They Didn’t Deserve To Have Their Mouths Washed Out With Soap!

, , , , | Working | November 2, 2020

I don’t drink alcohol because I can’t stand the taste, but I’m not a huge fan of lemonade, either. Most of my friends are used to me ordering something weird when going out, like peppermint tea, for example. This happens when we’re at a new pub that serves almost exclusively beer, where the only non-alcoholic beverages are lemonade, water, or coffee. Obviously, I ask for…

Me: “Can I please have a glass of milk?”

It’s not even on the menu but, you know, they serve coffee. Five minutes and a nice but very confused waiter later, I have a large glass of cold milk. Fantastic, right?

At least, that’s what I think, until I take a sip. It tastes soapy. I take a closer look and notice it’s a bit foamy, too.

Me: *To my friends* “My milk tastes sort of soapy. Do your drinks taste strange to you?”

Some notice their beer tastes slightly off, too, but it’s hard to tell due to the strong taste. Since by now our waiter is incredibly busy, we go to the bar to complain. From there, we can look into the “kitchen” behind it… and we witness the staff there dunking used glasses into a sink with soap water, towelling them dry on the outside, and refilling them.

We immediately call them out on it. They barely listen to us, get defensive, and insist that the glasses are clean and that nobody besides us has ever complained. I find that hard to believe, until I realize they serve the lemonade in bottles. Nothing non-alcoholic — except my milk — is served in the glasses. By sheer coincidence, I ordered the one thing possible where the soapy taste would be really noticeable. Needless to say, we haven’t been back.

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