At Vanessa’s Bistro in Berkeley, owner Vi Nguyen recently encountered a customer who stood in her kitchen doorway to yell at her after a server made a simple mistake.
“Not talk, yell,” Nguyen emphasized, sounding increasingly exasperated as she told the story. “This was the beginning of the reopening, and we had a line of takeout orders. Her husband stood at the doorway and was like, ‘She’s hungry! She needs her food right now!’”
“People who were already nice prior to the pandemic are super nice, and people who were a little bit difficult to deal with pre-pandemic are now completely just unbearable to even serve,” she said.
OK, I will admit that the arseholes might be a bit bigger after being copped up for such a long time, but are we really surprised by this? If anything, the pandemic brought us the Rise of the Karens so Regular Dickheads returning to its familiar migratory patterns after a forced social hibernation should not be surprise. Just like a bear, they woke up hungry but rather than food, they crave being assholes and they try to gorge themselves whenever possible.