My friend, my husband, and I were spending a few days in Salzburg, Austria. There we met one of the most interesting encounters with a waiter that I have ever had.
We popped into a little restaurant to eat before our evening boat cruise on the river. My friend and I both speak German and have spent quite a bit of time in German and Austria.
A little bit of background first. Austria does not serve water for free like the US (we are Americans so this is difficult for us). Instead they charge you an exorbitant amount for a little bit of water. However, you can ask for “Leitungswasser” which is tap water. There seems to be some mixed opinions that I have heard about asking for “Leitungswasser” as rude but this didn’t bother my friend.
We sit down and browse the menu. After some time the waiter, an older gentlemen, comes up to us and asks us what we would like to drink. My friend tells him 3 tap waters; we are after all, three college students on tight budgets. He looks irritated and asks us if that is all we want to drink. We say yes. He gives this dramatic sigh, rolls his eyes and stalks off to get us our water. In all honesty, it was like a 13-year-old year was trapped in this man’s body.
He continued to be quite rude to us while we were there, including grunting at us. Yet the food was delicious and the restaurant was charming. We still laugh about how losing three drinks turned our waiter into a teenage girl. 1228-12