Restaurant Workers Are Opening Up About The Worst Things They’ve Seen Done To A Customer’s Food

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The best thing about going to a restaurant is that you don’t have to deal with making your own food, and unless you’re an excellent chef yourself, you’re probably going to get something that’s a lot tastier than whatever you’d whip up at home.

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But on the flip side, you never know for sure what’s happening with your food before it reaches your table.

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It’s long been common sense not to be a jerk to your server, not only because that makes you a bad person, but because your soup could very well end up with a side of retaliation spit if you are. 

But how accurate is that fear? And do even patrons who aren’t being rude need to be concerned about kitchen pranks contaminating their meal? 

Restaurant workers of Reddit are setting the record straight by sharing some of the worst things they’ve done or seen done to a customer’s order. But will it calm your fears, or make you swear off eating out for good? There’s only one way to find out!

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I saw a waiter pour an orange juice, take a big swig with his lips on the rim, top it up then take it to the table.



The worst thing i did was to this one guy that I already didn’t like and he was being kind of an asshole, I overcooked his eggs.

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I know a guy that pissed in a bucket of pickles. He would have never been caught if he didn’t talk about it.



Wanted extra mayo so I maliciously complied by drenching it. Lady thought I would forget her fake $10 prayer tip the last time she was there.

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The most memorable was once when a customer made a waitress cry complaining about their food and sent it back. The chef farted on the remake. It got a lot of laughs.

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This isn’t really bad, but a lot of the times when people send food back and there’s clearly nothing wrong with it, the chefs will just rearrange the food on the plate, wait a minute or two and then send it out to the table. The funniest part is when the customer says that it’s better.



I had a buddy at mcdonalds, a real chaotic type, who every once and a while would say “oh hey, guess what time it is… PICKLE SURPRISE!” and put a whole handful of pickles on a random cheeseburger.

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In college, I worked for a well-known pizza place. One of our wait staff came to collect a pepperoni pizza, and nabbed a piece of pepperoni off the top before taking it out. He gets to the table, and everyone is staring at him in stunned silence. There’s a very fine string of cheese going from the pizza to his mouth.

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I never messed with anyone’s food because that is assault. What I used to do to snotty Karen types is give them a senior discount and announce to the table when I dropped the check that I remembered to add the senior discount.



Never seen anybody intentionally mess with a guest’s food, but at benihana, i have seen numerous different cooks go and down a couple of shots of whiskey and then ride the lightning before walking out to cook in front of an entire family.

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Was prepping the chicken breasts for our burgers and dropped a tray of 50 and they slid right under the grill, easily the dirtiest place in the whole restaurant. My boss saw and had me pick them all up rinse them with water and reseason then and stick them back in the fridge…

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At my last restaurant job, my coworker would make very ugly sundaes for customers who were rude. For particularly nice customers, she would painstakingly recreate the sundaes in the menu pictures and give them extra cream and sprinkles.



I can fairly say that when I worked at Starbucks, I one time ruined a latte that a customer insisted on being steamed to 200 degrees. (Milk tends to burn and explode after about 180). So I held up a cloth to protect myself from the liquid napalm, and scorched the f—k outta that drink. Enjoy your cajun-style latte.

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Pour the whole tray of drinks over a guest – twice. International trade fair with students as waiters. First time was an accident, second time she was so nervous she was practically shaking and spilled the drinks again on the same guy.

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Worked at McDonalds for a long time. Never seen anyone intentionally spit in anyone’s food or anything like that but it’s definitely safe to say we’ve all eaten some burgers made without gloves or with contaminated gloves (put on gloves-go on phone-make sandwiches).



The best one I remember was a girl we knew ordered a burger with no onions. He took her burger patty, carefully carved it out so it became a burger ring, put that on the bun, and filled the entire center with onions. It was maybe 10% burger, 90% onion, but it looked totally normal from the outside. He never would have done it to a stranger, but friends were fair game.

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The person who bought food had been rude to staff on multiple occasions. The person serving went to get their food, popped round the corner in a noticeable way, then returned having done nothing. He gave the food to him with a huge grin on his face and said “enjoy”. He then watched the person throw it in the bin when he went outside.