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    (Topher says) Rocco's Was a Sinking Ship

    'ROCCO'S WAS A SINKING SHIP'

    By MICHAEL STARR

    August 12, 2003 -- TOPHER Goodman, the weeping waiter who walked out on Rocco Dispirito during Sunday's episode of "The Restaurant," says he was right to quit.

    "As soon as I first got [to Rocco's], I saw I was standing on what was a deeply sinking ship," Goodman told The Post yesterday.

    "No one was paying attention, no one was showing they had compassion for the staff, so why should I care?" he said.

    Topher is back waiting tables again at the restaurant at which he'd worked before getting a job at Rocco's - East of Eighth, at 23rd Street and 8th Avenue.

    And he has no regrets even now that the show is a hit - and he became a major character. "It could have been one of those 'You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone' scenarios - but it was smart to move on," he said.

    "I quit on a Monday night and the cameras were there until [the following] Saturday," said Goodman.

    "I could've stuck it out to gain camera time and further myself in the business, but . . . once I hit that moment of truth inside myself, I'm done."

    Much of Sunday's episode dealt with Goodman's vocal criticism of Dispirito's management style as things got chaotic at Rocco's, the downtown setting for "The Restaurant."

    Things got especially bad when Dispirito convinced ex-bartender Lola to come back as beverage manager - and then gave her his red Vespa motorcycle to lure her back.

    That was the final straw for Goodman, who promptly and tearfully quit - despite Dispirito's best efforts to persuade him otherwise.

    "I was kind of burned out," Goodman says "Under no circumstances was I going to stay at a place that was unhealthy for me.

    "To me, my own personal happiness was more important - show or no show," Goodman says.

    Well, maybe. While Goodman is back at East of Eighth, the trappings of (fleeting) fame have whet his appetite for more.

    "I'm trying to parlay what happened to me on TV into something else," he says. "I loved the experience of just being myself on camera, and I would honestly love more of an opportunity to share more of myself on TV."

    And Goodman says he bears no hard feelings toward Dispirito.

    "I hope the editing of the show doesn't make him seem resentful of me," he says. "I certainly had a great experience and I hope we both walked away having gained something.

    "I don't know what happened after I walked out the door, but I think Rocco learned from losing his favorite waiter."
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    Thanks for posting this, John!!

    I think Topher made the right decision. It was pretty obvious that he was unhappy. I have been in his situation before...not as a waiter, but just in general. Once you realize you are unhappy, and take action to remove what is making you unhappy, you feel 100 times better. I know I did.

    I see only good things in Topher's future.
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    As I have said before, I really liked Topher.

    I know he has come in for criticism here, but I think he showed (or the editing showed) time and again that he did take his job very seriously and was very good at it.

    There was just something about him that struck a chord with me and I found him enjoyable to watch.

    I wish him the best in whatever he does.
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    Topher was the best server at Rocco's. He should have been offered the SUV he wanted to come back. I think he was worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by breathless4975
    Topher was the best server at Rocco's. He should have been offered the SUV he wanted to come back. I think he was worth it.
    I completely agree with you Breathless. Topher was the best server that Rocco had and I was just dumbfounded as to why Rocco did not put the same effort in getting Topher back as he did with Lola. I think Topher did the right thing and I wish him well in what ever comes his way.

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    Had Topher been offered an SUV do you think it really would have made him happy working at Rocco's? Probably not, because nothing changed. Plus he'd have to worry about finding parking for the vehicle anyway, which would have been more frustrating!!!

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    Some people quit out of frustration, and if it's clear enough that change will be made, they're happy. Some people simply hate where they work, and no amount of change will fix it. I think Lola was in the first group, and Topher was in the second group, and I respect both of those decisions.

    I wish, however, that Lola had kept her mouth shut a little bit about the salaried position and the Vespa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John
    Some people quit out of frustration, and if it's clear enough that change will be made, they're happy. Some people simply hate where they work, and no amount of change will fix it. I think Lola was in the first group, and Topher was in the second group, and I respect both of those decisions.

    I wish, however, that Lola had kept her mouth shut a little bit about the salaried position and the Vespa.
    Maybe Topher would have felt a little more wanted and appreciated if Rocco had made him an offer like he did Lola. After all, he didn't quit until he found out about the Vespa. Yes, Lola should have kept her big mouth shut instead of rubbing it in to everybody.
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