9 Craziest Things We've Heard at Restaurants


waiterWaiting tables has to be one of the hardest jobs out there. Honestly, I don't think I could handle it. So when my order gets muddled or a server seems flustered I'll usually let it slide. Sometimes, though, things get weird. Jimmy Fallon recently asked viewers to send him tweet him their "weird waiter" stories, and the results are a hoot. 

Doesn't everyone have a crazy restaurant story? Like the time a friend of mine ordered a cocktail with dinner. When her drink arrived there was a fly in it -- frozen in an ice cube! When she pointed it out to the waitress she shrugged and said, "So? You wanna another drink?" Um, maybe this wasn't the first time this had happened. Yikes! Amazingly, my friend said YES. The waitress brought a new drink over. "It's on the house," she said, "on account of the fly." I asked my friends to tell me their stories, and you will not believe the wackiness -- or maybe you will.

1. I was talking with some friends at dinner, and I said "Colorado," pronouncing it with a short a. The waitress was removing some dishes and said, "It's pronounced Colo-RAH-do." And then left.

2. Many years ago we stopped at a Denny's in Rhode Island late at night as a very last option. It was my first and last visit to Denny's. I ordered eggs, which came with meat, so I told the waitress I didn't want the meat. She said it came with it and it would be the same price if I had the meat or not. I was fine with that. Then she asked if I wanted sausage or ham. Again, I told her no meat. Again she said "But it comes with it." A few more rounds of this and I finally gave up. My eggs arrived with meat.

3. When I was in college, I studied American Sign Language. A few friends of mine from sign language class were eating at a diner. One half of the table were talking to one another and my friend and I were signing to each other. The waitress came, handed the two talking friends menus, pointed to my friend and I (the signing ones) and before handing us menus, asked the other two, "Do they know how to read?"

4. Before my husband and I got engaged, a waitress randomly began quizzing us about how long we'd been together and then lectured him about how it was time to pop the question and asking him what he was waiting for, etc. Mortifying, basically.

5. I once ordered a beer of some kind and she said “That’s $10. Do you understand? Can you afford that?” To this day I think maybe she had me confused with someone else. So weird.

6. My son and I were out to lunch and the waiter started talking to him about what Santa brought. He mentioned the Star Wars movies, and no joke -- the dude looked at us and said, "What's that? I've never heard of that." I about fell over. He was probably in his mid-20s. How do you NOT know what Star Wars is???

7. I had an incredibly rude waitress once who said, "There are MANY different kinds of wine. Ordering red or white house wine tells me nothing," while rolling her eyes and huffing. Yeah, buh-bye tip.

8. A server once said to me, “pancakies for the mister!” I'd ordered a burger, and also I am a woman.

This last one isn't so much crazy as unusual -- in a great way: 

9. My date was acting like a complete jerk, trying to get me to drink more than I wanted to. I continuously refused, because I had long drive home. When he went the bathroom, the waitress pours more water to say, "The staff and I agree that you should not go on another date with him, because he's a complete jerk."

What kinds of crazy things have you heard at restaurants?


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nonmember avatar mel

Funny ! Laughed out loud at the bottom one.

missm... missmariah76

#1. waitstaff, retail workers, etc- we hear everything you are talking about and its hard not to chime in on the conversation sometimes.

Krystian Kaufold

I agree missmariah!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

But seriously, the Denny's thing, why c ouldn't you just take the damn meat, and not touch it? 

We went to dinner once, and the table behind us was either in a highly open relationship o r planning a three some, or something. But they were talking exteremely loud about it, and then all of a sudden the two girls started making out.

teddy... teddysmama09

Actually, I have to defend the waitress in number 3. I have a number of friends who have learned ASL and I was surprised when they used white boards to draw pictures, rather than just writing the words out to speak with deaf people while they were learning. My friend explained that many deaf people cannot read because much of learning how to read involves hearing how the words are pronounced. 

Todd Vrancic

Because she didn't want

Todd Vrancic

Sorry hit submit too soon.  The answer is because she didn't want the meat.

caleb... calebsmama12312

When I was younger my grandfather got a chunk of eyelashes in his toast at a diner in my town. It literally looked like someone ripped all of their eyelashes out & threw them in the toast. I don't think they were fake either. They tried to replace the toast but all he wanted was his money back & we never went there again lol.

letit... letitbesunshine

I am a server and bartender . I have heard some crazy things , from guest and coworkers.... I work at an upscale place a cpl came in and the women was wearing a short skirt we sat them a table in the center of the dinning room . We heard then discussing their sex life and a the things that they were going to do to each other when they got home.. next thing I know she has her skirt hiked up so you could practically see her vagina and her dates foot was inserted between her legs... .

Jess_Lee Jess_Lee

I lived near the Georgia School for the Deaf and all the deaf ppl I knew (quite a few) knew how to read. So I thought that was kind of ignorant assuming that. They are also really good at lip reading.

I ordered a cheese pizza with very little sauce bc the sauce makes me sick, especially since I'm pregnant, and they delivered cheesy bread and argued that it was the same. Needless to say that driver didn't get a tip bc of the attitude plus we had to drive up there and get it fixed and the manager got an attitudes before making another with way too much sauce before getting it right. We ended up with both pizzas. Oh and the driver was over an hour late! We lived 13 mins from the pizza place! We called and got hung up on 20 times by the store and corporate. A month later the GM called us and told us they fired everyone from that night and hired all new ppl. The pizza was a lot better and do was the service.

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