Restaurants, ask before intruding
You still missed the main point (“They Have a File on You,” April 23): If restaurants want to keep information on us (some of it derogatory) or at least our eccentric habits, they should ask for our permission first. Otherwise, I object to intrusive aspects of the practice you so eloquently supported.
I bought a new Mercedes; about a year later I received a birthday card from the salesperson. It was an unwelcome intrusion, but I let it slide. My Japanese restaurant knows I hate eel and replaces it with tuna when I order sushi.
But, with my last name, the restaurants may have a problem: I tend to use whatever simpler name comes to mind. This, after a young hostess, 35 years ago, did not call us when our turn came up because she was too timid to mispronounce my name.