Grumpy Geezer Section
I have never been a big fan of IHOP. There food has never been bad, but it has never been outstanding either. My main gripe isn't with the restaurant though, it is with the clientel.
The other day, I took Nathan to "The Pancake Store" (IHOP) because his mom was home sick and his sister was spending the night with her grandparents. We sat down and he began the coloring ritual. We where sitting in a booth.
The booth behind me was occupied by some older folks. The lady was complaining about how some staff at a different restaurant that she shared too much personal information with their patrons. "If they would stop griping and get working, they wouldn't have so many problems" She said.
From the tone of her voice I could guess what was going to happen next. The waitress brought over their order, and once she left, I heard "What is this? The menu said I could pick two items for my omelet. I picked Mushrooms and Green Peppers, but there is cheese all over it!"
A few minutes later, her husband called the waitress over. "Ma'am, My wife didn't want cheese on her omelet, she ordered it with mushrooms and green peppers"
"I am sorry," the waitress kindly replied "All of our omelets come with cheese, but I can ask our cooks to make her one without"
"No, just take it away! I Don't want to discuss it any longer!" The grumpy old lady groused.
About five minutes passed. She scolded her husband. "Next time you are going to call over the staff because of something that is my business, will you at least warn me first?"
"Yes Honey, I am sorry" said the wise old man.
Anyway. IHOP would probably retain a younger clientel if they would set up a grumpy old geezer section. The music isn't loud enough to drown out grousing of the neighboring tables.