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18 Customers Share Their Absolute WORST Dining Experiences

Justin Gardner

There’s nothing worse than dropping a big wad of cash on a meal and being extremely unsatisfied with the service or the food – or sometimes both.

I’ve had a few really bad restaurant adventures, but certainly not anything close to the experiences these 18 AskReddit users had. Read about their awful dining experiences, and maybe stay in cook this weekend…

1. Exactly what you want from restaurant staff

I was eating with a female friend at a reasonably nice restaurant. Not posh, but expensive. Before we were seated we grabbed a drink at the bar, whilst there she signed up to some sort of newsletter at the bar. To be fair it was stuff like this that made me apprehensive to call the place “posh”.

Anyways, we sit down and the girl I’m with gets a text telling her how beautiful she looks. She ignores it and another one comes through asking her what she’s doing later. She hasn’t got a clue who it is and ignores it.

We’re finishing up our meal and a 3rd text comes through saying she shouldn’t be with a guy like me and asking if she wanted dessert with a “real man”

Now it’s clear someone in the restaurant has her number and we clocked that she had put it down on the application form for the newsletter. Considering the newsletters went into a box behind the bar it was a member of staff. After getting the manager down and him calling the number and pegging what member of staff it was it turned out one of the waiters had taken her number and address off this form, written it in his phone and had spent the evening taking pictures of her from behind the bar. The police ended up involved.

2. McLasagna

I was spat on by a drunk lady because McDonald’s didn’t have lasagna.

I didn’t even work there, I was just eating my McNuggets.

3. Foodie

Working in restaurants and having customers who have no clue as to what they’re talking about.

“I’d like my steak rare, but make sure there’s no pink in it.”

4. Racist Staff

I got my food served to me, my Indian friend got told to pick hers up from the counter.

5. MIA

We were in a restaurant we’ve gone to sporadically over the years. It’s usually reasonably good.

We’re seated and our drink order is taken. I mention to the waitress that there’s no silverware on the table, and she says “Oh, no problem, I’ll be right back”. She shows back up 10 minutes later to take our dinner order. We order, and I again mention the lack of silverware. “Oh, right, hang on.”

We don’t see her again for 30 minutes. Drinks are empty, no silverware, nothing. Can’t even find her in the restaurant.

After 30 minutes, she shows up again with our meals, both pasta dishes. She sets them down, and I again mention that we have no silverware, and can’t eat our dinner. “Oh, I’m so sorry, hang on”

She disappears again. There’s something horrible about being very hungry and staring at your meal while being unable to eat it. Stomach’s rumbling, you’re salivating, you’re so damn ready to dig in… but you can’t.

After staring at our dinner for at least five minutes, I get up, go to the setup table and grab two full sets of silverware and napkins, and return to the table. We eat, waitress is MIA.

Twenty minutes after we’ve finished our meals, still no waitress. I get up and ask to see the manager. I tell her what happened and she accuses me of trying to steal the silverware. Blew my mind.

Suffice it to say, we’ve never gone back and have dissuaded lots of people from eating there.

6. Lollipop

I was at a restaurant with my folks and my sister when I was 4 years old. When kids under 9 finished everything on their plate, they would get a free lollipop. My father had ordered the 3-piece fish dinner.

He was almost done with his meal and got to about the last bit of fish and noticed something ‘charred’ in his fish. He picked at it and picked at it, then eventually just tore it open and right there…as plain as day was a cockroach INSIDE this fish fillet…He got up, threw it away, told the manager and just walked out.

On the car ride home I piped up and said as I was holding my lollipop up, “If you manned up and finished, you’d have a lollipop too!”