Things We Hate--Waiters With Memories

You begin placing your order: There's a cocktail, an appetizer, a main course, a glass of wine, a cheese course, a dessert, and maybe a digestif or double espresso. As you stare in admiration, the waiter stands with no pad, head cocked to one side, memorizing the entire order as you recite it. He does the trick with three additional diners, then turns to poke the order into a touch screen across the room. But before he gets there, he's back again. "What was your appetizer?" he asks, then turns to another diner, "And what was your entree?" Use an order pad, dude!

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