A good friend of mine was telling me about her birthday dinner the other night at Applebee's.
Apparently the whole "let's sing her a birthday song!" event went horribly awry and instead of having a 1/2 dozen jubilant servers belting out a hardy chorus of whatever it is they sing there, she instead had one lone waiter squeaking it out by himself - and out of key. It was embarrassing for the both of them.
I'm always impressed by the fact the servers have to take valuable time out of their already busy evening to begrudgingly gather together so they can sing a ridiculous song to someone who doesn't even want to hear it in the first place. I can only imagine how challenging that must be to coordinate.
Over the years I've seen some pretty creative and lame versions of this routine. One of the better ones was when Austin turned 10. We took him to Joe's Crab Shack and the entire staff came out and led him around the restaurant in a giant conga line that picked up customers along the way. By the time they were done there was 15 or 20 people in the line. Pretty exciting for him.
The fastest version I've heard so far was at T.G.I. Friday's...
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* "Here's your birthday song. It isn't very long. HEY!"
I give them credit for keeping it short - for both the servers AND the customer.
So what about you? Do you have an example of a restaurant birthday song experience, either creative or lame? Or how about a song that has stuck with you after taking your kids to 1000 different birthday dinners in their lifetimes?
I'd like to know, because if misery loves company - I'd like to share it with my friend.
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