My absolute pettiest peeve of all lately...
Waiters coming by toward the middle of my meal and asking if I'm "still working on it."
Holy fucking shit. I'm having a meal. Hopefully a good one. I'm enjoying it. It's not goddam "work."
I have no idea how this sloppy, trashy expression became the norm for waiters. Even in good restaurants they do it. Stop referring to the act of eating as "work," especially when I'm paying for it. Grosses me out and annoys me.
I generally scowl at them and say "well I wouldn't call it work, I'm eating" and they stare at my blankly.
I know it's not their fault. Some corporate asshole 10 years ago decided to teach all waiters to say this and now they all do it.
But for the love of god, STOP IT! PLEASE!
I just spent a week in New Orleans and didn't hear this expression once, and I ate like a pregnant sow at a dozen restaurants so there were plenty of opportunities. They get it down there. It's not work. It's a tasty meal.
If I need to "work" to eat this food it's either stale, overcooked, or awful.