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    Too Hot, Too Cold, Therein Lies The Rib

    | NY, USA | Crazy Requests, Food & Drink

    (A woman orders a rack of ribs. The menu clearly states that it is a FULL rack. When they are ready, I immediately bring them to her table.)

    Customer: “Oh, my God, this is too much! Why didn’t you tell me this was so big? Can you bring these back and ask the chef to cut them in half and put half of them in a box?”

    Me: “Oh, sure. I’ll be right back.”

    (I go to the kitchen and tell the chef the customer’s request.)

    Chef: “Doesn’t she know what a FULL RACK of ribs is?”

    Me: “Apparently not.”

    (He is annoyed, but cuts the rack in half, and boxes half. I bring the box and the remaining ribs back out to the customer.)

    Customer: “Um, miss! These are cold! Why are you serving me cold food?”

    Me: “Well, I’m very sorry; they must have cooled down while I was bringing them back and having him cut them for you. I would be happy to—”

    Customer: “Go tell him to heat them up in a microwave! I’m not eating cold food!”

    Me: “Yes, ma’am, right away.”

    (I bring the ribs back. The chef looks like he wants to murder me.)

    Chef: “What now?”

    Me: “She says they’re cold.”

    Chef: “Give me the ribs.”

    (He puts them in the microwave for two minutes, and they are piping hot when they come out.)

    Chef: “Here, this should make her happy.”

    (I bring the ribs back to the table a third time. The woman obviously sees the steam rising from the plate, but immediately grabs the ribs. She drops them, crying out in pain.)

    Customer: “Ow! Why are these so hot? Don’t you test the food before you bring it out to make sure it’s not too hot?”

    Me: “Uh, I’m sorry, ma’am, but I don’t have any way to test it. It should be cool enough to eat in just a few seconds.”

    Customer: “What do you mean you can’t test it? Just touch it!”

    Me: “You want me to touch your food? With my hands?”

    Customer: “Yes! I don’t see what’s so hard about that! You kids these days! Honestly!”

    Me: “Enjoy your meal, ma’am.”