As even a casual reader of my work will tell you, The Hook is not one to suffer fools lightly – to say the least.
That having been said, even I was stunned to hear of the “Queeb tax” that has cropped up in the United States. For the uninitiated: Restaurants in Burlington, Vermont, are being accused of discrimination after reports that servers are tacking on automatic gratuities to customers with French accents – a practice that primarily targets the Quebecois tourists who frequent the town.
And you thought The Hook was a loose cannon…
Barb Bardin, owner of Burlington’s Splash at the Boathouse, told reporters she is looking for ways to “educate” Quebecers and other foreigners on the practice of tipping.
Good luck with that, Barb. Have you actually met any foreigners?
She also says her restaurant doesn’t have a policy on foreign customers and leaves it up to her staff to determine whether to tack on an automatic gratuity. While I applaud the effort, I’m not so sure servers – or anyone in the hospitality field for that matter – can be trusted to do the “right thing” in this volatile day and age. People are out of control these days (just picture a drunken monkey with a hand grenade) and they continually push each other too far. Ten years ago, you would never have found a server with the guts to propose such an aggressive concept to an owner. But now the concept isn’t so ludicrous – unfortunately. Servers – and bellman, of course – shouldn’t have to fight back against the growing tide of fruit cakes that cross our path on a daily basis.
Of course, ten years ago I never would have used the word “douchebag”, never mind on a daily basis…
The end result of Man’s inhumanity to Man in the restaurant/hospitality field? A “tax” that is sure to lead to litigation and everyone knows what happens when lawyers get involved…
All Hell really breaks loose.
I have the best readers in the world.
- When I asked you to read my blog, you answered: I have over 1,000 readers between both blogs!
- When I asked you to download my book, you did so: 6,059 downloads in total!
- You even sent your good wishes my way when I was stricken down with the flu.
Now I need your help again. I know, I know, I’m needy…
Steven and Chris is a Canadian talk show that covers all the bases, from cooking, home decor (both hosts are design gurus), fashion, health to the usual celebrity appearances. Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman never acknowledge it on-screen, but they’re a couple – and it shows! Their chemistry sets the show apart from the pack (it seems like there is a million talk shows out there these days, right?) and millions of Canadians – of both genders – love them.
Naturally, an appearance on their show would breathe life into my barely-breathing writing career. And so I turn to you.
I need your help to convince the powers-that-be at Steven and Chris that The Hook would make a worthwhile guest. I may not seem like an ideal fit for their genre, but I guarantee every single member of their audience has stayed in a hotel at least once in the past. My work appeals to EVERYONE. I just need to convince Steven and Chris of that!
firstname.lastname@example.org is their e-mail address and I’ve taken the liberty of preparing a short statement that you can “cut and paste”. I can be very thoughtful sometimes, right?
I am a fan of the Canadian bellman/author Robert Hookey, also known as “The Hook”. I think his particular brand of humor would appeal to your audience. His first book, The Bellman Chronicles, contains subject matter that everyone can relate to. Not only that, he’s housebroken, which is always a plus…
Appearing on this show would launch me to a whole other level – and hopefully allow me to sell more than 100 books! Perhaps I could even eat at a restaurant that doesn’t have a drive-thru window… Maybe.
I’d also like to extend an offer to anyone who decides to give me a few minutes of their time; if you can spare some time to help me out, I’d be open to hosting a guest post. If anyone has a tale of a vacation gone awry, or anything funny, let me know!
Thank you in advance, folks. You rock.
TIME FOR OTHER BUSINESS..
A shout-out to my newest blog buddy, Kristen Lamb and her best-selling tome, We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media. Give it a try, folks. You won’t be disappointed…