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Old 12-05-2012, 09:58 PM   #31
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Do you think what you are referring to is the same thing being described here? Did you ask (request, demand, decree, order, whatever it may be) your server to sing Happy Birthday to you?
I didn't. I know people who have requested it, and I've even worked in the food industry many many years ago and sung (very very quietly). I've never heard of anyone being offended by the request. I've never seen or heard anyone demand or order a server to sing. As for the others I saw and heard being sung to....I have no idea if it was requested or not. It sounds like the grandmother has seen it done and was excited to celebrate a birthday. I just don't see the supposed offense.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:06 PM   #33
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Huh? The grandmother requested that the server sing Happy Birthday. Whatever word you use for the way she made that request, it's still an odd thing to do and is not done. None of us know whether the grandma asked in the nicest way possible or was being demanding, so lets not get into something that is unknowable.

I think we can all agree that in no restaurant where you are all sitting around the table do you ask, request, tell, order, or demand your server to sing someone Happy Birthday. Yes, there are places where they sing to you and you request it, but the distinction here is you do not ask an individual to sing for you.
Ooooh, I understand now. The other poster and I are envisioning grandma was asking if the server can go and get other servers and they do the typical "happy birthday" song with a piece of cake or cupcake or ice cream or even just sing to help them celebrate. You are envisioning grandma was ordering the server to just stand there and belt it out.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:47 PM   #34
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Sorry maybe I didn't explain clearly. I had been wearing my birthday button all day on my lanyard. During the meal a large group of servers gathered to sing happy birthday and happy anniversary songs to multiple other tables in the restaurant. As it came time for dessert my grandmother simply asked do you guys do something for birthdays and her response was in lines of, sit here, don't you think the fireworks are good enough? About two minutes later our server joined a group of servers singing happy birthday to the table two tables down from us. And, I worked as a waitress for 4 years and have been asked about birthday songs about a million times.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:15 PM   #35
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I am also here now and do agree that some ECV drivers can be rude and do not know how to handle the ECV that they are on; however, I have also seen many people walk right out in front of ECV's and are not paying attention and I know that they do not stop on a dime especially in these crowded parks. I am fortunate to not have to use an ECV but these are the observations that I have made this week.
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Huh? The grandmother requested that the server sing Happy Birthday. Whatever word you use for the way she made that request, it's still an odd thing to do and is not done. None of us know whether the grandma asked in the nicest way possible or was being demanding, so lets not get into something that is unknowable.

I think we can all agree that in no restaurant where you are all sitting around the table do you ask, request, tell, order, or demand your server to sing someone Happy Birthday. Yes, there are places where they sing to you and you request it, but the distinction here is you do not ask an individual to sing for you.
I am a server and it is absolutely acceptable to ask the server if they can sing happy birthday!!! Who are you to say its out of line, you just say its her birthday, can you sing happy birthday?! If the restraunt allows it, go for it. We can't at my work due to copyright reasons, but my old job we could!
It's out of line when someone chimes in on stuff they know nothing about and try and put someone else down!
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:00 AM   #37
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Ha I rode EE with a BTG. Kinda of fun actually. DW was with DD2.
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:10 AM   #38
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We are also here now and have been since Sunday. We usually come to Disney the first or second week in December and i definitely notice that the crowds are heavier this year. I read so many times on this board that you will not even notice the pop warner kids. We have DEFINITELY noticed them, mainly at night. They have all been very well behaved, but they come in VERY large groups. We have been getting to the parks early and coming back late in order to avoid the crowds. Our vacation has been wonderful, but much more crowded than in the past.

My biggest disappointment has been the restaurants. We have a few restaurants that we visit every trip because we love them so much and we have left looking at each other going "what was going on in there tonight?" Food has been OK and service has been terrible. I usually just go with the flow and figure everyone has an off night, but this has been happening over and over. My biggest disappointment was Le Cellier. I was so excited to finally eat there and both the service and food were a disappointment.

I will definitely not let this ruin my trip, I just wanted to post some things I have noticed that I have not seen in the past. My stay at the Poly, however, never disappoints. I love being here and will miss the resort once I leave. It is one of my favorite parts of coming to Disney!!!

The weather has been amazing. We went to the water park yesterday and felt like we had it all to ourselves. Definitely the place to go for a break from the crowds.
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When we were there a few weeks ago the ecv's were out of control! My daughter was hit by one and still has a scar on her ankle! The woman did not even apologize. We also saw people making faces and getting annoyed because people would not get out of their way. Very dangerous!
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:14 AM   #40
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Sorry maybe I didn't explain clearly. I had been wearing my birthday button all day on my lanyard. During the meal a large group of servers gathered to sing happy birthday and happy anniversary songs to multiple other tables in the restaurant. As it came time for dessert my grandmother simply asked do you guys do something for birthdays and her response was in lines of, sit here, don't you think the fireworks are good enough? About two minutes later our server joined a group of servers singing happy birthday to the table two tables down from us. And, I worked as a waitress for 4 years and have been asked about birthday songs about a million times.
Sounds like a crabby server.
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I will say that the restrooms seemed to not to be as consistently clean. Most were ok. But, there was one that looked like a pack of wild animals ran through. Speaking of which, most guests even were nice and friendly. But, there did seem to be an abundance of people who must have thought their legs would fall off if they walked 10 feet to the trashcan. I hate that because Disney is so beautiful, I try to be careful to not even accidentally drop things. People were just throwing cups down.
I noticed that last week, too. Especially at night in the MK and EPCOT.
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This is by NO means a complaint thread, we are having a great time. Just a few things all 12 of us have noticed collectively...

The soap in the bathrooms make your hands smell like vomit.

No issues with any ecv people. All very polite. A few stroller issues, nothing too major and my ankles will heal.

The BTGs are out of control.

We are staying at akl and blt. we have seen a ton of the cheerleader groups in the parks and have not encountered an issue.

We do a lot of ts. For the most part, the service has been mediocre at best. So disappointing. Narcoossees was wonderful as always.
Wow, I would think that we are at two different places from the descriptions and what I have observed.

The soap in the restrooms does not smell anywhere near offensive to me.

Have only seen one BTG and it was by the castle after wishes and was a little loud. That was the *only* one we've seen, and today is our 10th day here.

Have eaten at several restaurants, and all the service and food we had was great and the servers friendly and *with it*.

Oh well, to each their own perspective. We're havig a great time!
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Huh? The grandmother requested that the server sing Happy Birthday. Whatever word you use for the way she made that request, it's still an odd thing to do and is not done. None of us know whether the grandma asked in the nicest way possible or was being demanding, so lets not get into something that is unknowable.

I think we can all agree that in no restaurant where you are all sitting around the table do you ask, request, tell, order, or demand your server to sing someone Happy Birthday. Yes, there are places where they sing to you and you request it, but the distinction here is you do not ask an individual to sing for you.
Hmm. I think you are broken Senator.
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It's out of line when someone chimes in on stuff they know nothing about and try and put someone else down!
THIS.

Thanks for your post.
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It's out of line for your grandmother to order a server to sing to you. In what restaurant anywhere would you do that? It's just not appropriate.

That being said, a skilled server should be able to decline the request in a fun and pleasant manner.


She clearly said her grandmother ASKED. How is that in any way ORDERING someone to do something?
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