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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 4, 2012/ 9 Teves, 5772

When counter intuitiveness fails

By Celia Rivenbark

Celia Rivenbark




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's common practice these days for the person behind the counter to ask your name when you order coffee or fast food. Maybe it's so we all seem to be one big happy family. More likely, it's just to keep the orders straight. Regardless, when your name is called out, you feel an instant connection. "That barista and I have a RELATIONSHIP!" you might even think to yourself. I like to have a little fun with it and never say my real name, usually rotating through celebrity favorites. This week, it's Beyonce's baby's name: "My name? It's Blue Ivy. That's blue like the color, ivy like the lousy football league…"

But what happens when this fragile relationship turns sour? A New York woman was surprised last fall when a Starbucks barista scribbled that word that rhymes with "witch" on her frappuccino cup. Sure, the order had been botched the first time and the woman had complained but, even so.

Last week, at a Papa John's restaurant, also in Manhattan, a server typed "Lady Chinky Eyes" to identify the Asian woman who was waiting for her pizza. It was printed right there on the receipt which the customer quickly posted on Twitter for all the world to see. Want more?

In Irvine, Calif., recently, a Chick-Fil-A employee was fired after she failed to ask the names of two Asian students and simply assigning them the names "Ching" and "Chong" on the customer receipt. Not cool.

Sure, customers, particularly the high-maintenance among us, might inspire a muttered slam but nobody ever said it was OK to put it in writing. I get that we can be annoying when we ask you six times if you're sure it's decaf like our hearts are going to bang out of our chests and onto the floor if it's not, or when we say: "This is America. I don't speak 'grande.'"

So, yes, customers can be jerks but that doesn't mean you can call us names. And identifying a customer by a perceived physical trait is just rude.

If I worked at, say, Golden Corral, I'd never identify the party of six making repeat trips to the dessert bar as "Chocolate Wonderfall-addicted lardbutts" on their ticket even it was the truth.

(And, while we're on the subject, sort of, isn't it great that now you don't have to wait for your neighbor's grandson to get married to experience the delight of a chocolate fountain? Now you can watch total strangers' kids stick their fingers in it, lick and repeat. Mmmmm.)

Sometimes service is just lousy. On a family vacation in New York, my normally unflappable father was pushed to his limits after it took the waiter 20 minutes to return. "Ah, there you are," he said. "Wow! You don't look a day older than the last time I saw you."

We're whiners some of the time, sure, but that doesn't make us, well, that word.

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Celia Rivenbark is an award-winning news reporter and freelance columnist for The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Comment by clicking here.


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Release the hoards
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Speaking her mind by pushing his buttons
She'll have another shot of mugs
Polygamy may only get one season
A picture is worth $1,000 for retouching
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First-class corpse
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Phoning for dazzlers
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