Years ago I worked in a restaurant that served some very popular ribs and steaks.
Ribs and steaks were what this restaurant did best. Honestly, it should have never gone anywhere near fish, but it did, and it served it anyway. (Sorry about that.)
The number of customers who were disappointed in the fish? Quite high. But then again... you might want to stick to the steaks if you're going to a steakhouse.
Servers shared their experiences with us after Redditor qrvjhb asked the online community:
"Waiters and waitresses of Reddit, which dish gets the most complaints at your restaurant?"
"When I was living in Atlanta, the worst menu item was the shrimp and grits, a common and pretty straightforward Southern dish. Ours added crawfish tails and a weird Parmesan sauce. It sounded good but it just wasn’t."
"Whenever people ordered it I would try to talk them out of it haha. Then they would send it back! And they would always say, “You were right.” I know!!!"
In this case, the waiter is always right!
"They had it on the menu for years..."
"Shrimp ceviche tacos."
"They had it on the menu for years. People ordering it didn't know what ceviche was so they would always complain that the shrimp was cold. What's even worse is that the recipe for the ceviche mix sucked. So even the people who liked ceviche would send it back. Any edits suggested to menu items would fall on deaf ears."
I pray that the restaurant never had to heat up the ceviche.
"One major thing I learned..."
"Ex waiter/diner employee. One major thing I learned is there is no EXACT standard on styles of eggs. Once a day someone would send eggs back."
"Most commonly, sunny side up eggs would get complaints for being under cooked, over hard eggs would get complaints about being over cooked, and about half the time we sent eggs out poached, people complained about the yolk being runny."
There are few things as delicious as a perfectly poached egg. Sacrilege!
"I work at a bar..."
"I work at a bar, with wings and ribs, burgers and all that type of jazz. Our bar just came up with now serving sushi…so you can only imagine how many times that crap gets sent back."
That's on the customer for ordering sushi that sounds like a sports bar.
"When I worked in a restaurant it was always steaks. I get it but I always internally sighed when people ordered steak because there was a 50/50 chance the line wouldn’t cook it right and it would get sent back."
Did you work at Olive Garden, by any chance? This sounds familiar.
"We had a "bread and butter" for $13. Homemade bread, local honey, homemade jam, homemade butter. People would flip their shit when they saw it though. Tough sell."
For thirteen dollars I'd demand the whole loaf!
"I worked in a very inauthentic Mexican restaurant in a predominantly older white neighborhood. Often times we would get complaints that the tamales were tough, stringy, and difficult to eat only to find out that our guests were not removing the corn husks before eating."
"This was such an issue that we ended up removing the corn husks before serving altogether before the tamales were just sent straight to the shadow realm and dropped from the menu due to the lack of popularity."
That fact has to be specified. Just like one has to specify if a dish is very spicy hot, even though half of Mexican food is hot.
"Old people and their soup..."
"Old people and their soup needing to be cooked over the fires of Mount Doom. Literally took a soup back to the kitchen, watched the cook boil it, and it still wasn’t hot enough."
This description is hilarious and yes... when I worked in a restaurant I dealt with this problem.
"If they sit too long..."
"Certain tacos. If they sit too long, they can get soggy. Plus, sometimes the braised beef and the carnitas can be fatty and watery, it depends on who makes it."
Oh, man, the fat is the best part. These people are haters!
"Every bar or pub..."
"Every bar or pub I worked at always complained about the nachos. Either too few toppings or they forgot to add the extra meat."
You'd think nachos would be super easy to fix, no?
"For those that don't know..."
"Judging by how often I've been asked whether I really want to order it and whether I know what it is, I assume that in most french restaurants, it is Steak Tartare."
"For those that don't know: it is raw beef with raw egg yolk and some other stuff, and it is damn delicious. I really love it and I order it regularly when in France. But quite often when you order it in a more touristy place, the waiters really make sure that you know what you'll order."
You can take my tartare from my cold, dead hands. Those savages!
After reading these, it's safe to say that most people don't know what the hell they're ordering before they sit down. You'd think they'd do some research...
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God bless our essential workers. They are the spine of our society. Without some professions life as we know it would not exist.
Teachers, fire fighters, janitors, nurses... they save our lives everyday in big ways and small. So why are they underpaid, overworked and never appreciated properly? Hell, half the time society doesn't even give them the time of day for a hello.
We live in a world where models are milllionaires. And actors are hereos. It's time to pay so long overdue praise the more essential.
Redditor u/robinscott3 wanted to hear who we should be giving big shout outs to for their essential work, by asking:
What is one job that doesn't get the respect it deserves?
I don't know the mailman's name. I really should. It's been the same guy for a year. I should make him cookies. Who else are we overlooking?
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"Janitors. Teachers. Garbage workers. Restaurant cooks and servers."
"Being in beauty school where we had clients 3/5 days every week (the other 2 being class time) and when I worked as a carhop at Sonic. Soon after I have grown a much more sense of respect towards all customer service workers and the importance of tipping (live in the US)."
"Mail/Package delivery carriers. All we do is sit in the comfort of our homes complaining about how the online system says our package is running late. Meanwhile these men and women are out every day including rainstorms and snow to try to get your mail and packages to you as quick as possible. Some of those older cars don't even have AC on top of the of the fact they do not get paid enough for the work they do."
"Now I work as an account manager (customer service) at Discover Credit Card and it amazes me how crappy ppl can be towards someone who's job it is to service you and in my current job help you. To be honest when I get really sweet customers who rave the company, the agents and especially yourself it makes it all worth while knowing some ppl will appreciate u and make sure you know it."
Head above Water
"Sewer Workers. Imagine going through literal crap to deal with people's crap."
"I am the head water and wastewater operator for the city I live in. It really isn't as bad as you might think, most of the time. If you take your precautions, it really isn't a problem. As for why, I wouldn't say it is a great paying job for what it really entails."
"For instance, all the certification and government restrictions, that you have to deal with. You are basically a chemist who gets to work in the field. And it is by far one of the hardest tests I have had to take, and I have a college degree. I just fell into this position, and I really like what I do. I am essentially responsible for delivering clean drinking water to the home and removing the waste from it. The town folks health is in my hands, and I feel better knowing it is me running it instead of the lazier people I have seen in that role."
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"Any food-related job, from farmers to delivery drivers. You'd think that something involving a basic survival necessity would be lauded to Heaven and back, but nooooooooo."
Road crew staff. Without them we'd be stranded. That job is dangerous too. Working amongst drivers? That's death defying.
Clean Up Crew
"Janitors in my high school were honored guests at the assemblies, and they were routinely and publicly thanked. It made them visible to the students, and I think helped make a culture where they weren't taken for granted. It was one of the nicest things I can remember about high school."
"Caregiver. My mother works as a caregiver in a nursing home. She spends her days showering the elderly, changing their diapers, feeding them, and cleaning bodily fluids. Not only is it a physical job (you often have to lift people, carry heavy things) but it's also psychologically hard. She sees many people suffering, dying, often alone and abandoned by their families."
"Wildland firefighters. Specifically ones working for the federal government. Restricted to only having 4-6 days off a month. Paid horribly, 15$ an hr to expose yourself to extremely Smokey conditions with very poor hygiene conditions. High risk environment while working long hours multiplied by doing it for months causing cumulative fatigue. Fed worse than prisoners for the most part. It is a thankless job, no wonder there are retention issues."
Friends with Ben
"We as a society have a terrible habit of viewing these types of workers as dumb or incapable of getting "better" jobs, but in my experience this couldn't be further from the truth. I remember there was one member of the cleaning staff at my old workplace who was seriously one of the smartest guys I've ever met."
"He was really young too (probably not much older than 20), but if you spent five minutes talking to him it was apparent that this guy was next level brilliant. He could've done anything he wanted, but instead chose to work as a janitor while solving advanced math equations and hanging out with Ben Affleck."
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"Grocery store cashiers - especially during this pandemic."
"Know what I hate? That cashiers can't sit because it might "appear" that they are "lazy." FFS! No one needs to be on their feet 8 hours if they could sit! It takes a toll on the spine, knees and feet! Please write/call your stores manager and ask for seating."
I need to do better. We all do. So let's start today. Tip your waiters. Say hi to the janitors. HELP AND PAY YOUR TEACHERS!!
Thank you for your services to humanity!
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Valentine's Day is perhaps one of the busiest times for restaurants, with couples forgoing take-out to share their romantic evening together in public.
Many establishments are festooned with red balloons and heart-shaped decor and illuminated by plenty of candles to set the perfect mood.
With so much love in the air, what could go wrong?
Apparently, Cupid's aim is not always on target at restaurants on the popular holiday.
Redditor Sindagen asked:
"Hell Of A Show"
"Used to be a professional musician and the four piece band I was in got booked for a Valentines event in a local bar."
"Guitarist invited his girlfriend down so they could be together on the night."
"What he hadn't counted on was his wife getting the night off work and coming to the show too as a Valentines surprise."
"Everything was ok for the first set of the night. The problems began when both Gf and Wife met in the band room backstage. Most of the band escaped the obvious row that was coming and waited by the bar for the 2nd set."
"We all then watched as the wife stormed onstage and began trashing the Fender Telecaster , Stratocaster and all his pedals, leads, amp etc. No one had the courage to stop her . She was rightly pissed."
"Shortly after she left the stage, the gf had her turn, destroying whatever was left of his gear. Between both cheated women, they caused around £2k worth of damage to his set up."
"Needless to say we played the 2nd set as a three piece."
"But it was a hell of a show lol."
Ring With Dessert
"At the beginning of the evening, this man gave me a ring to bring with dessert."
"The couple began arguing before they even ordered and ended up screaming at each other in the restaurant. My manager made me ask the guy - as discreetly as I could - if he still wanted the ring with the dessert. It was that bad. I really didn't want to, but I asked. He then started to scream at me that OF COURSE he still wanted the ring. He was right after all, it wasn't my business at all. So I brought out the ring."
"She said 'Are you f*cking serious?' and left."
"Then the man screamed at me again when I wouldn't let him chase after her / leave without paying. In the end he just threw the money on the table - huge tip, but I think he just gave what he had - and left."
"He had made such a scene we had to give free desserts to the tables next to them to make up for it."
"After the service I told my manager I was never questioning a client's request again."
"Not a waiter, but there was a couple seated a few places away from us. They sat far enough away so that we couldn't hear the conversation, but it was obvious that they were arguing."
"Waiter did his spiel on the set tasting menu, handed out a wine list. Guy orders wine for both of them and she interrupts with 'I'm good I'll just have a water.'"
"They continued over a very uncomfortable meal, during which he kept asking stuff. She'd respond with increasingly annoyed no's."
"Waiter returns, notices that appetizers hadn't even been touched yet. Tops off her water and his wine, then asks if everything was tasting alright. He finishes with a 'I'll give you guys some more time to enjoy.'"
"She (now loud enough to be clearly understood) 'I can't keep doing this with you.'"
"Angrily forks into her appetizer and finishes. just in time for the entree to arrive. Arguing continues, and guy is looking increasingly nervous. Suddenly, he gets down on one knee."
"She 'oh God no.'"
"He takes her hand to put the ring on it I guess. She snatches her hand away like he's lava."
"He (still not reading the signals) 'will you do . . . '"
"She, bursts into tears."
"Entire restaurant audibly 'awww.'"
"She 'I can't believe you would even ASK after what you did. I told you I needed space. I don't even know if I CAN trust you anymore.'"
"After that, things were kind of a blur. I think she threw a couple of $20s on the table, then ran out. He stayed on the ground, still holding up the ring like he wasn't done proposing yet."
"Waiter returned with one of those sweet@ss lava cakes topped with a little 'she said yes' thing."
Asked To Leave
"Saw a couple have a full on argument at a restaurant. I wasn't their server but the table was directly in the center of the restaurant and they were certainly loud enough for everyone to hear. My manager kindly asked them to leave and the guys response was to yell 'I've been wanting to do that sh*t for 2 years now' and stormed out."
Stalker, Party Of One & The Divorce Papers
"Man comes in in a full suit, a bouquet of flowers, a large box of chocolate, and some expensive jewelry."
"He sits at a table and happily tells me he's waiting for his beloved, an hour passes by and the guy went from sweet and smiling to sweating and muttering angrily."
"He then gets up and walks over to a girl sitting with her family and starts yelling at her. He yelled how she betrayed him and how she'd treat her right and she had to be with witm him all the while the girl's male relatives were sheileding her from him."
"Police arrived and it turns out the guy had a restraining against him from the girl and he had been stalking and harassing her."
"What made it even creepier was that he was in his 40s while the girl was barely 20 years old."
"Another is when a man walked up to a woman and her date and just slammed a large and heavy envelope in front of her and walked away."
"The woman went from amorous octopus with her date to treating him as if he was the most disgusting man in the planet to running after the man. Woman was his wife and he had caught her with her side piece and he had served her the divorce papers along with the evidence of her infelidity. What made it worse was that the date had no money and we had to contact the woman to pay us."
The Greedy B
"Working restaurants for 14 years. I had a guy asked me to help him bring the ring and champagne after the dinner and I did that. Being a woman and wanting to witness the romance, I hid around the corner so I could kind of peek at them."
"They were lovey-dovey all through dinner everything seemed good and I fully expected yes. The woman did not react well at all. She told him no and that she was planning on breaking up with him. She added the only reason she was on this date with him is because he said he bought her something special for Valentine's Day. She thought he was going to buy her the car she asked him for, and she was going to dump him next week. Then she said since you didn't get the car, she's dumping him now and she left!"
"The guy was absolutely devastated! I felt so bad for him. I will remember her for the rest of my life because how could I not! What a greedy b****"
Topped With Dessert
"We had a classic of a couple coming in all dressed up and out for their romantic dinner, but as the meal went on they gradually got more and more tense and their muttered argument slowly became very loud. Walking back over to refill drinks or take plates seemed to make it even worse, but I couldn't just leave their (very small) table covered in stuff. By dessert they were basically waging war on each other, and the evening ended with the guy getting a bowl of chocolate cake and ice cream emptied over his head."
"I still have no idea what they were arguing about, but the poor guy just sort of shoved a loads of notes on the table and ran out of there after his partner."
Fired On A Date
"I was a waiter at The Pasta House and another server was pregnant and trying to cover as many shifts as possible before she had the baby so she asked if she could work Valentine's Day for me and I said sure. Dinner reservations fell through for my date and I so we decided to see if I could get a table at the restaurant where I worked. I walk in the door and they are very busy and my manager said, 'Thank god you got my message. So and so went into labor and we need you to take tables...' I told them I was on a date and they said it was my responsibility, so I got fired on the date and we just went to a bar and grill."
Trips To The Bathroom
"Woman was 8 months pregnant. Guy brings her in for Valentine's and has the mariachi band sing their love song."
"He pulls out the expected ring and she says yes. Things looked perfect... Only spicy Mexican food is perhaps not the best choice when 8 months pregnant."
"She hurriedly shuffled to the restroom 5 times. The 5th... She didnt make it."
"Its a very small community so I met them years later at a wedding party. I walked up and introduced myself. I mentioned I had met them before years ago. 'In fact I was there years ago when y'all got engaged. The emotions were just... Flowing that night?' The husband laughed the wife covered her face in shame and I was invited to their DnD group."
Table For One
"With my girlfriend in a restaurant, we saw a young man alone at a table. A bunch of flowers and box of chocolates sorta-hidden behind his chair."
"He had so obviously been stood up by his Valentine's Day date..."
Having It Your Way
"I had a friend he used to work the drive through at Burger King and he told me overheard this conversation on Valentine's day while taking a car's order."
"Girl: Get me a #3..."
"Guy: It's Valentine's Day baby, you can super size it!"
"Had a brief stint as a waiter in high school."
"This one couple look very sweet and loving, no apparent problems. The girl got down on her knee and asked him to marry her."
"He started laughing hysterically and explained to her that proposing is a man's job, not a woman's."
"She was furious. She started screaming about how sexist that was, then got her stuff and stormed out. He looked completely bewildered."
"I was working in a very quiet bar a couple of years ago, there was one couple sat in a corner booth having a screaming argument. Very very awkward."