I used to wait tables at an upscale restaurant that was known to be the place to have your holiday or office parties. Great money if you got the right group. The menus were pre-set, the wine and liquor was pre-set, and it was all auto-grated at 18%. All of it was in the contract the host signed pre-event. Usually the host would make themselves known fairly early on so you would know who to talk to if there was an issue and who to give the check to at the end of the night.
One night, I am splitting a party of 30-40 with another server. This event had top tier food and mid level wine and booze. Very nice. A small group of 5-6 people arrive a bit ahead of schedule. 2 guys and 3-4 women. Not a problem, its actually nicer if they slowly roll in so we can get drinks started. I walk over, introduce myself and the other waiter and ask for drinks. Now this was back in the early 2000’s and chads weren’t a thing yet, but the 2 guys were the chaddiest chads. If they could have popped their collars in their suits, I’m sure these guys would have found a way.
Superchad1 – “Me and my bro are going to start with a round of Johnny Walker blue, and these ladies are going to have (expensive red wine)”
Superchad2- (turning to the girls) “Once you have Johnny Blue, you just cant drink anything else. It changes you, bro”
Me- “If you like, I can put those on a separate tab, the event contract has Johnny Walker Black, but not blue, and the red wine selection for tonight is (less expensive wine)”
Superchad1 – “This is our party, just get me what I ordered and dont question me again!”
Superchad2- “Just get us our drinks!”
I walk over to the other waiter and tell him we are in for a hell of a night, but the check should be nice. For those that dont know, Johnny Walker blue is 3-4x the cost of Johnny Black. So one round of drinks for these people is over $100. The whole night goes exactly as we thought. Nothing was good enough, the appetizers were crap, the food was horrible, not enough bread, too many bread plates, drinks were taking too long, why do some people have food and others dont (its 40 people man, it takes a minute to get that much food out). To make it worse, chads and co are all over the place, moving seats and making others move so they can talk to who they want. This makes serving hell because we did everything by seat number.
Surprisingly, most of the table was normal, not entitled people and who knew that waiters are people too. They were impressed by the food, and graciously ordered the drinks that were in the contract. One older gentleman at the other end of the table from the chads apologized for their behavior, saying “they might have fancy degrees and good jobs, but you cant teach class”. Love that guy.
Finally, they are winding down and after drinking almost a full bottle of Johnny Blue along with all the other food and drinks they have a VERY hefty check and the other waiter and I are excited to get paid. We start picking up the dessert plates and asking for last drink requests. The nice older guy at the end of the table says to bring him the check. Not wanting any more interaction with the chads than necessary, I bring it to him. I tell him I can take care of it whenever and go about clearing the table. A few minutes later he calls me over
Nice guy – “Maybe there was a mistake in ringing up the drinks? There is almost $600 for Johnny blue, when the contract I signed only included Johnny Black. And there are some single glasses of wine that are different from what we agreed upon.”
Me – “No mistake sir, that is what was ordered and drank.” (He is being awesome, and I feel bad)
Nice guy – “Why did you give the drinks to them when we clearly had a contract?”
Me – “I apologize sir, they told me that this was their party and since I was just a waiter to shut up and do as I was told. So I did. Im sorry, I took them at their word”
I point them out and he calls them over. What follows was the singularly greatest ass chewing I have ever been witness to. He goes on about how he was doing something nice but apparently that wasn’t enough. About how horrible their behavior was that night and how he is ashamed for them. But my favorite line was how you see a persons true colors in how they treat people that work for them and they had shown theirs. Then he calls me back over.
Nice guy – “Apparently I thought this was my party. Guess I was wrong. This is their party and they will be taking care of the check. Oh, and up the gratuity to 25%. You earned it.”
He turns around and walks off, leaving the chads with the check. All in all it was about 3k. I have never seen 2 grown men look so defeated.
Edit: credit to u/beepolai The boss might have been their father. It makes total sense looking back. Thanks!!
Edit2: Holy crap. Thanks for the gold and silvers!!! Now if someone can tell me what that means!
Edit3: The words have been paraphrased, this was 10+ years ago. The only word for word thing that I remember is “Once you have Johnny Blue, you just cant drink anything else. It changes you, bro”. It was such a DB thing to say I still remember it.