2016 has been a year of some ups and many downs, so let’s bid it a deserved farewell with our special annual roundup, highlighting the ten highest-voted stories of the previous year. A happy New Year to all our readers!
(My best friend and I are working together at a popular Mexican restaurant. It is early-ish in the morning on a Sunday, so we are the only two on shift. She is taking orders on drive-thru and counter, and I am making the food. It’s very slow and we are only getting roughly one or two customers every half hour, so it’s an easy morning. A gentleman walks in the front doors and orders four tacos and a side of potatoes. I am standing right behind the registers and hear his order, so by the time he’s paid for his items, I almost have all his food ready. He is the only customer we have. Here is the exchange I hear between him and and my friend:)
Cashier: “Your order will be ready in just a moment.”
Customer: “What’s my order number?”
Cashier: “You don’t need an order number. You are the only customer.”
Customer: *ignoring her, raising his voice* “How am I supposed to get my order without an order number?”
(I have finished making his food now and I am putting all his items on the tray. I think he’s kidding, but after glancing over my shoulder I see his face is red with anger and confusion.)
Customer: “Well? How hard is it to give me my ORDER NUMBER!”
Cashier: “Okay, your order number is… four”.
Customer: *looking as if he’s just fought a battle* “Okay, then!”
(At that moment I turn around and put the tray on the front counter. He has not even had a chance to turn to go to the drink machine to pour his beverage. My friend/cashier grabs his tray so he can’t grab it.)
Cashier: *with the belligerent customer directly in front of her* “NUMBER FOUR! NUMBER FOUR! NUMBER FOUR, YOUR ORDER IS READY! NUMBER FOUR!”
(He angrily took his tray and sat in the totally empty dining room. I had to go the back to avoid laughing at the whole scene.)