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Mo's Fisherman's Wharf Complaint - Excellent Food, Lousy Waiter and Service

Review by Theresa469 on 2007-05-06
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- I was in Baltimore 5/2/07 - 5/4/07 for a conference. Me and some of my coworkers were looking for a good seafood restaurant in the Inner Harbor. The personnel at the hotel we were staying in, suggested Mo's Fisherman's Wharf. They told us that they would pick us up. How nice! The man that picked us up to go to Mo's was very friendly. Mo's Fisherman's Wharf is located at 219 So. President St. Baltimore, MD. When we arrived at the restaurant we were seated promptly. The waiter announced the specials for today. We gave him our order. He never asked us if we wanted a drink. When our food arrived it was so much that we asked for containers. After emptying our food into containers, the waiter came and immediately took our plates. Never asking if we were finished (we still had food on our plates). Threw the bill on the table and left. He never asked if we wanted dessert, coffee or anything else. When we looked at the bill, we were shocked that the gratutity was included. I understand when you come with a large party but it was only three of us in our party. We gave him the money with the exact change. We were supposed to get $5.00 back. Instead, we received $3.00 and some change. What's going on? We asked the manager about the bill and he agreed and gave us the remainder of the money. We asked about the waiter and he said that his name is MJ. This restaurant has excellent food but I felt that the waiter do not like the fact that African American professionals (such as myself) can afford to come in an establishment for good food and great service. This waiter was arrogant and let us know that this kind of prejudice exists in the restaurant business. We started to become paranoid about our food. Did they do something to our food? I'm telling everyone, do not eat at Mo's if you're African American.
Comments:26 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-05-10
Posted by Skye on 2007-05-06:
Oh no, not the race card again. I don't excuse MJ for not offering coffee and dessert, but why do some people always assume it's a racial thing ? I have had servers who weren't the nicest or the most attentive in my lifetime, but never cried "RACE".
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2007-05-06:
You said it all in one word, "paranoid"...I thought the poster was going to complain about the name "Mo" being used...come on, I've been to places where we were not asked if we wanted deserts...my guess was that they were crowded and had people waiting for tables. No big deal because we weren't planning on ordering desert anyway...but if we were, we would have simply asked for a desert menu...if you wanted a drink before your meal, ask for it, once you placed your food in containers, it usually means you're done with your plates...if you weren't, then open your mouth and tell them you're not done. You didn't have a problem when it came to your money and the tip, you opened your mouth then. You seem to be able to voice yourself now but you should have voiced yourself then and stop whining about it being a "racial" thing. Sorry to have to break it to you, but you seem to be the one with the problem of the color of your skin, not the rest of the world, why should anyone else care?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-06:
Theresa469, I really think race is a thing to be proud of and not scared of. The key word here is "paranoid".

I can't really understand what it means to be black, at least that is what I am told but I can understand being mistreated because you don't measure up to someone else’s standards.

I am a short white boy; the key word here is "short". There have been many studies that find short people are treaded different just because they are short. Over looked for jobs, can’t get a tall girl friend, etc; the point is by reading you review one of two things was happening to you.

1. You were being mistreated because you are black.That would be his problem, not yours.

2. The waiter is having a bad day? He was trying to get off work? His wife just beat him? Your beauty stunned him? On and on it goes, pick one!

You can’t go through the rest of your life thinking every one is out to get you.

I was talking to a Japanese guy and he told me that we were normal and all the people that were over 5’8” were not normal. The average height of people is 5’6” to 5’7”. So you see sometimes things are not as they seem. Don’t live your life with the hate of others.

I do hate when they include the gratuity, I don’t think that’s right.

Posted by Nohandle on 2007-05-06:
Theresa, not only did your server not ask if you if you wanted dessert or coffee I believe he didn't ask if you wanted anything to drink when you were seated. Chalk it up to a poor server...nothing more. As far as the gratutity being added, I believe that's the norm now. Check your bill before you leave the tip.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-06:
I don't do that when they add the tip up front and don't tell you till you get the bill, you don't have to give a tip if you don't want too.
A tip is a payment to certain service sector workers beyond the advertised bill or fee. These payments and their size are a matter of social custom. Tipping varies from culture to culture and by service industry. Though by definition a tip is never legally required and its amount is at the discretion of the person being served, in some circumstances failing to give an adequate tip when one is expected would be considered very miserly, a violation of etiquette, or unethical. In some other cultures or situations, giving a tip is not expected and offering one would be considered condescending or demeaning. In some circumstances (such as tipping government workers) it is illegal.

A tip is also known as a gratuity, a term which can also refer to a fixed service charge in lieu of a tip.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-06:
If a Caucasian American professional had posted this same exact scenario and cried racism, would you, as an African American professional, have taken it seriously? Or would you be outraged that a white person would do such a thing? Get over yourself and chalk it up to the fact that you didn't have the best server waiting on you.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2007-05-06:
I agree about the tip...I don't think they should just add it to your bill...if you get lousy service, you shouldn't have to leave a tip. A tip is for good service.
Posted by Theresa469 on 2007-05-07:
Whoa...calm down everyone. Racism still exists. You can't wish it away. There were all kind of African Americans in the restaurant. (Drug dealers, professional, beauticians) most people who don't mind spending money to eat good food. My waiter was crappy. He actually walked up while we were in a conversation and started taking the plates away by piling them up on one another. I have to problem speaking my mind. The restaurant was not crowded at that time but he was getting us out of there. There were other AA's eating who felt the same way. There was this very cute white couple and they were treated that way. Please, please don't tell me about pulling THE race card because sometimes it really happens.
Posted by ejack053824 on 2007-05-07:
Call the NAACP if your that pissed off! Rev. Al Sharpton would love to hear this case.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2007-05-07:
Were all the other African Americans treated the same as you or differently? You just lost your case right there...If you know there were drug dealers in there, why didn't you do the community a service as any "good" citizen would do, white or black...and turn them in to the police? Or maybe you DON'T know they are drug dealers but you are stereotyping them as drug dealers because they are black...which makes you guilty for the exact same thing you are claiming to be a victim of.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07:
Sounds like a clear case of racism to me. Maybe it's just me but I don't much care for people who are racists. No doubt all the people commenting about playing the 'race card' are themselves European and probably closet racists who don't like to see brown people who are more successful then themselves. Me myself I don't see color. People tell me I'm white but I don’t know I just take their word for it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07:
I'm sure Al would love to hear all about the restaurant full of African American drug dealers, professionals and beauticians and how you were able to determine this information by just looking at them. I'll bet you could conjur up quite a story for him on how poorly all these folks were treated, except for the very cute white couple that is.
And that waiter... he had the nerve to just walk up and start taking your plates while you were in conversation?? Who did he think he was anyway? I would not put up with that kind of service either!
You are right, racism does still exist - you are one of them. Get off your high horse and find something worthwhile to be concerned about.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07:
Something's not adding up here.
Posted by TNT8385 on 2007-05-07:
You said you EMPTIED your food into the containers yet you also say you still had food left on your plates when the waiter immediately took them away. Strange...

You also didn't tell the waiter when he took away the plates that you weren't done with them because you still had food on them. How come?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07:
Went to an Italian restaurant a few weeks ago that we have been patronizing since it opened. We had always given it rave reviews. It was a terrible experience due to the waiter not having a clue how to be a waiter. On the way out I went to the owner who was sitting at the bar and asked him if something has changed lately? That was all I asked. He stated due to his error he had three new waiters starting that night and was ready to slice his wrists. He handed me his biz card and wrote one bottle of wine N/C to be used on our next visit. Without saying a thing he knew what the problem was. Food was excellent, the waiter was an idiot and did nothing right. We tipped on the lower end of the tipping scale. But we will return as the food is great and this was a first time experience.

Moral of story, we are white Euros and the waiter was Mexican. Never once did I think he was doing a bad job because he did not like white Euros. He was just a bad waiter on his first night in a new place. When we return and if we get him again and if he does better we will tip better.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07:
Why is it Euro-Americans are more likely to believe in big foot than claims of racism? Why do claims of racism make Euro-Americans froth at the mouth? I'd say most Euro-Americans I've run across are racist to some degree yet NONE of them will admit it. Every single time somebody writes a review claiming racism all the Euro's pounce. That in it's self proves that racism is alive and well in the good ole US of A.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07:
Yes it is Stew. The face of America is changing my friend so everyone better get used to the change or move back to where ever their roots are.
Posted by heaven17 on 2007-05-07:
I think it's important to keep in mind that we're commenting on the OP's account of what happened at this restaurant. Honestly, from what they wrote, it sounds like bad service, not obvious racism.
Racism does exist in this day and age, but it does no one any good to make accusations based on possibly wrong assumptions.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07:
Stew says: “Why is it Euro-Americans are more likely to believe in big foot than claims of racism?” Because most Americans are sick of it! If I cry every time someone didn’t treat me right there would be a very long line.

What makes me madder then racism is this political correctness crap you are spouting here. You Mr. Stew are one of the biggest racists I have encountered on here but still you refuse to admit it.

While racism does still exist it is not something that should be used every time something happens that someone doesn’t like and racism is not a color thing it can happen to any of us, even us “Euro Americans”.

Your comment is in it self a racist remark and only an idiot would fall for it.

Grow up and stop the spreading the hate! Shame on you both
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07:
Superbowl, I am actually socked at your statement! It is REDNECK in its origin and sounds like "America, love it or leave it" how much more lowly can you go?

Things are changing in this country and racism is one of though things. If people like you, Stew and the poster wish to keep it alive then you should go join Al and his bud J.J. then you too could get paid for making a mockery of this country.

Grow up! and stop the hate!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07:
Lidman you can never understand because you are in the 'IN' crowd in this country. Don't even pretend you have the slightest idea what's it's like to be brown skinned person living in this country. You don't and you can't understand. If this person thinks it was about race then more than likely it was. How about little more sensitivity and a little less righteous indignation.. And for Pete's sake quit flying the confederate flag. Your side lost.. now get over it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07:
Stew, how can you say that to me? You are so full of righteous indignation and yourself you could not even pretend to be brown skinned, remember I saw you picture, white boy!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07:
I told you Lidman I don't see color. If you tell me I'm white then I'll take your word for it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07:
Your white as snow, Stewart
Posted by Slimjim on 2007-05-07:
Another thread stew seizes the moment to get on the podium and grandstand. The waiter suked. We've all had waiters do this to everyone of us regardless of what color we are and they were. What evidence was presented here to claim this guy was a racist? Maybe having the tip included in the meal was the problem here motivating the lad "to insure prompt service". In fact, unless the poster came with a party of eight or more, it's in bad taste for the restaurant to even be including it in the bill.
Posted by ejack053824 on 2007-05-10:
Stew...go back to your hut and watch Mississippi Burning. Frigin arse!!

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