Apparently, the popular TV show, “Big Bang Theory” was on to something when it placed one of its characters, Bernadette Rostenkowski, on the payroll at the Cheesecake Factory. Bernadette waits tables at the casual dining chain restaurant as she defends her doctoral thesis in microbiology. Life indeed does imitate art, as Plato said. A week ago, we had a lovely family dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, and now I’m wondering if the chain seeks out only the bright candidates for its waitstaff.
Our server was a lovely young gentleman from England. He was cheerful and polite. When he found out we were celebrating SuzyQ’s return home from college, he revealed that he is a graduate student at the nearby university. He told us that he also teaches some courses there. I don’t know how long he has been in this country, but he proved beyond a doubt he knows Americans.
- Many American college students are as dumb as a pile of rocks. Our server expounded on the sad state of higher education with searing clarity. Most of his students have no business sitting in a college classroom. According to him, they spend the whole class texting or playing games or internet surfing on their laptops instead of paying attention to the lecture.
- The American university, in our server’s experience, is essentially equivalent to British high school. He explained that the first year classes most students take in college are covered in secondary school in Britain so that by the time a student reaches university, he is prepared for advanced study. In other words, Americans waste a whole lot of money on so-called “college” while the rest of the world laughs about it.
- Our server was quick to confirm that the United States used to be recognized as the world leader in education, but now, well…
- The best insight of the evening, however, concerned the lack of sincerity among Americans. According to our server, Americans are quick to say how much they like you or even “love” you. In his estimation, however, Americans rarely mean what they say. After all, “When someone says he loves you, he should be willing to take a bullet for you.” Amen, brother! We quickly echoed that point to SuzyQ: “When a guy says he loves you, he had better be ready to take a bullet for you!”
So there you have it. Powerful words from a Cheesecake factory waiter. Americans, get over yourselves!