The waitress at the Legal Seafoods branch in Harvard Square was nervous and very apologetic. “This is my first time opening a bottle of wine in front of a customer,” she confessed. Of course she wasn’t allowed to rest the bottle on the table, and everything was supposed to be perfect.
We assured her that it was OK to put the bottle on the table, and we coached her through the process. The cork came out smoothly. The waitress was just so grateful: “Most people would be upset with me for not knowing how to do this.”
I replied by saying that I’m a teacher and that I believe in being patient while people learn. Doesn’t sound so unusual to me…but then again, I’m a teacher. We left a good tip.