The handshaking etiquette in restaurants is very difficult to fathom. You should never shake hands with the waiters. They are usually carrying lots of plates and/or glasses or trying to write something anyway so it’s not so practical. If it’s a posh restaurant, the maître d’hôtel will sometimes want to shake hands with you as will the chef, unless it’s Gordon Ramsay in which case he will come after you with a meat cleaver for mispronouncing your entrée.
Monday, October 16, 2006
I know a man who was taught to do a proper handshake by his uncle. That sounds like a very good use of the extended family to me. Some children only get ‘uncles’ who give them a fiver and tell them to piss off for an hour. As the recipient of many an insipid paw rattle over the years, I think the custom of teaching proper handshaking should be revived. We are all so nervous about conducting any sort of business with strangers, it can only be beneficial to find out if they have sweaty hands and can therefore not be trusted before they skim your credit card or run off with your partner. You can then say, ‘I knew it, I knew it’, over and over to compensate for your loss.