I pride myself on being a cultured person. I watch the Travel Channel, I have ethnically diverse friends, and I eat all sorts of cuisine from around the world. Which is why it was so insulting when I went out for dinner last night and my Asian waiter refused to give me chopsticks. I know he was just discriminating against me because I’m white, and we were at Olive Garden.
After dropping off my spaghetti bolognese and garlic bread, I gave my Asian waiter a knowing wink and requested chopsticks. He then rudely stared at me, looking all confused. “We don’t have chopsticks,” he so clearly lied. “This is an Italian restaurant.”
I’m not some rube, ok? I’ve been using chopsticks for years. In fact, whenever I go to dinner with my less worldly friends, I’m always loudly explaining to them how to hold the chopsticks, whether they ask me to or not.
So I don’t appreciate some waiter having these preconceived notions about me based on the color of my skin. Just because I’m white doesn’t mean I always eat my garlic bread with a fork and knife.
Anyway, even though he was very rude to me, I still gave him a generous 12% tip, because I’m not petty.