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When You Don’t Have A Pigsty But You Still Get The Pigs

, , , , | Right | February 17, 2022

I’m taking orders at a register when someone bypasses everyone to get to the front of the line.

Customer: “Excuse me! HEY!”

He slaps the counter, interrupting an order. I hold back a stream of unprofessional language.

Me: “Is there a problem?”

Customer: “Those tables over there in the back are dirty! I have a family to feed, and you expect us to sit in that pigsty? Go clean it up!

Me: “Let me get the person for that—”

Customer: “I asked you to do it!”

Me: “I can’t leave my station. Give me one second.”

I called over the coworker responsible for cleaning up the dining room.

The customer directed the coworker over to the table, and I noticed that the “pigsty” he was talking about consisted of an empty tray and drink a customer left behind and perhaps some crumbs.

That’s not the worst part of the story, believe it or not. He then brought in a family of seven kids who, despite there being a children’s playroom, turned the dining room into a scene of mayhem which included food throwing, ketchup packet squirting, running, screaming, chasing, and clogging an INDUSTRIAL TOILET. How do you clog an industrial toilet that is practically designed to flush an elephant’s waste?! Meanwhile, the man and his wife simply sat back nonchalantly like it was just another day in the life.

When they all finally blessed us with their departure, they considerately left behind a mountain of food wrappers, half-consumed food, a dirty diaper, and food and condiments all over the tables, seats, floor, and wall. It took two people and fifteen minutes to clean and sanitize the area.

Fortunately, word about this incident traveled to the general manager, who gave us permission to refuse the man service the next time he showed up. He thankfully never did.

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