Michael Bauer, Conspiracy Buster: It's Just Shitty Service

As regular readers know by now, I just love it when Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer takes the time to address reader comments and concerns, laden as they usually are with all manner of bitching, whining and, in this case, conspiracy theories. A woman in her 70s writes that she and her companion (“We are good tippers. We do not fuss.”) have suffered what she suspects to be case of age-profiling at the hands of an unnamed San Francisco restaurant. Bauer hedges on the ageism issue and heads straight for the service-industry jugular:

“I'm not saying it never happens, but I think in most cases it's simply insensitive, uncaring service rather than blatant discrimination.”

Ah yes, the shitty service issue again. And as for the unnamed restaurant, the Chronicle's usual stable of rabid commenters seem to have decided that the accused discriminators are none other than Vietnamese fusion favorite The Slanted Door. But then again, what do they know? Wisdom of crowds my ass.

— Brian Bernbaum

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