DEAR ABBY: My fiance insists upon asking our server’s name if it is not offered when she approaches our table. I am insulted that he even cares. Personally, I do not want him asking for another woman’s name in my presence. I find it rude.
I’ve heard of people (mostly older folks) who object to the overly friendly server rapport you get in some restaurants. They’d like the server to be professional and efficient, focusing on doing his or her job well, not on being the best bud of the customers at every table.
DEAR NAMELESS: In most of the better dining establishments it is a matter of policy that the server introduce him- or herself when a party is seated. If that doesn’t happen, then it is perfectly acceptable — and, indeed, advisable — for the guest to ask the server’s name. Doing so ensures that if something is needed at the table, the diner does not have to say “Hey, you” to get the server’s attention.