It’s always awkward to witness a really awful date as it happens. I’m sure we’ve all had that moments either eating at or working at a restaurant when we saw a couple fighting/screaming/crying in public.
These 12 AskReddit users who work at restaurants dish on the worst dates they’ve ever had the displeasure to see.
1. Stood up
Was a waiter, not anymore but the worst date I ever watched (or arguably the saddest) was a guy in his 20’s came to my restaurant and said he had a booking for two. I took him to his table and make small talk. Then after 15 minutes and his date still hadn’t turned up I brought him some complimentary food. Then after 15 more minutes I remember looking over and seeing his head buried in his hands. I was occupied at the time but I remember going over some minutes after that since he signalled me over. He asked to be moved to another table (right next to a plug socket), he plugged his phone in and waited for his date to arrive.
After 30 more minutes (so he was roughly at the restaurant an hour) he told me he wanted to order food. I took his order and then continued with my duties. I remember giving the guy his food and he just sat there with a flat look on his face, as if he had the 1000 yard stare. At this point there was only him and another couple at the restaurant. I watched him pick apart his food, leave it mostly untouched. So I went over to talk to him. He never said much and I could tell he didn’t want to either. He stayed for another hour just glued to his phone before asking for a check and getting up to leave.
I felt just so bad for the guy, I couldn’t imagine what it must be like. I can only assume he was stood up.
2. Here come the waterworks…
Former waiter, a guy broke up with his girlfriend… before I brought them their drinks. Everything was fine when I took the drink order, came back and she was crying. Asked if I should come back later and the guy said no it’s fine, and ordered a steak. The girl didn’t order anything. They stayed for another 45 minutes not talking while he ate his dinner and she sat there sobbing. It was hands down the most awkward table I’ve ever waited and what a jerk that guy was too.
3. What a guy
Was a waiter for 7 years. Have some good ones. But nothing tops the time this couple came in. The girl was a regular, so we knew each other. The guy was some random guy she met online for a date or something. Anyways the meal is fine they order a boat load of sushi, sake. The tab comes and it’s like 180 bucks I think, which is fine for her. SHE puts cash in the book, and starts to get her coat. I had already seen that she had left me around a 30% tip. He hangs back to “go to the restroom”. After she leaves he comes out of the restroom, opens the book, takes the money out and leaves. I walk out right behind him, and tell him I saw him. He starts hassling me and pushing me. She gets out of the car and says, ” WHAT IS GOING ON”. I tell her. She literally FLIPS OUT and starts beating him with her purse and hands and all that. Gives me my money plus like 50%. Leaves the doucher in the parking lot. Good times.
Sat two at the table, clearly on a date. Give them some time before I check back —
Me: Have you guys decided on food?
Her: I dunno, everything looks gross!
Him: Just give us a couple more minutes, a few minutes pass, I return. He orders a burger or a sandwich, she orders a chicken Caesar. Some time passes and I decide to stop back and let them know their food should be up soon when I notice that the girl is not at the table. The guy stops me – “Can I get that to go?”
I tell him I can box up the whole order.
“No,” he replies, “I’m going to eat mine, just do hers to go”
So I watch him eat his meal alone in silence, pay quickly, and leave with her salad in a box.
5. Just tired
There was that young couple (~20 years old) at our bar. everything seemed to go well when I noticed that after the second glass of red wine the girl acted a little weird. when I went back to their table I saw that her eyes were half closed and her head repeatedly sunk onto her chest. I asked her if everything was alright and the guy said she was just tired. I immediately thought he might have drugged her or something and asked my coworker in the kitchen if I should call the police. she came out of the kitchen to check on that girl and it turned out, that they had gone to school together and the two actually were brother and sister. apparently the girl was just really tired.
6. This probably got ugly
I work at the quick service side of a restaurant. A woman came in with her teenage daughter and ordered a beer. Her daughter was upset, asking her to please not drink. At first I thought she didn’t want to have to be the one to drive home. But the mom was determined to drink that beer because she explained, “My soon-to-be ex-husband is standing right outside. And he doesn’t know it yet.” I felt so bad for the daughter but it was just an awkward situation.