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Cutting Wait Times for Restaurants with Google

Posted November 18, 2017 12:00 AM by M-ReeD
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The geniuses at Google are doing life-saving work.

Hear me out.

Thanks to them, those of us impatiently loitering around the hostess stands at our favorite restaurants — desperately hoping that those seated will quickly shovel through their meals so that we can be seated — will no longer have to wait in line. Something, in select circles, that is tantamount to torture; a brand of torture that begins with complaining and, if the wait is long enough, ends with fist-shaking threats of violence.

Or, so I’m told….

Using an algorithm, Google collects information from its millions of users through the location-tracking feature enabled on their phones. The very same technology that helps customize searches and map functions on a users’ phone is used here to determine if the particular establishment will have a wait time based on the number of people frequenting the restaurant while location-tracking is enabled.

Available soon on Google search and eventually on Google maps, the feature works when a user types a restaurant name in the Google search bar. By opening up the restaurant’s business listing and locating “Popular Times,” the user can reveal the wait times for that restaurant. The feature also lets the user view wait times in advance throughout the day.

Although similar features exist elsewhere, Google believes that the real-time data will deliver more accurate wait times for the customer.

And while at first blush the feature might seem to address a very first-world problem, it does have a practical use for people on fixed lunch breaks.

Not to mention, its applications in preventing violence, saving marriages/relationships, and making the world an all-around happier place.

Will you use this feature or are you capable of waiting like a functional, well-balanced person?

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11/18/2017 8:44 AM

There are very few restaurants where the meal is worth waiting for....in such a case the pain of the wait is worth the reward, but for an average meal in an average restaurant, I refuse to wait more than a few minutes...For a lot of people their time is their own and have no schedule that must be kept to the minute, this allows dining at times when the wait is minimal, one of the rewards of getting old and retiring.....also allows superior meals to be prepared at home....Getting your meals to go and re-preparing them at home is also a good strategy that cuts wait time....Sometimes it works out well if the restaurant has a bar that you can wait at, this way about the time you start getting a good buzz on, you can eat and this is very satisfying....also tends to lower the bar on food and service requirements that you would have otherwise....haha

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11/18/2017 9:38 AM

Or you can call ahead for reservations...

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11/18/2017 10:40 AM

I believe this waiting problem is only for restaurants that take no reservations....If you have a reservation and still a long wait time, then I would find another restaurant, because that restaurant doesn't understand the purpose of a reservation....

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11/21/2017 1:39 PM

novel concept....how did that fall out of fashion, with the advent of McDonald's?

You could be a Red-Neck if a night out on the town is late hour shopping at Wal-Mart.

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11/18/2017 2:19 PM

We've come a long way toward being helpless babies who want to be fed "right now!"

Maybe, if you are in unfamiliar territory on a business trip, or traveling on a schedule, but really if you're looking for fast food, go to one of the thousands of drive-"troughs" and grab a burger.

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11/18/2017 5:09 PM

Feed Me!

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11/21/2017 1:59 PM

That is scary, I don't care who you are!

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11/21/2017 1:58 PM

There is this thing called Chik-Fil-A, a much classier version of drive thru.

They only sell chicken in their entrees. The salads are fantastic IMHO.

I really also like their bean and shredded chicken soup with blue and yellow corn tortilla strips. Tortilla soup they call it. Good for what ails you. Spiciness is a 5 of 7.

The service level may vary from time to time and location to location, as with any fast food.

The local United Supermarkets have it now where you can order your groceries ahead of time, and the cart is loaded for your pick-up. Or they can deliver also, I think. $$$

Cooke at home:

  1. Plan the meal, and scope out the ingredients in recipes against your inventory. $0, 30 minutes
  2. Prepare shopping list, $0, 30 minutes.
  3. Travel to local big grocery store to be sure all ingredients are available, $1.25?, 15 minutes.
  4. Acquire the items on the list, and any spur of moment treats like dark chocolate or ice cream or pie and cool whip that you forgot to add to list. $225+, 45 minutes, +15 minutes telling Civil War History to a total stranger.
  5. Cook, 1 hour to 2 hours, depending on complexity, scope, and range of entree' and side dishes, along with complicated sauces you may attempt, $2.50 (gas), $0 (wood already set aside), 2 hours, including the first three beers.
  6. Set up servings for all who will be in attendance and dining. Or serve buffet style or family style, $0, 20 minutes.
  7. Dine after prayer. Prayer is key! $0, 45-60 minutes, including dessert, longer if coffee is served with dessert, add another hour if wine is served before dinner.
  8. Pass out the anti-acid treatments. At least one family member is suffering from insufficient stomach acid that presents as heartburn, this come from too much fat in the food, not spice. Pumpkin pie and cool whip does me after about 2/3 of a pie. Fortunately, that is almost the point I pass into a diabetic coma. $5, 30 minutes, depending on relief.
  9. Wine or beer service during the mandatory professional or at least collegiate football game. $50-$200, up to 4 hours.

Total elapsed time: 12+ hours of bliss?

Total upper cost factor: $433.75

OR you could pick up some iceberg lettuce, a couple bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, French salad dressing, and a chicken from the hot case at Wal-Mart, and a 30 pack of Bud-Light and git-'er done!

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11/22/2017 4:17 AM

Most of the large stores over here have 'click & collect' where you order on-line then pick up from the store or have it delivered. There are perils though, 'we didn't have the mango you ordered so have substituted it for potatos'. Sometimes it seems like they panic & grab the nearest item on the shelf. I was put off of the delivery option after seeing one of their trucks stopped on a country lane. The driver was running back to pick up all of the trays that had fallen out when the door came open.

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11/22/2017 9:23 AM

Lovely....getting your food goods uncontaminated with possum poo (or hedgehog, depending on location), and on time...priceless.

Potato instead of mango? WTF, reverse rhyming?

Click-clack. Universal warning sound that something is amiss.

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11/19/2017 11:42 AM

What's this thing you call a 'lunch break'?

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11/20/2017 12:40 AM

According to Google, your picture of a cat should be shown having, " Tea " . Not a reference to, " Lunch break ".

According to Google, " Tea ", can be a time, or a break after breakfast ( breakie ) .

According to Google, the English word for lunch break, is Dinnie or Dinner. This would be a mid day meal.

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In all of my 60 odd years as a UK citizen I have never heard the word Dinnie.

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Nigh:

In the Google submission, it says that the word " Dinnie " is used by " certain " groups.

It does not specify what are or who the members of the " certain " are.

Apparently, you may not be a member of this or one of these groups.

I've noticed that when gathering information, on a particular group ( such as English - Britain - Australian - New Zealander ) Google will often contract upon and cite information from selected groups.

If this is good or bad, I really can't be " certain " :)

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11/21/2017 2:01 PM

Funny! We used to call our lunch break "dinner" back on the farm. Dinner was then called "supper".

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11/20/2017 10:26 PM

I make my own lunch every day, and it is arguably better than most anything I can buy off a lunch menu or get at a large business on-site cafeteria. Cheaper too and tastes just the way I like it.

I see the appeal (for people who don't have a kitchen and to help drive the economy), but it isn't rocket science. I am not talking about sandwiches here, I am talking smaller versions of main meals one would normally have at night or at a restaurant.

Over the years I have managed to convert a number of fellow co-workers into making their own meals for lunch through a combination of sitting in the middle of the lunchroom with large, fantastic looking and smelling feasts on a daily basis sprinkled with cooking tips for those with limited time to prepare (ie- everyone).

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11/23/2017 4:33 AM

Call me a cynic if you like, but I suspect its just a way of taking money from underpaid restaurant staff and stuffing it into Google's already overflowing pockets.
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11/25/2017 8:11 PM

I've heard "din-din", but that was for dogs.

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