13 Waiters And Waitresses Reveal Their Craziest Tales From The Floor

February 9, 2017

Waiters and waitresses have seriously tiring jobs. They often have to be on their feet all day, trying to please table after table of customers.

Often, the customers are very nice and even fun to talk to, making the hours pass by quickly — and the good tippers make the day even better.

There are times, though, when it seems like a nightmare shift will never end. Customer after customer sends food back for ridiculous reasons, and some are literally impossible to please, no matter how hard one tries.

If you’ve ever been a waitress or a waiter, then you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a horror story of your own, if not a couple dozen to boot.

I have major respect for the servers who navigate tricky customers with poise and professionalism. I don’t think I’m cut out for it!

Do you have a crazy or totally unpleasant story from being a server? Please SHARE with your family and friends on Facebook!

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“We had all kinds of smoothies and daiquiris on the menu. One day, a lady ordered a mango daiquiri. I made it and delivered it, [then] she drank about a third of it. Then asked if there was real mango in it. I told her it was a concentrate, but, yes, it has real mango it.

“She panics and tells me ‘I can’t drink this! I’m allergic to mango!’

“Awesome.” – crypt13

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“It was a busy lunch rush on a hot summer day, so the AC was blasting, but not enough to keep the whole room cool. Add to this the fact that all the servers are running around as fast as they can in order to take care of each table’s every desire.

“So, one lady at my table approached me at the computer while I was putting in their order. She asked me if I could stop sweating.” – folkmasterfrog

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“Had a guy who got furious at me for not having the cloth under his burger like it did in the menu to make it look nice. He called me out saying it was ‘false advertising’ and threatened to call the cops.” – Illier1

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“I once had a woman order a burger and request that I take the lettuce, tomato and onion that come with the burger and chop it into a side salad for her. It was 99 cents extra to add an ALL YOU CAN EAT SALAD BAR to her order, but she insisted I take the single slice of tomato, the single slice of iceberg lettuce and the single circle of red onion and make her a side salad.

“So I did, and I charged her $1 dollar for the side of ranch dressing.” – biggulpshuh_alright

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“There’s a live-lobster tank for fresh full lobsters if you want to pay a little extra. Usually the customer assumes you’ll just pick one and cook it up for them, but I had a gentleman ask if he could handpick it from the tank himself. No problem.

“He picks one up, examines it, and proceeds to sing some foreign operatic aria to the damn thing. In front of the whole restaurant. Not a word in English, no idea what he was saying to it, but damn if the poor lobster didn’t near shed a tear.” – jmur1308

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“I used to bartend/wait at a local golf course. I once had a customer ask us to make the shelled mussels less time consuming, but was adamant that they should not be taken out of their shell. Then, to top it off, asked that his lamb not taste like lamb.” – Cletus_SJ_Yokel

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“I had a guy complain that his fries were too crispy. He then proceeded to throw a handful of them in his mouth and chew with his mouth open in my face so I could hear how crispy they were.” – Givemefivedollars

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“I had a man request a ‘place to speak privately’ with his sister-in-law. I said no, but they snuck into a meeting room and locked the door anyway. I unlocked the door to kick them out and they already had half their clothing on the floor.” – sadtay

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“A rough and tumble gentleman came in and asked me to show him our largest glass. I brought out a beer stein that held 32 oz. He looked up and down and said, “That’ll do”, and then asked me to fill it to the brim with chocolate milk.” – yaboykanye

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“We had this omelet on our menu that had this chunky, spicy salsa type stuff in it. It was pretty good. A lady wanted that omelet, but without any of the chunky, salsa stuff. Without the chunky, salsa stuff it was merely an omelet with some cheese in it. This was clearly explained to her, and I told her that she’d save a couple of bucks by just ordering a cheese omelet.

“She SCREAMED at me that NO SHE WANTED THIS OMELET.

“Okay, fine. I put in the order, brought it to her, and she complained quite vocally that it was just a cheese omelet and ‘Couldn’t you put some vegetables or bacon or something in it?!’” – angela_bee

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“I had a guy complain that his wife was cold while they were sitting on the patio. I suggested moving inside but no, ‘We want to sit outside and she’s cold. What are you going to do about that?’

“‘Sir, I’m sorry, I can’t do anything but offer to move you inside.’

“‘Well, you’re wearing a sweater. Aren’t you even going to offer it to her?’

“‘No, sir, I’m not going to give your wife MY sweater.’

“So he asked to speak to my manager who had to spend 10 minutes explaining that he was not going to require me to hand over the literal clothes off my back and that we have no control over the weather.” – Pommesdor

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“I once had a table steal my tip that was left from my previous guests, then pay me with it.” – Reddit User

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“The couple was extremely rude to me from start to finish, but the thing that really got me was when I asked how their food was and the man picked up the end of a piece of asparagus and began twirling it in the air at me like helicopter blades, saying very condescendingly, ‘Can we get some asparagus that didn’t come out of the dumpster?’” – in_wonderland

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