I was serving a table of five, two parents, one child, one toddler,
one baby. Usually, we take out their food, and then ask “Can I get you
anything else? Any sauces, any drinks?” and usually I get either “What
sauces do you have/Do you have ___?” And I get what they ask for, and
everything is cool.
With kids, it’s almost a granted that they’ll want ketchup with their
meal. But, so we don’t waste any, we have to wait and ask.
So, I bring out their meals (only the adults and the biggest child
have food) and I ask “Can I get you anything else?” Expecting a “Yes,
ketchup please”. The kid (I’m guessing nine or ten years old) says
“No, I think I’ll be ok, thanks” I nicely ask “Sure?” and he says
10 minutes later, I am absolutely flat out, head server asks “Hey,
table ___ asked for ketchup, can you get them some please?” I tell her
politely I’m busy, but I’ll do it asap.
15 minutes later, I’ve finally got a spare second. I ask server “Did
table ___ get ketchup already?”
Server rants, uninterruptably, about how she had to do it, how I
should have asked them when I went over, and how people can’t wait
that long for f***ing ketchup.