Category: Bad Behavior


Lost Your Bargaining Chips

| Miami, FL, USA | Bad Behavior, Popular

(I am looking at salad dressings at the grocery store when a woman casually picks some chips out of my cart. Note that I am standing right near the cart with one hand on the bar.)

Me: “Excuse me; I think you took my chips.”

Customer: “What was that, hon?”

Me: “You took my chips right out of the cart.”

Customer: “What are you talking about? You haven’t bought it yet, so I will.”

Me: *takes chips out of her cart* “YOU haven’t bought them either.”


Hunger Games: The Next Generation

| Elkhart, IN, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, Food & Drink

(I’m busing a cluster of booths next to a woman and her young toddler.)

Mother: *plays on her phone*

Toddler: *screams*

Mother: *starts playing with the paper placemat and crayons and stickers we gave to her baby*

Toddler: *screams*

Mother: *receives her order and, as she shovels it down her throat, goes back to her phone*

Toddler: *screams louder*

(This goes on for over 20 minutes and she does nothing to acknowledge the baby, but many guests are complaining to the manager.)

Manager: “Ma’am, is your baby all right?”

Mother: “He does that a lot. Just ignore him. He’ll shut up.”

(I nearly drop my bus tub in shock. My manager sees the look on my face and signals me to just go back to the kitchen/dish pit. He comes back to talk to me a few minutes later, after the baby’s stopped crying.)

Me: “Did you ask her to leave?”

Manager: “No, I gave the baby a plate of cheese fries. He was just hungry.

Me: “I hate people.”

Manager: “Next time, don’t look like you’re going to hit her and you can stay and watch the show.”

(The kicker? Other than the fact that she hadn’t even ordered for her child, my workplace offers a weekend deal where children under four eat for free!)


I’m Feeling Pretty Coffee Myself Too

| MI, USA | Bad Behavior, Food & Drink

(I work in a cafe that is attached to a smaller (more on the expensive side) specialty grocery store. I usually work the morning shift and have come to understand that people aren’t quite awake when they come up to my counter and order their coffee. However, more often than not I get this response from people…)

Me: “Good morning. How are you?”

Guest: “I’ll have a tall coffee.”

Me: *to coworker after patron has left the café* “I didn’t know tall coffee was a mood…”


Manners Go Down The Toilet

, | Stockholm , Sweden | Bad Behavior, Rude & Risque

Me: “Hi, and welcome to [Establishment].”

Guest: “TOILET!”

Me: *with a slight bow* “Toilet to you too, sir.”


Parking Orders

| Oshawa, ON, Canada | Bad Behavior, Food & Drink, Popular

(The customer orders 15 chicken sandwiches on an overnight shift at 3 am. Overnights are ridiculously understaffed, and there is a long line in the drive-thru.)

Me: “Sorry, we’re waiting on your food. If you could just park, I’ll run it out to you when it is ready.”

Customer: “No, I’ll wait here.”

Me: “…”

Customer: “Last time I waited 20 minutes parked.”

(It is busy and I am frustrated at his idiocy.)

Me: “Well, it is three in the morning and you ordered a lot of food. I have the order for the next three customers, waiting behind you, all ready. You are being extremely ignorant and inconsiderate to those waiting behind you. I’d also like to bring to your attention that overnights are ridiculously understaffed. There is one person preparing food and just me and the first window girl in drive-thru. So, I’m sorry if you’ve waited long before, but I will try my best to not keep you waiting and get your order out much faster, but like I said, I am alone down here. If you would please pull up to a parking spot, I would appreciate it greatly. Thank you. Goodnight.”

(I close the window. The customer is stunned and pulls into the parking spot. Order is up in less than two minutes and I run it out to him.)

Me: “I am SO sorry for that ridiculously long wait. Enjoy your night.”

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