Okay, so I thought of something to write about, after all:
One of the places we visited for dinner, last weekend, was highly placed on tripadvisor.com's list of restaurants.
We made a reservation and arrived on time. We were seated promptly, and just as promptly, a waitress (or server, if you prefer) appeared at our table to take drink orders. But when she discovered that all we wanted was iced tea and a good dinner - and not drinks and appetizers - her enthusiasm faded like the sun passing behind clouds.
She came to the table only once more, to bring the dinners we ordered. After that, we saw her waiting on others, but not us. A different server asked if we wanted dessert (we didn't), and brought the check.
I'm not going to mention the establishment's name, for reasons you can probably surmise, but it wonders me* why a person whose income is at least partially based on tips would decide some customers are less important than others.
My semi-educated guess is that she gets a higher commission on drinks than food, but still ...
Oh, well. We won't be seeing that place again, so it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.
* Just something that my mom says to be humorous, from time to time.