Outback Steakhouse Complaint - Stupid Policy
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- My wife & I recently went to Outback for dinner. It was about 730 on a weeknight and much to my surprise, the restaurant was very crowded. No problem. As we waited to give our name to the hostess, the people in front of us were told it would be about 25 minutes for a table (non-smoking). My wife & I both smoke. When I asked approximatley how long the wait would be for smoking, the hostess became surprisingly rude and stated she had no idea! She advised me that smoking is first come-first serve. In other words you have to stand around the people eating in the smoking section, wait for them to get up and then run to the table! This is what the hostess actually told me! I advised her that's really not fair--Lets say someone has been standing around hovering for 20 minutes and just happens to look away for a second when someone gets up and then I speed over to a table ahead of them. She just shrugged.
Are all Outbacks like this or just here in Nevada? Are there other restaurants that do this? To me, it's an absoluetly ridiculous policy. If I was sitting having dinner, I sure would not want people staring at me--waiting for me to get up.