You Say Tomato; I Say Oh, No

, , , , , | Right | December 17, 2018

(It’s the middle of a fairly busy lunch. A furious customer storms up to the counter, where I am waiting to take orders.)

Customer: *yelling* “I don’t know if you made messed this up on purpose or if you just don’t care if your customers’ orders are right or not!”

Me: “I’m sorry; let me get a manager.”

Manager: “What was wrong with your order?”

Customer: “I wanted more mayonnaise than this, and I didn’t want tomato!”

(He takes the slice off his sandwich to prove his point.)

Manager: “I’m really sorry about that; I’ll tell the kitchen to remake it right away.”

(He leaves, and I remain with the customer. My hands are on the counter.)

Customer: “Here: you can take your sandwich!”

(To my surprise, he literally smacks the sandwich, which is half-eaten, onto the back of my hand. Before I can react…)

Customer: “Oh, here: you can take your tomato back, too. I don’t need it!”

(He dropped the tomato onto the sandwich, which was still on my hand, and returned to his seat.)

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