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Do You Serve Food Here? On Serving, Stupidity, and Life by Rich Oettinger is a collection of quotes from real people. His mother worked for most of her life as a waitress or owned a restaurant and she met an eclectic cast of people, some likable, some rather irritating. Over time, she recorded questions they asked and quips they made, and her son has now provided them for us in this book. A restaurant owner himself, the author has painstakingly rewritten every quote and question from decades of facing and fielding the public.
Do You Serve Food Here? On Serving, Stupidity, and Life by Richard Oettinger was a strange book. I admit that when I first started reading it, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it, but I have to say that I did, to a certain extent. It made me cringe and, at times, laugh, to read some of the things that people say and the questions they ask, showing nothing but sheer stupidity or ignorance, I’m not sure which. The book was put together very well, a combination of Rich Oettinger’s and his mother’s recollections and responses over the years. Although some of these were made decades ago, I’m sure the same questions are still being asked today, and, no doubt, the responses are just the same. A word of warning – this is not a novel, it is real life and there is a fair bit of swearing in it so if you are offended by that or by sassy comebacks, this book is not for you. See past that and you can have a good laugh!