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    When is a pizza restaurant not just a pizza restaurant? When someone cleans your windows for free just because you're serving more than pizza. James Broderick was disappointed when he arrived at his restaurant, Little Italy Pizza Co., to discover someone had spat all over the front window. He was so furious, he took to the town Facebook page and threatened to expose the culprit via security camera footage unless the spitter fessed up and cleaned his mess. But what happened next completely made up for this insult.

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    Think of all the dinner dates you've ever had. Any special memories? One young couple will never forget the dinner they shared at Ciccio's, in Barrie, Ontario. A stranger, an older man, paid their tab. That in itself was a terribly thoughtful gift. But he left them a note that's worth far more -- and that they'll remember longer. Lee Ballantyne had just lost his wife of 43 years. The young couple reminded him of his late wife, Carol. Here's what he wrote to them.

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    Waiting 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.

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    We love a good story about super-generous tips, and today's is especially sweet. Every server works hard for their earnings, and a lot of people deserve a surprise bonus. But when you hear this waitress' story you see what makes it different. This is a tip that she's bound to pay forward for years. A diner left Cracker Barrel waitress Abigail Sailors a $5,000 tip -- but that money isn't to pay for her day-to-day expenses. It's for a very specific purpose.

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    If you'd like to eat out on Christmas day, you actually have a lot of options. Your favorite restaurant may not be open, but several chain restaurants are open for business on December 25. The following restaurants have confirmed that most of their locations are open, but it's always a good idea to call ahead just to be sure. 

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    There is nothing that makes a word nerd nuttier than listening to people butcher the pronunciation of words in a restaurant. Overhearing someone at the next table order some "quin-oh-ah" for breakfast is enough to put me off my meal entirely! Unfortunately, the culinary world is chock-a-block with difficult words -- many of foreign origin -- that make ordering in a restaurant hard on everyone!

    Don't want to sound like an idiot when you're dining out? Help is on the way!

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    Oh France. How I love it. The nation of croissants and croque madames and crème brûlé. Also berets and the home of Sartre, but as neither of those things is edible (and one is a human man), I will mention them no more. One of the biggest cliches about the French is that -- when pressed -- they can serve up some major attitude. But hey, don't we all from time to time?

    I've definitely noticed that my own patience can be in short supply. Especially when I'm in a rush and doing something like ordering a cup of coffee -- but because I'm civilized and rational, I keep it in check. It's easy to cave into our bad tempers and snap at the people helping us -- but just because it's easy, that doesn't make it right. One cafe in France was sick of rude customers, so they hit them where it hurt.

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    What happens if you dine and dash? Not that YOU would ever! But when someone eats out and decides to skip out before paying the bill, the restaurant owner take the hit, right? Yeah... no. Not necessarily. Apparently some restaurant owners pass the loss on to the most "logical" responsible person, your waiter. That's right, sometimes servers' pay is docked when diners ditch the bill.

    You may be wondering -- in what universe does that make any sense at all?!? It doesn't! Unless you think your wait staff should double as security. I believe that's the twisted logic at play here. If you're careless enough not to notice when your customers sneak out without paying you deserve to have your pay docked. Oh yeah, and apparently confronting the miscreants is also your job.

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    Quick, name the one thing you'd most hate to see at a restaurant. Besides a mouse. And besides vomit. Okay, actually, there are a lot of gross things you'd hate to see at a restaurant. It's hard to narrow them all down to one. But there's one little critter I bet would be near the top of everyone's list: A cockroach. Well, I hope you're not eating right now, because I've got a prank video involving a waiter and a cockroach. Put your sandwich down, I'm warning you. It's pretty creepy.

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    I love food, and I love chivalry, so at first glance, a website promising to match the two of them might be a fantastic idea. But there’s something not quite right about online dating site HiDine, which promises to do just that.

    The recently launched site operates on the premise that “chivalry is alive” and matches up women who like to be wined and dined with the men who want to wine and dine them. Basically, the men have to buy dinner, and the ladies are just supposed to show up and look pretty.

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