Recently I was sitting at an outside table at a drinking establishment, and I felt like ordering a Martini cocktail. So I asked the waitress if they had the appropriate triangle-shaped glasses, and her response was, “Hmm, I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them here. But we don’t serve cocktails outside anyway, because then the bar would be too busy.” At this point I couldn’t decide what to be more angry about:
a) The fact that the waitress didn’t even know whether they had the glasses;
b) The fact that (in all probability) the bar didn’t have the glasses;
c) The fact that I wasn’t allowed to order a cocktail outside;
d) The reason that cocktails weren’t allowed outside was because the bar would get too busy (from this I surmised that she meant that it would take the staff too long to make the drinks, meaning that i) they would then sell less drinks, resulting in less turnover or ii) the bar staff are just too lazy), or
e) The fact that she dared tell me this reason to my face and expect me not to be furious.
I hate am constantly frustrated by hospitality in the Netherlands.