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Must Be A Poultrinarian

| Gold Coast, QLD, Australia | Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

(I overhear this in a buffet style restaurant in a popular theme park:)

Customer: “Is this vegetarian?”

(There is a sign clearly marking to dish as chicken.)

Waiter: “No, ma’am, it’s chicken.”

Customer: “I KNOW IT’S CHICKEN! I WANT TO KNOW IF IT IS VEGETARIAN! YOU ARE SO RUDE!” *moves on to next dish* “Is this vegetarian?”

Waiter: “No, ma’am, that’s chicken, too.”

Make Me One With Everything

| NY, USA | At The Checkout, Food & Drink

(I’m the weird customer in this one. I AM visiting a friend in New York and still pretty groggy from travel. We stop for lunch.)

Cashier: “What would you like on your hot dog? Sauerkraut? Cheese?”

(I am sleepy, but at this point I should clarify I’m from Chicago, where hot dogs are a bit different.)

Me: “Oh, everything.”

Cashier: *looking a little… concerned* “Uh, really?”

Me: *finally realizing what nacho cheese and pickled cabbage would taste like* “Oh, uh, no, guess that would be… silly.”

(At least the cashier was pretty amused. My friend still teases me.)

Doesn’t Meet Their Egg-spectations

| Long Island, NY, USA | Crazy Requests, Extra Stupid, Food & Drink

(A friend and I go boating one weekend with our wives and decide to stop at a diner for breakfast. My friend’s wife is looking over the menu and is having a hard time deciding what to get.)

Friend’s Wife: *to the waitress* “Can I make my own omelet? I mean, can I get one with whatever I want?”

Waitress: “Oh absolutely! Tell me what you want and we’ll make it up for you.”

Friend’s Wife: “Okay, great. I’ll have the Super, Premium, Deluxe omelet but take out the bacon, take out the sausage, take out the peppers, take out the onions, take out the mushrooms and take out the cheddar cheese. Put in some steak and American cheese.”

Waitress: *with an exasperated look* “So you want an omelet with steak and American cheese?”

Friend’s Wife: “Yes! Oh, and throw some ham in there, too.”

(A little bit later we get our food and my friend’s wife, immediately starts picking all the ham out and puts it to the side. She then just picks at the omelet but never eats any of it. The waitress stops by to check up on us.)

Waitress: “Is everything all right? Is there something wrong with the omelet?”

Friend’s Wife: “Oh, no. I just don’t like eggs.”

The Clean Bill Of The Health Club

| Scottsdale, AZ, USA | Crazy Requests, Food & Drink

(We make various frozen drinks made from primarily milk, ice, and fruit flavored syrup. We have real fruit available and some customers request we make them with that so they are healthier. Note: we are also located in a mall.)

Customer: “Can I get one of those frozen drinks?”

(I start making her drink and begin adding syrup.)

Customer: “Oh, no, can you make it like they do at the health club?”

Me: “Oh, I’m sorry. Did you want it made with real fruit?”

Customer: “No, I just want it made like they do in the health club.”

Me: “I’m sorry. I don’t know how they make drinks. I didn’t even know we had a health club in the mall.”

Customer: “No, it’s not in the mall. It’s the health club! Can’t you just make it like they do?”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am. I’ve never been to your health club and really don’t know how they make their drinks.”

(She leaves, looking dejected.)

Customer: “I just wanted it like they make them in the health club.”

Pin Down The Problem To Him

| ON, Canada | At The Checkout, Extra Stupid, Technology

(I work in a Chinese takeout, and our debit/credit machine has a few steps to it: verify total, tip screen, verify total, PIN, and THEN it begins to process the transaction. The steps are clearly labelled. In this particular transaction, I have entered the total manually and handed the machine to the customer, and he has apparently gone through the steps with relative ease until this happens while the machine is processing.)

Customer: “Hang on, what the hell is this? You said my total was [amount] but now it says [much higher amount]. What did it do?”

Me: *presses the ‘Cancel’ button as fast as possible*

Customer: “What’s wrong with your machine?”

Me: *glances at the ‘Cancelled’ print out, to verify what happened, very quickly folds it up and hands both copies to the customer* “These receipts just say that it didn’t go through, if you want to keep those.”

Customer: “I don’t want to keep those; why would I want to keep this?”

Me: “I really think you do, sir. It looks like you entered your PIN number in the tip screen.”

(The kicker? He would have had to enter his PIN twice to get the transaction to that point. I would have thought that would have been a warning sign. Then again, the fact that one of the steps clearly says ‘TIP’ should have been one too.)

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