There is something a little off about Alan Richman's review of the New York City restaurant M. Wells in GQ. He describes three visits to the restaurant. The first two were uneventful. The third was unhappy for all concerned. Richman and his party felt ignored by the waitstaff, and the waitstaff ... well, read his article to find out how at least one of them felt.
The reason I say there's something a little off about his piece is, I can't imagine any restaurant letting a confrontation with anyone, especially a critic, get this far out of hand. I'm not saying Richman is lying. I just note that this article only gives us his side of the story. Egregious misconduct and outrageously wrong behavior are almost never as egregious and outrageous as they first seem, and in matters involving more than one person, there is more than one perspective.
But if Richman's account is accurate and complete, one of M. Wells' waitstaff has a lot of explaining to do -- and should look not just for a new job, but a new line of work altogether. One that doesn't involve serving the public, or require personal integrity.
(Thanks to LongReads for the link.)