Diner Who Broke Waiter's Fingers Needs a Reality Check


club coletteForget Downton Abbey, class warfare rages in full color in the dining rooms of the posh enclave of Palm Beach, Florida. Why isn't all that soft, cushioned money making the residents kinder? At a dining club Saturday night some rich dude named John Castle (yes, really, Castle) BROKE A WAITER'S FINGER. What did the waiter, Paul Kucik, do to deserve such harsh corporeal punishment? He dared present the bill as requested by Castle's wife. "You schmuck, why did you bring the bill to the table?" he reportedly snarled, before grabbing the waiter's hand and twisting his fingers.

The waiter declined to flatter the diner with "Oh my, Castle, what strong hands you have." He also hasn't pressed charges yet, but after getting an x-ray to confirm that the non-handshake had broken his left ring finger he retained a lawyer. As you do.

To be fair (I say, rolling my eyes) presenting the bill at the table simply isn't done at a dining club. It's supposed to arrive at your secretary's desk the following morning tied to the tender coral feet of an alabaster dove. Everyone knows that. But the customer is always right, and the waiter was just following her ladyship's orders.

Anyway, if you've ever spent time in the playgrounds of the tragically wealthy you may have noticed it doesn't always bring out the best in people. We stopped into a diner there one afternoon last winter (not because we're fancy but because I goofed the flight reservations and had us fly out of the PB airport instead of Miami). The waitress there was was oddly delighted to work with us and she eventually admitted, in hushed tones, that most of the patrons in that town were not exactly easy to deal with and it was just really nice to see some regular people. Then she glanced over her shoulder, wiped away a tear, and hurried off to another table.

Maybe it's that combination of old age and money that makes the denizens of Palm Beach especially (sorry, can't help myself) Palm Bitchy. I mean, these people don't even want a farmer's market on their fair island because it would attract undesirables. Maybe they're confusing farmer's market with flea market? Maybe delicious food make them angry? I don't know, but waiting tables should never be this dangerous!

Why do you think a diner would break a waiter's fingers like that?


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nonmember avatar Granite

@kisses5050 - shut up already. The dude had his finger broken for doing what he was asked to do. What might have happened if he told the wife "your request is going against 'procedure'"?

Thus has nothing to do with you.

Broken bones hurt, no mater how small. Your hands get used for everything. I wish I could also u with mine.

nonmember avatar NavyWife

I hope the waiter sues the man for all he's worth. Physically harming someone over something as small as bringing the check at the wrong time is just abhorrent. Money can't make up for the fact that this guy is a complete and total asshole and if I was his wife, I would be embarrassed until the end of time.

CoolR... CoolRelax

I don't know why we're bashing Kisses - I've learned quite a bit just reading her examples.  It's not like she said the guy deserved to have his fingers smashed.  That said, if this had happened to me I probably wouldn't have sued.  We would have had a Jershey Shore meets Basketball Wives meets UFC moment, lol. And when it's over I can invite Mr. Castle to sue ME, I'm now an unemployed waiter.

CPN322 CPN322

totally agree with Gecko!!!

kisse... kisses5050

Granite on Jan 13, 2012 at 2:28 AM

@kisses5050 - shut up already. The dude had his finger broken for doing what he was asked to do. What might have happened if he told the wife "your request is going against 'procedure'"?

Do  you  reallllllllly  want  to know what  happens?  I will tell you. A wife request the ticket you smile and say sweetly "I understand Mrs. Soso".  Then you refer the request to the captain. Who takes care of it.  There are times that theses dinners can go on and on and wives try to rush the husbands off. No one calls the dinner  over except the host. Sometimes the bill can be well into the tens of thousands..and that is why the bill is auditied It is a very delicate business and slighting a patron can cost a restaurant thousands and thousands of dollars. Should the man have broken his fingers? NO from the very first post I said that it was uncalled for.. But I will stand by that the waiter shouldn't be working above his station... if he doesn't understand protocol go serve at Olive Garden!

nonmember avatar Aj

Lol break a finger, retire for life. I'd say the waiter was lucky the customer was a douche. Now he can tell is employers to sod off, and kick the rich village idiot where it hurts and retire lol

squee... squeekers

I'd sue him

nonmember avatar Eric

I'd have him arrested, then sue him.

nonmember avatar guitarman

“tired of people bashing on the wealthy”??? Here’s my response to that: of those who are in the “Top 1%”, not one of them even deserves to be alive. Not one. Go ahead, ask me why… Any of them could instantly and effortlessly improve the lives of COUNTLESS (hundreds of thousands, at least) dirt-poor, needy, hungry, suffering, helpless humans, yet they ALL REFUSE to do so. Spare us the fairy tales of Buffet and Bill & Melinda; in reality they are ‘giving away’ barely a fraction of their obscene fortunes. If there’s one group, segment or subset of humanity that it is ALWAYS okay to “bash on”, it’s them. Yet we still teach our children fetishism of Wealth and worship of the Wealthy. To hell with them, as well as any normal/poor person dimwitted enough to stick up for ‘em.

And for future reference, saying something like “I am not in that 1%, but I know plenty of people who are, and most would never blah-blah-blah”? In today’s world, that’s a bit like saying, “Hey, I’m no steroid-pumping neo-Nazi donkey rapist, but a lot of my friends are!”… Just not something to be so proud of, y’know?

nonmember avatar guitarman

Glad we have a true Upper Crust paragon of propriety here to educate all of us worthless trash about the finer points of living The Good Life, thanks 'kisses'! And so proud of your "station" in life too! Well good for you, it's about time somebody started imposing a true hardcore Class System in this country. Or do you prefer "caste"? Tell me something, if one is born into the station of lowly waiter (clearly just one step above a panhandler, in your view), is there no hope for him to rise up one day to the just-slightly-more-important strata of (gasp)... WAIT CAPTAIN?!? Oh, but us little people can only wonder and dream about the lives of those who spend "tens of thousands" on DINNER. BTW, your amazing mind fucked up; nobody actually asked you to explain all that, the previous poster was making a rhetorical comment regarding what THE HUSBAND'S REACTION might've been, had the waiter failed to honor the wife's request. Guess being around all that money all the time has a degenerative effect on cognition and comprehension...

The cherry on top. i guess, was randomly denigrating the thousands of Americans who work at Olive Garden restaurants. Super-classy move there, Your Lordship.

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