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Waiters/Waitresses/Baristas Share Their Unexpected Overheards

Waiters, waitresses, and baristas are sharing their unexpected overheards that they've experienced while working on the job. Nothing quite like just trying to muddle through your work day, while you're also playing third party to what could be the ending of a relationship, or some other kind of emotional blowup between a couple people eating a meal. 

Waiters and waitresses describe overheards they had while working, that they felt they shouldn't have heard | reddit posted by jacobr1020 eating at restaurant one day and boyfriend proposed his girlfriend very sweet, not attention-seeking at all, and seemed very genuine. She started crying and said yes. He grinned and said April Fool She PISSED!
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Petty Nagging Between Coworkers Evolves Into Friendship

If you get a job in the service industry it's not totally out of the question that you might encounter some testy characters that are determined to make everyone else's lives a bit more miserable and uncomfortable, simply because they absolutely despise their own jobs. You can develop quite the thick skin, and spicy banter to boot, if you work long enough in the industry. You learn how to let the infuriating interactions with entitled customers not totally get to you, while you juggle various rare insults from your fellow coworkers. It can be quite the scene. It sounds like these dudes were eventually able to squash their beef and some kind of friendship developed as a result. 

Some petty nagging between coworkers ends up evolving into a genuine friendship.
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Restaurant Messes Up Woman's Meal Twice, She Sends It Back, Gets Guilt Tripped

From the get-go it sounds like this woman was committed to being a mindful and reasonable customer. The restaurant failed to serve her meal as she asked for it twice. Even with that going on, she exercised patience and understanding. After all of that though, her friends then have the audacity to send her on a guilt trip over the fact that she didn't eat the meal that had meat in it. On top of that, they give her a hard time over the 20% tip that she left. 

A restaurant messes up a woman's meal twice, so she sends it back both times, then her friends guilt trip her.
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Restaurant Owner Has Special Wing Sauce Just For The Complainers

There's always gonna be someone who says a thing isn't spicy enough. So why not give them an opportunity to fly too close to the sun and get burned? Some customers will stand by their bad decisions, like this customer who demanded an extra hot tea and actually accepted it. But sometimes customers are so rude with their demands that they get the royal treatment like this rude gentleman who demanded no ice and got less than that.

funny story of special wing sauce for people who want hotter sauce
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Entitled Customer Demands Salt-Free Burger, Gets What He Asked For

Some customers love to take their bad attitudes due to whatever's going on in their lives, and then just stink up an otherwise peaceful establishment with all that negative energy. It sounds like this dude was nothing but trouble from the moment he walked in. Naturally, when he gets exactly what he wanted after pitching a nice rude temper tantrum, he gets even angrier. For another malicious compliance story, check out this rude customer who got his rightful comeuppance at an auto-salvage yard

A malicious compliance story about an entitled customer who demanded salt-free burger.
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Server Says Restaurant With Full Bar Doesn't Have Cocktails, Customer Finds Workaround

This person's whole point about how making sure that you keep your expectations low can end up helping you not be disappointed as often is really right on the mark. The thing about this particular restaurant though is that they somehow outdid themselves when it came to offering lousy service. Like, how do you have a fully stocked bar, yet also not offer cocktails? Seems like a business opportunity is being a little missed out on. 

A server says that their restaurant with a fully stocked bar doesn't have cocktails, so the customer finds a clever workaround.
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Absurd Times Restaurants Served Food In Absolutely Anything

A while ago restaurants decided that they serve "an experience" rather than just food, and that high concept really got into some people's heads. Now customers get to eat chips served on fishing hooks and croissants served on top of old VHS tapes. There's no end to all the food served on anything but dishes. For more interplay between the world of food and the world of not food, here are things that look scrumptious but aren't food.

food served in strange objects and ridiculous ways
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Pro Chefs Reveal Their Favorite Ingredients

Many of us enjoy the art of trying to prepare a beautiful, tasty meal at home. It's certainly one of those things that's easier said then done. Sometimes, right when you're in the thick of preparing what you think is the immaculate meal to end all meals, you only come to realize that you forgot that one essential ingredient that would've leveled up the whole dish. Well, we live and we learn, and we can learn a whole lot from these pro chefs about what their favorite ingredients are. 

A collection of responses from pro chefs that reveal their favorite ingredients to cook with.
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Bar Owner Handles Lying Customer's Review With Facts

This customer decided to channel their inner aggression and outrage at the bar, after she was rejected from having more drinks. Apparently, she was showing signs of drunkenness, and the bar decided it was time for them to stop serving her. By the sound of it, this news was unwelcome and simply not accepted. 

So, the customer proceeded to make a proper stink about it. She went so far as to leave a dishonest review. Fortunately, the bar owner was ready to address the dishonest review with the footage-backed facts that they had on hand. 

Bar owner addresses an angry and lying customer's review with facts | Pensacola, Florida Never again went Token based on friend's recommendation because love arcade games. Wow were so disappointed employees were beyond rude service horrible. Everything behind bar looked so dirty glasses looked like they had not been cleaned weeks. My husband attempted play several machines, but they were broken. No one who worked there seemed care at all. Is there job act
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Family Complains About Pizza Sauce, Get Served Humble Pie

If you have a family member go out of their way to prepare a nice homemade meal like pizza for you, it's probably in your best interest to work real hard at not staging a whole meltdown over something like there "being too much sauce." It sounds like the chef in this scenario had hit their breaking point, and thus decided to stage their own saucy petty revenge. Check out more people's finest moments of revenge over here

Family pitches a whole fit about the pizza being too saucy, and then they get served a humbling lesson.
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Customer Doesn't Tip Waitress Because Waitress Won The Lottery

It's pretty simple: if you can't afford to tip, don't eat out at restaurants. Anyone who has worked a gig in the service industry has likely become well acquainted with the grim reality that you really get by on tips. If you have to deal with entitled and inconsiderate customers just not tipping altogether, your life can very quickly become a waking nightmare. Naturally, the folks in the comments section for this AITA prompt were in collective agreement that the customer was very much so in the wrong. 

Customer decides to not tip their waitress because they learned their waitress won the lottery.
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Tyrant Manager Fires Employees Over Hair, Whole Staff Quits

It's a mystery how so many angry and unreasonable people hold positions of power, but nevertheless we get moments like this monstrous manager who snapped on an employee. Hierarchies break down when power is wielded unjustly, and it's interesting to learn about an entire staff just saying "screw this, I'm out." If only manager/employee relationships could be more cartoonish, like this fed up manager's many notes for their troublemaking employee.

restaurant manager fires employees for hair so the whole staff walks out
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Disrespectful Customer Gets Toasted By Owner's Response

Goes to show, if you have a problem at a restaurant, it's pretty likely that if you just respectfully tell them what's wrong with your food they might have a chance to fix it. Stewing in your own hatred is just ensuring that everyone has a bad time. But people would rather make a scene and leave a bad review, like this lying Karen who got decimated by an owner's response.

angry customer gets scolded by owner of restaurant after leaving bad review
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Um, you know you've hit a new high or low in life when you're on a show like Kitchen Nightmares, and you've somehow managed to stun the Gordon Ramsay. Talk about a surreal dining experience. 

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Rude Customers Get Called Out For Being Entitled And Impatient

It's stories like these that might inspire other folks out there to take action and intervene when they see someone else wrongfully giving a hard working employee a hard time over something that they simply have no control over in the first place. There's enough irrational entitlement in this world to make you feel sick to your stomach. So, when you get someone who steps up like this woman, it can temporarily restore your faith in humanity. 

Rude customers get called out for being rude to a hard working employee.
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Boss Orders Endless Task, Ends Up Stuck With It

Sometimes managers don't fully think through the things they ask their employees to do, resulting in modern-day Sisyphean labors. And anyone who has had a "make-work" kind of boss can attest to the diminishing returns of their demands. Anyone ever spend a day pulling staples out of rotten wood that all ended up going in the same garbage anyway? Fickle managers and customers can end up asking us to serve up contradictions, like this customer who asked for garlic-free garlic bread

boss orders endless sweeping of tree seeds, ends up sweeping himself
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