Friendly's Complaint - It really wasn't all that friendly.
BENNINGTON, VERMONT -- My training group of Residence Advisors went out for some ice cream in the middle of the week. There was about 15 of us, aged 19-23.
We called ahead to ask if they had the servers/tables to accommodate us. We were assured they did and thanked us for calling. I mean, in all fairness we WERE accommodated, but it wasn't really pleasant.
When we walked in, the waittresses kind of rolled their eyes at each other and immediately started bustling around with a bad attitude, sighing and huffing to wipe up tables and seat us. They kept making eye contact with each other and making a face like, "This is ridiculous."
I mean, okay, I understand that people can be prejudice against a large group of young adults, but we stood and waited politely to be seated, smiled and thanked them, didn't make a ruckus, etc. I don't think we were particularly difficult to handle.
The entire restaurant was littered with napkins and food, and had a strange mildew smell. It was pretty gross.
Our orders were right on, though, and we did tip. The waitresses did, however, make it obvious we were unwelcome, and the store was a mess. Yuck. I know where I definitely will not be eating this semester. Boo, Friendly's.