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Sadly, This Is A Usual Unusual Encounter

, , | Right | October 26, 2020

I am working the register at a well-known fast food restaurant, which at this time doesn’t have any specifically vegetarian options, and this is a commonly-known fact.

Me: “Hi, what can I get for you today?”

Customer: “Hi, my daughters and I are vegetarian. What do you have that we can eat?”

Me: “Sorry, sir, but we don’t have any specifically vegetarian options here, but we can remove the meat from specific items like our salads and burgers to make them vegetarian if that suits you?”

Customer: “Yeah, we’d like some burgers, thanks.”

Me: “Of course. If you like, you could pick one with a lot of salad fillings and we can just do those without the meat patty?”

Customer: “Oh, that sounds great. What are our options?”

I go over every burger we have that includes salad items plus what they were, with the customer refusing each option and seeming to get more frustrated. Only after I’ve exhausted all options and a queue has built up behind the guy…

Customer: “Look, why can’t we just have our usual?”

I try not to act annoyed at the fact that this could have been over a long time ago.

Me: “Of course, sir, what’s your usual?”

Customer: “The cheeseburgers; we always get the cheeseburgers!”

Me: “No problem, sir. So just to confirm, you want three cheeseburgers, which come with just cheese and nothing else?”

Customer: “Yes! Finally, was that so hard?”

I processed the order as requested. Cue several odd looks from the cooks as they read the ticket, but nonetheless, the guy walked off happily two minutes later with what was essentially a bag of bread buns and cheese slices.

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