diners, sadistic managers, and horror stories of evil customers. The site is a source of humor and pathos for current and former servers, as well as an eye-opener for clueless guests.

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