A Platter Of Human Indecency

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I am traveling, visiting a friend of mine and doing touristy things, and we’ve just gotten out of a show and gone for a late-night snack. We are sharing an appetizer platter when a large group comes in: three women and four or five men. We aren’t paying a lot of attention to them, except that this one woman keeps loudly talking about how she isn’t all that hungry and she isn’t going to eat much, and she is just there to be social.

The waiter comes and takes their orders, and she is very busy talking to her friends about something or other, even while they are trying to order their meals. She doesn’t even look at the waiter as she orders an appetizer platter. The waiter tries several times to get her attention to verify if she wants the platter or the meal, as the platter is larger and meant for many people, but she completely ignores him.

He shrugs, finishes taking orders, and leaves.

When the food comes back, suddenly she needs to make a big deal about how he’d brought small plates so the platter could be shared. You know, what usually happens with an appetizer platter. The others at the table reassure the waiter that it is fine, it isn’t a big deal, and they have their own food, but the one woman just keeps going on about how sexist it is that he assumed a woman would be sharing her food and that she was perfectly capable of eating by herself, despite the other two women at the table pointing out that he hadn’t done that to them.

My friend and I roll our eyes about it. It’s very much not something we want to get involved in, so we go back to talking about the show we’d gotten out of. We are there for something like two hours over coffee, so we are there when the other table leaves.

My friend nudges my shin with his foot and nods over at their table. “Check out how much she finished.”

Sure enough, she only ate about a third of the platter. The poor waiter was rudely snubbed and accused of sexism because she couldn’t stop and listen long enough to save a little money by ordering the smaller meal.

We left a larger tip out of sympathy, and for taking up his table for so long. It is worth noting that, since I’d done the ordering, he did give the check directly to me, not to my male friend, and he was very nice.

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Monthly Roundup: May 2020

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It’s time for the May roundup! Our editors have decided among themselves which stories in May deserve the extra attention, regardless of the number of thumbs-ups they received. Out of all the stories we posted in the month, we’ve singled out twenty-five! We’ve also made it easier for you to navigate the stories – each one will link to the next!

If there are any stories from the last month you feel we should have included, please let us know in the comments!

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite stories in the poll below! Note: You can choose up to three. Last month’s winner was Outsmarted By A Five- Or Six-Year-Old from the Right category!

They’re Going To Regret That In The Morning – THIS is how you get jerks to suffer the consequences of their actions!

Ding-Dong-Ditch, Drop, And Dial Dad – Kids these days should be indoors looking at their screens!

Humans Aren’t The Only Creatures Capable Of Drama – HOWLING in pain!

A Mass(ive) Excuse – You’ll be happy to know this story is like getting your tooth pulled.

Not Always Legal (Aid Clinic) – It is now illegal to call your dog Fido.

It Was By Design(er) – Karma doesn’t wait, so neither should you!

Can You Insure That? – You just know the salesperson has practiced so many times they have their timing perfected.

You Think YOU Hate Math? – It all adds up!

Wipe Away Your Judgements About Others’ Purchases – This is how panic-buying starts.

So Not Engaging In This Nonsense – The old “Oh, you don’t like me because you’re gay!” line…

Make A Donation With A Reality Check – They really don’t get how charity is supposed to work…

Aragog Makes An Unexpected Comeback – We hope this is passed down from generation to generation.

Insuring Instant Karma For One Dirty Agent – Reading this to the end is good for your health.

She Won’t Last Long… Hopefully – Gift card fraud and the gift of consequences!

Rage Against The Machine, Part 7 – People like this are why the machines will rise up against us.

Like Riding A Bike, You Never Forget… Your Kid – Kevin McCallister goes on a bike ride!

Some Managers Are Just Sick – In case you were wondering why the number of cases is still so high…

Don’t Get Into A B****ing Match With An Air Steward – It’s a good thing air stewards have medical training because this passenger just got BURNED!

Always Be Honest At The Doctor’s – This happens every bloody time!

That Four-Year-Old Is Braver Than Some Adult Editors… – Read this and learn something new today!

Decency Isn’t His Priority – Stupidity meets able-ism meets impatience. Grab your popcorn.

Time To Terminate Your Relationship With This Receptionist – Unable to get past the judgment door.

The Type Of Customers You Don’t Want Any Contact With – The only thing that seems to be contagious here is entitlement.

Unable To Cushion The Blow Of How The Real World Works – People expect to be paid for their work? Shocking!

The Ballad Of Gregor Sparklebeard – Humor is subjective, but any story with the line  “I dump glitter in my beard and strip to distract the enemy” was going to end up here no matter what…

 

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A Hot Scene

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I’m the breakfast attendant at a hotel restaurant. We normally start serving breakfast at 6:30 am, but I always come in a little earlier to set out the dry/cold foods for the early birds. I usually finish around 6:00, but the hot foods always come out at 6:30.

This isn’t an issue most of the time; customers are informed as they’re checking in that breakfast starts at 6:30, and they’re just grateful to have something if they leave a half-hour before then.

One day, however, one customer decides he isn’t too happy with that. This happens about ten minutes after 6:00.

Customer: “Excuse me, can you tell me when the hot foods will be ready?”

Me: “Oh, sorry, sir. They’ll be ready in about fifteen minutes. Feel free to help yourself to anything that’s already out and we’ll have the hot foods ready soon.”

Customer: *Angry* “That is not acceptable. You have everything else; where are your hot foods?”

Me: “Breakfast normally starts at 6:30, but I always come in a little early to set up so our customers who leave earlier than that can still grab a quick bite.”

Customer: “Is this how you run your hotel? By denying service to your guests?”

Me: “No, sir. I’m sorry for the inconvenience. If you’d like, I can head back to the kitchen and see if anything is ready yet.”

Customer: “No, don’t bother.”

The customer walks away. I breathe a sigh of relief, thankful that he hasn’t thrown a complete tantrum. Boy, am I in for a surprise.

Two minutes later, as I’m setting the tables, I hear yelling at the front desk. It’s the guy.

Customer: “…horrible customer service! That kid should be fired! He treated me like trash and refused to serve me food after I asked!”

Coworker: “I’m sorry you feel that way.”

My coworker sees me and waves me over.

Coworker: “I’ll help you two resolve this issue.”

Customer: “I don’t want to talk to that punk anymore! I want him fired!”

Me: “I’m sorry you felt your service was inadequate, but I did offer to let you have the food that’s already out. And our cook will be done with the hot food soon, so if you want to wait—”

Customer: “No! You can’t make me wait! That’s not how a choice hotel is supposed to be run! Where’s the manager?”

Coworker: “Please calm down, sir. Our manager isn’t in this early, but—”

Customer: “Forget it. I want to check out. And you’d better not charge me for my room.”

Coworker: “I can’t remove the charge for your room without my manager’s approval. You’re welcome to file a formal complaint and we will pass it along to the manager when he gets in.”

He wordlessly writes a complaint on a piece of paper that my coworker gives him.

Customer: “Thank you.” *Looks at me* “See? That’s how good customer service is done.”

He walks away without checking out.

Coworker: “Don’t worry. I think you did well.”

Later that day, my manager sided with me and did not comp the man’s room when he checked out. The man came back down for hot food a couple of hours after he made a scene, but he did not make eye contact with me or interact with me in any way.

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Customers That Failed To Scan Reality

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I work at a popular supermarket as a cashier. I am on spring break from college. We have just had to rearrange our entire grocery department because corporate told us to.

I have a lady and her adult son come up to my register. The lady is in one of our electric scooters. The son comes first and begins putting his items from a larger cart on the belt, and I begin scanning them.

The lady makes her way around her son and comes right up to me.

Lady: “It is rude to begin scanning the items before the customer is at the register.”

Son: “What?”

Lady: “She’s supposed to wait. That’s just good customer service. I’m so tired of all this electronic s*** making you kids think you can do whatever you want.”

I am shocked. It is an expectation of our store and our customers to start scanning as soon as items are on the belt so customers can leave faster.

The lady begins slamming things from the basket on her scooter onto my belt. I try to avoid eye contact because I am not good with confrontation.

Lady: “I should make her void this entire order and start over.”

The son rolls his eyes.

Lady: “I wish they had just left the store the way it was. It’s way too hard to find anything in here! I’m going to shop at [Another Store] from now on!”

I later learned that she yelled at my managers before she came to my line about the rearranging of the store. My managers only deal with the front end and don’t have anything to do with the rearranging. It’s sad to see that some people think the world revolves around them.

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The Sauce Of Their First World Problems

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I had been bagging food all of my shift for a famous fast food restaurant when we get a call from an angry customer. The managers never answer the phones, so I pick it up and ask what I can do for them.

Caller: “You failed to provide the barbeque sauce we require to eat our food!”

Me: “I apologize, ma’am. You are free to come back and we will give you as much sauce as you need.”

Caller: “No! We had to use our own barbeque sauce!”

Me: “I apologize again. What is it that you need me to do?”

Caller: “We want a refund because we had to use our ‘personal stock’ of barbeque sauce and we believe we used about 65 cents worth.”

I waited for them to laugh or show that they were joking but they didn’t; they actually thought we would give them a refund on the sauce they used! I told them they were welcome to come get some of our sauce to replace theirs and hung up.

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