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Michael Baker
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On 2009-08-30 22:13, MickeyPainless wrote:
Michael,

That DOES look odd doesn't it! Oh well, not a worker, not a comedian and obviously a lousy comedy writer as well! Smile


It was a perfect play on words with a very funny double entendre. That's comedy writing worth paying for!!

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On 2009-08-30 19:11, VernonOnCoins wrote:
Why are we even entertaining "insulting come backs"?


This is our way of being the Monday morning quarterbacks. Would we actually use these comebacks. Most us of, probably not. But, there is comfort to be found among friends, in these “what if” scenarios. Lighten up. You’re sucking the joy out of the room.
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Irfaan Kahan
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This is stupid.

Of course, I am NOT a bum.

I HAVE a bum, therefore I am.
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Kill 'em with kindness, Nash - you'll rest easy at night that way.
Michael Peterson
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Nash, you should have given the money back & said-

I don't feel right taking your entire months pay.

or

Isn't this the same 2 dollars I gave you at the freeway off ramp where you were holding up a cardboard sign?

;)


People can simply be rude sometimes, I experienced a bit of weirdness performing yesterday at an outdoor concert. I just moved on & didn't give it too much thought.


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On 2009-08-31 13:10, Michael Peterson wrote:...I experienced a bit of weirdness performing yesterday at an outdoor concert. ...


Weird vibes, I noticed that yesterday myself. I wonder what was up???

-=tabman
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Its a night out for you mate,but a night off for your family....

Save your breath for your inflatable girl friend....

Men like him don’t grow on trees — they swing from them.....

Just because you have one, doesn’t mean you have to be one....

Come to see me again when you have less time.....

I saw a loaf of bread today that made me think of you,but when I looked again it said 'Thick Cut' ........

He dosent have to worry about identity theft ,cause no one wants to be him....

There you go,all tried and personally tested,all the tools you need to make the twats curl up and die!! Smile
Ive upped my standards.Now,up yours!
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This thread cracks me up...good advice, I agree with everyone
Alan Munro
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On 2009-08-31 00:01, greatscott wrote:
I think there have been some pretty good comebacks here. Although we wouldn't actually use them on the customers, they are still great. Keep them coming. We do need times, and places to vent every now and then.

True, we need to vent. It's impossible to read the offender's body language through a description, and that has a huge bearing on how we handle the situation.
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You guys are too funny.
I'm cool, I forgot to mention that the same night, at the table adjacent to them the customers dropped me a $20 tip so it all balances out.

Gotta focus on the goods instead of the bads
Don't give up, don't EVER give up.

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On 2009-08-31 16:38, Nash wrote:
You guys are too funny.
I'm cool, I forgot to mention that the same night, at the table adjacent to them the customers dropped me a $20 tip so it all balances out.

Gotta focus on the goods instead of the bads


That's it right there !


:)


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On 2009-08-29 19:58, Brian Proctor wrote:
A couple weeks ago I had a rude situation similar to that. I had just finished performing at a table, everyone was having a lot of fun in that particular group. Wrapped everything up, thanked them, and walked on my merry way, I was walking past a table, did not even make eye contact with anyone, had not even stopped to ask them, and the dad says loudly "NO THANK YOU!" It felt very personal, but I kept my composure. I just turned around and looked at him puzzled, and then kept walking. Some people are just rude down to the core.


Granted, he was abrupt. But I don't think he was all that rude, at least he said NO THANK YOU! As opposed to the woman in the first story.
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On 2009-09-01 12:26, ed rhodes wrote:...Some people just don't like magic. I know it's hard to understand, but it's true.


True words but on the other hand, you never know what someone is going through. It might not have had anything to do with the magic or the magician.

When I was on the road our bus driver was the biggest a*hole I thought I had ever met so I decided to see if I could become friends with him and would ride shotgun late at night and talk. I discovered that he was in incredible pain all the time and had to work to support his family. He wasn't trying to be mean, it was the pain from a failed back operation. He had pain meds but they knocked him out so he couldn't drive and use. That changed my attitude about rude people and a*holes. You just never know what the other person is dealing with.

Of course, some folks are just a*holes plain and simple and theres nothing you can do about that but be glad you aren't one.

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When I was the entertainment director of the Texas Renaissance Festival, I was often asked about handling hecklers. In my handbook, I had written the following:

"Get a copy of 2002 Insults. Read it from cover to cover, and find three or four insults you really like. Memorize them. When someone begins to heckle you or give you any kind of hard time, look him straight in the eye, smile, and think one of them at him, as loud as you can.

"The audience will understand. They will admire your restraint. The heckler might understand. And you will have the pride of realizing that you could have made him feel like the idiot he actually is. If he continues, after you have given him two or three chances, once the rest of the audience is on your side, go in for a clean, swift, surgical strike. But do this only if the audience is on your side."

These forums serve the same purpose as thinking a heckle-stopper at the insulting party. It makes you feel good to know that you could have really graved the heckler, but you still have your job.
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I like the turning the bill into a hundred idea.

Also: tear off the corner, give her the "Receipt" and leave your set-up lemon and a knife at the table. Walk away and wait for it...

Side note: the average 20-something female (especially attractive ones) gets hit on at least multiple times a day, over a thousand times a year. Hence, they develop the b**** mode to ward off us friendly dudes.

Thank god I'm cute.
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On 2009-08-31 16:38, Nash wrote:
You guys are too funny.
I'm cool, I forgot to mention that the same night, at the table adjacent to them the customers dropped me a $20 tip so it all balances out.

Gotta focus on the goods instead of the bads

I hope that you flaunted it, just a little. Smile

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On 2009-09-01 15:58, Terry Veckey wrote:
Offer to teach them the "JWG handcuff and rope tie escape".
It's a great reputation maker.

JWG? I hope that isn't meant as the initials of a certain psychopath. That's just bad!
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How about when you handed her the two dollars back you could have said:

"OK, have a nice dinner. I'll just leave this here (set the two dollars back on the table) for your ill-fated waitress as an extra tip since she doesn't have the ability to walk away. She's forced to take orders from you."

<<very therapeutic>>

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Wow. Though I'm a bot confused. Was she at the same table as the regular you were walking over too?

If so, the obvious solution would be to turn to them and say, "I'm sorry, I'm here to see (insert regulars name, or just address them)"

Of course, if they were not the same table, well, you could just turn to someone else at the same table and re-introduce yourself to them, perhaps indicating in some way you are waiting to see how much they will pay you to not perform.

OR, say to her "I'm sorry, the restaurant already pays me to perform here, you do not need to pay me to not perform, but thank you for the offer." or some other remark that is polite, but also has some sort of under lying slap to her face that I am certain she would be oblivious to.

The whole "don't come near my family" thing is off putting. Perhaps she was religious and did not believe in magic for some "god" based reason. I would have been asking the rest of them if THEY would like to see you perform.
It's amazing, people will criticize you for "biting the hand that feeds you," while they're busy praising the hand that beats them.

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On 2009-09-01 22:27, gdw wrote:
I would have been asking the rest of them if THEY would like to see you perform.


In this scenario, I think what the OP did was the most professional thing possible... basically, just walking away. Getting into fights with the customers could easily get you fired, and she isn't worth it.
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On the serious side, I'm thinking that the lady at the table is one of those who "must be" the center of attention & didn't want to "share the spotlight" with anyone else. Also, obviously a "control" freak. Insulting her would not only do damage to the resturant that employs you, it might make the others at the table defensive towards you. I really believe that you did the right thing in walking away & not allowing yourself to become the same type of person that she was. I don't do these type of gigs, but when she handed me the two dollars I still might have gushed: "Oh boy! Two dollars! Now I can buy that Lexus! Just kidding! You keep it! You folks have a wonderful evening! I know I am!" then walk away! NEVER let anybody take control away from you, but remain a class act. I have an advantage in the fact that I'm partially deaf so I can always turn a "deaf ear" to people who insult me.

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Hi,

you should have said...'keep it and upgrade yourself to a new outfit'

that always gets a laugh.

regards,
geoff.
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