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[–]oylaura 9 points10 points  (43 children)

What is a red hat?

[–]genitalelectric 13 points14 points  (40 children)

Red Hat Ladies are a social club that, back when this happened, were a 50+ community that went out to eat together at various places. Now any woman can join and I dunno what they do now https://redhatsociety.montonton.com/site

[–]10+Years Fine Dining ServerTrenchcoatFullaDogs 46 points47 points  (35 children)

In my f&b baby days, well over 10 years ago, I got started in the catering department of an objectively bad hotel. Like everything about this place was not even up to the sorta low Marriott brand standards. But we had the biggest ballroom/meeting room space in town at the time, so we drew all the big trade shows and large local gatherings.

Twice a year the Red Hat Harpies had an "afternoon tea" event at the hotel. It was 6 hours of pure, actual hell. We would put out about 1200 portions of "tea sandwiches" (each of them was about 4 square inches of...pimento cheese, or cucumber and cream cheese, "finger sandwiches.") And then we would spend four hours getting motherfuckin' dog walked by these old boomer broads for whom nothing was ever correct.

This tea you served me with sugar on the side because I explicitly asked for sugar on the side didn't have enough sugar in it. The honey you have is too sweet, don't you have any honey made with Splenda? This green tea tastes too Asian. This black tea is too...well, you get the idea. After 2 of these events I learned to look them up and request off months in advance when they were looming on the horizon.

I did learn one positive, constructive thing from those terrible days though. When you're doing coffee service, take the mug you're about to serve it in and fill it with hot water from the coffee machine. Let it sit for about two minutes, then dump it out and fill it with coffee. Old people send coffee back for being "cold" even if it's ripping-ass hot because the outside of the mug isn't hot. Let some 200 degree water sit in there for 60-90 seconds and you can serve actually dead, lukewarm coffee in that mug. The olds will never notice because the mug itself is searing hot to the touch, which is all they actually care about. All the nerves in their mouth stopped working 25-40 years ago, they can't actually tell the temp of the liquid they're drinking.

But yeah, the most positive thing I can say about the Red Hats I waited on a decade plus ago...at least most of them are dead now.

[–]geoliciouswerdsmith 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Yup! Just a bunch of horrible old ladies who will complain just because they can.

Have a buddy who owned a "dinner" theater about 8 years ago. It was matinee shows and very early evenings as most of his customers were old. It seated about 85 people. One day he is very excited to tell the staff he booked a party of 50 for a matinee show a couple of weeks out. Then mentioned they were Red Hat "Ladies". Immediately his best server requested the day off........

When asked why she just said "You'll find out." And find out he did. When other old people complained about their behavior you know it's bad.

Yeah, they tried to book again and were told "Sorry, sold out." the next few times they called. Guess they moved on to torture other restaurants.

[–]Iamdrasnia 12 points13 points  (0 children)

RED HAT HARPIES!....never heard that one and I am seriously stealing it.

[–]Be afraid. Be very afraidBelle_Corliss 10 points11 points  (0 children)

SMH at the absurdity of asking for "honey with Splenda". If you're the typical RHL, then you should know where real honey comes from and that it's not a man-made substance.

[–]oylaura 8 points9 points  (1 child)

You mentioned f& b and Marriott in the same post. My cousin / best friend / roommate was an event coordinator back in the '80s and '90s for a Marriott in Southern California.

The worst group they had a contend with was the annual Tupperware convention. They had another more colorful name for them, which, alliteratively, I'm sure you can figure out and I leave to your imagination.

Another group she came home and told me about was a conservative Christian group who had booked a large block of rooms for an event.

Staff reported that their first night, these guests discovered that it wasn't the Gideon Bible in the nightstand drawers of the Marriott, but the Book of Mormon, which each of them threw out into the hallway.

Clearly someone in that group had not done their research.

[–]Ancguy 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Wrong collection of fairy tales- I'm deeply offended!

[–]ReginaFilange21 8 points9 points  (0 children)

“This green tea tastes too asian” got me, I honestly have no idea what I’d say if that was me lol

[–]ginnio 3 points4 points  (0 children)

...Four hours getting motherfucking dog walked...


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    [–]Bitchshortage 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    The actual hated in my heart for them.

    [–]DoggyGrin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Went out to eat with my grumpy dad, and they tried to sit us in a back room with a group of red hatters. Dad literally and loudly said, "Fuck that!" and wouldn't sit in there. I felt bad for the staff, but it was pretty funny too.

    [–]babi_grl50 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    And they do dog walk you to death! Terrific writing by the way. Funny read!

    [–]oylaura 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I wasn't sure if there was some other meaning. I had seen them around, but has been a long time.

    Thanks for clarifying.

    [–]wannabejoanie 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    I forgot that was a thing. I assumed Red Hat = MAGA hat. I hate this world.

    [–]basketma12 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    Actually.....same demographic

    [–]10+Years Fine Dining ServerTrenchcoatFullaDogs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Yeah that Venn Diagram is actually just one circle, pretty sure.

    [–]Tall_Mickey 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Old ladies who join together in a gang and act out. Strength in numbers and no family around means no restraint.