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    Twice The Time And Half The Service

    | Knoxville, TN, USA | Employees, Food & Drink, Ignoring/Inattentive, Lazy/Unhelpful

    (My brother and I are grabbing a bite to eat at a sit-down restaurant after watching a movie. I’m walking toward the table after washing my hands to see the server explaining the specials to him. After I sit down she goes through the spiel on the specials again. at which point she takes my brother’s drink order and walks away. He has a rather disturbed look on his face.)

    Brother: “So, she said hello and went straight into the spiel on her specials before I could say hi back, then apologized for it being a long day. She didn’t check my ID. And I know I’ve seen her somewhere before, but I can’t remember where, except she didn’t seem all there…”

    (She comes back later and remembers to get my order after giving my brother his water, but not beer… at which point I ordered my drinks.)

    Me: “I’ll have a water and some Gekkeikan sake. Hot, please.”

    Server: “Um… you’d like water and what?”

    Me: *I point to the menu* “Gekkeikan sake, and please make it hot.”

    Server: “I’m sorry. Which one?”

    Me: *still pointing* “This sake, here, and I would like it hot, please.”

    Server: “Oh. Ok, I’ll get that and your water. ” *looks at my brother* “And your beer.” *starts to walk away*

    Me: “Wait a minute, here’s my ID.”

    Server: *looking confused* “Oh, okay.” *looks for maybe two seconds* “All right!” *leaves*

    Me: “She never did check your ID. If we were undercover cops, this would have already ended badly.”

    (She then brings our water, only to apologize that they were out of sake. I ask her for another drink menu… which takes two trips. Once for my brother to get his beer, and another to get the drink menu. Before I can order a replacement, she starts looking like she’s about to hyperventilate. Being a former server myself I try to offer some advice.)

    Me: “All right, let’s take a moment. I want you to inhale slowly through your nose, counting to seven. Then exhale through your mouth while slowly counting to 10. Doesn’t even take 30 seconds and you’ll feel much better.”

    Server: “Oh, yeah. ‘Omm,’ right? I tell you, it’s been such a long day.”

    Me: “Yeah, that can happen! How long have you worked here?”

    Server: “Oh, two weeks, but I also work at [Supermarket], in their deli department…”

    (Eventually she takes care of the rest of our order and leaves. My brother suddenly gets a fit of hysterical laughter.)

    Brother: “I know why I know her! Earlier this week, when I was at the grocery store, she was the lady at the deli who took my order. I told her I wanted one pound of turkey. She sliced a sample to make sure it was to my liking, and then she asked, ‘half-pound, correct?’ I said, ‘No, one pound.’ At that point she proceeded to continue slicing, until she weighed out the turkey at 0.58 lbs. I almost spoke up, but then she went ahead and bagged up the turkey and handed it to me, wishing me a good day. When I first saw her tonight, I couldn’t remember where I had seen her, but I knew it wasn’t good.”

    (For the rest of the dinner we kept needing to hold in our smirking anytime she walked by… which wasn’t often, and she would usually just ask how our food was but not stay around long enough for us to reply. We left her a good tip because we didn’t want to be mean, but still… my poor brother!)

    Blazing A Trail For Alternative Lunch

    | CA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Food & Drink

    (It’s getting close to lunch time in the office that I’m working at and our manager is trying to decide where he should go to eat. I have become known for always having a bag of trail mix that I snack on while I’m working.)

    Manager: *after hearing a suggestion from a coworker* “Hmm, maybe. I’m not sure what I’d want from there though.”

    Me: “Well, maybe you could—”

    Manager: “Not you. Never you. All you do is walk outside and hold your arms out so the little critters can bring you nuts and berries!”

    The New White-Bread America

    | Cincinnati, OH, USA | Coworkers, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

    (I like to bake and I often make home-made bread. I like to make a loaf or two on the weekends and then I have bread for toast all week. I’ve done it for years. But at one office where I worked, I’d come in early and eat my toast in the employee lunch room and one coworker would force me into this conversation almost daily.)

    Coworker: “Where did you get that bread?”

    Me: “I made it.”

    Coworker: “Oh, do you have a bread machine?”

    Me: “Nope, made it without one.”

    Coworker: “That’s not possible. You HAVE TO have a bread machine to make bread.”

    Me: “How do you think your grandmother made bread before they invented bread machines?”

    Coworker: *deer in headlights look*

    (This went on over and over because she simply refused to believe it was possible for someone to make bread without using a bread machine.)

    Don’t Want To Cause A Latte Trouble

    | MA, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Food & Drink

    (I am the customer in this situation. My husband orders us each a caramel iced latte. He comes back to the car from the store. He has got his order right and mine is wrong. It was a small, hot coffee that wasn’t marked ‘caramel.’ I thought maybe they had given him someone else’s order by mistake and he was too nice to fix it, so I go back in with the drink and the receipt, that says two iced caramel lattes.)

    Me: “Hi, I’m sorry, but I think my husband got the wrong order? I just wanted to make sure I didn’t get someone else’s coffee.”

    Employee #1: “Uh… [Employee #2], what do I do?”

    Employee #2: “Make her the right drink this time! Jesus, [Employee #1], that’s the third time today. At least this one is nicer than the last guy.”

    Me: “I’m sorry. I didn’t want to cause trouble. Really.”

    (My new drink is made in record time, and I’m not charged extra for it.)

    Employee #1: “It’s okay. I’ve been here a month and I should know what I’m doing, but I’m still new and I still mess up. I just don’t want to get fired. Thank you for the tip. Seriously. Have a nice day, and I’m sorry I messed up your drink.”

    (All the change I brought into the store with me in case I had to purchase my drink again was put in the tip jar that the employees share, and both the employees thanked me profusely. Seriously, coffee shop workers need to be cut some slack!)

    She’s A Smart Cookie

    | Bloomington, IN, USA | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, Food & Drink

    (I’m working at a cookie shop with my coworker who is quite tall and shapely. Guys frequently flirt with her, which is what’s currently going on.)

    Coworker: “So are you interested in buying any cookies today?”

    Guy #1: “Nah, we don’t really eat cookies.”

    Coworker: “You could buy me a cookie!”

    Guy #2: “Hey, sure!”

    (The guys bought her a cookie, and she checked them out. After a little more flirting they went to leave. Turning to me, she counted down on her fingers. As soon as they were out of sight she put the cookie back in the case.)


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