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Have you ever sat in a restaurant where the thumping bass has made it so you can’t carry on a conversation? Or you have to shout or worse - carry on your conversation via text?
Me: Do you mind turning the music down?
Me: Do you mind turning it down!
Me: Do you mind turning it down!!
Server: Hunh, I can't hear you.
We've been hearing from lots of readers complaining about how noisy restaurants have become. The too loud music forces people to shout which makes it even more noisy.
In our networking and dining etiquette seminars, we now have added a new tip and criteria for choosing a good restaurant for business dining; the noise level.
Is it just because we’re getting older? No, volume of music is on the rise in restaurants. Faster paced music is believed to make you eat faster and consume more alcohol.
Music level and type is often chosen for the staff’s comfort and not necessarily, with you, the patron in mind.
A recent Canadian Sunday Edition radio show did a documentary called Keeping it Down - Loud Music in Restaurants, click here to listen to the ear opening 15 min audio program.
They interviewed Hans Schmidt from Vancouver who started the Right to Quiet Society has developed some special business style cards that might be of help. One card reinforces good behavior and the other makes clear your reason for taking your business elsewhere.
We believe in voting with our pocket book and avoiding restaurants where we can’t converse. These cards let the owner/manager know why you may or may not come back. Terry and I haven’t used them yet, but we might start. The managers can read your complaint... even if they can’t hear them.
Their website also lists quiet places to eat and stay (don’t get us started on noisy hotels). Have you ever left a restaurant because of acoustics. What are your thoughts or tips?