Box lunch: Knife skills and epic resignations
July 25th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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  1. Evil Grin

    I don't mind them observing me while I'm in the restaurant and taking note of my preferences there. After all, my favorite restaurants are my favorites because I've gotten to know some of the staff and they've come to know me (an the food is excellent).

    I don't really like the idea of calling in a reservation and having them google me. However, we have to start understanding that anyone can google anyone at any time. So if there's information about you online, it's basically public property. So while I don't like the idea of people looking me up online, if I have a lot of public online activity, I can't exactly expect no one to ever see it – or use it for or against me.

    There's been a lot of talk lately about internet intelligence companies – companies that will gather your online activities and compile them into a report for a potential employer. I think we can safely say that our privacy is basically gone if we want to do anything with technology anywhere, at any time.

    Regardless, in this case, I think they would do well to give their customers a little feedback sheet (along with maybe a 10% discount off their current meal so they'll fill it out), and just ask what the customer prefers. They will let you know, and you won't have to risk them feeling as if you've invaded their privacy.

    July 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  2. AleeD

    After reading "Dear Whole Foods, I quit" I feel like I should be taking anger management classes – and I'm not even angry.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Evil Grin

      I think we could all write a letter similar to that when leaving most jobs. Just change the [REDACTED] names, and a few details, and you've got it.

      July 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  3. Psycho

    I learned my knife skills from Alfred Hitchcock and Vincent Price. :)

    July 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  4. AleeD

    Restaurants that are keep tabs on my likes & dislikes is a great idea. Not at all creepy. But how would that be accomplished in mid-range restaurants, like Outback, that don't take reservations. We frequent places like that more than we would high-end restaurants.

    July 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Truth@AleeD

      One of my fav lunch places is a little Japanese restaurant, where the servers know me, and will ask if I want my usual. That is a nice touch. I agree that it is not in any way creepy.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • AleeD@Truth

      We often go to a local restaurant for breakfast. Hubby keeps asking for the "Hubby special" just to see if they'll put it in the menu. I think he'll be able to wear them down eventually. :D

      July 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
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