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    Do you feel like civilized behavior in restaurants is becoming endangered? Maybe it depends on where you eat out -- and who you dine with. But if you're of the opinion that we're losing our sense of dining propriety, maybe you ought to take a cue from this diner and try rewarding people for good behavior. An anonymous stranger paid for a family's dinner, leaving them a note commending their polite manners. Actually, it was just one member of the family who got the compliment: The family's youngest child. You have to see this sweet note!

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    It’s a true story, my friends. Everyone’s favorite Italian chain restaurant is offering parents a night off from wrestling their little ones into clunky wooden high chairs and flagging down the waiter because someone’s milk spilled.

    Olive Garden is teaming up with 145 My Gym locations for this strange, wonderful, and brilliant promotion they’re aptly calling Parent’s Night Out. They’re doing it specifically to promote their two-for-$25 dinner menu, but invite parents to order off the regular menu too.

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    It's been a few months since we last heard from the Bouzaglos and Amy's Baking Company, the notorious Arizona dining establishment from Kitchen Nightmares. Well it's official. They're back! Gordon Ramsay will return to Amy's Baking Company in the season premiere of Kitchen Nightmares at the end of February. You guyzzz. I am freaking out here! Part deux: They meet again. Mano-a-mano. Spatula-a-spatula. Yelling and more yelling. I cannot wait.

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    You know how when you go to restaurants and order a glass of water, and it comes with a wedge of lemon to presumably take away some of that tappy taste? Yeah, you might want to skip the citrus next time.

    In a study for the Journal of Environmental Health, researchers found that 70 percent of lemons used in restaurants as garnish were contaminated with microbial growth. They tested the rinds and flesh of 76 lemons from 21 restaurants over 43 visits, and discovered that half of them contained human fecal matter.

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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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    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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    Restaurant tip stories often run the gamut between the utterly heartwarming -- people leaving $6,000 for one waitress because she was a foster child -- to the absurd -- people stiffing waitresses and waiters for no reason. But even among those stories, I think this one takes the cake. An Oregon couple tipped their waitress with crystal meth. Oh yes. You read that right. She was tipped in drugs.

    This all happened in a steakhouse in Seaside, Oregon when a couple who paid using a gift card tried to tip their server with an envelope marked with a question mark. Inside was a stash of the crystal meth they'd been cooking.

    What isn't clear is how the waitress knew what she was looking at. Maybe she asked. Honestly, I would have no idea what crystal meth even looks like. But then, she called the police. Police arrived and found the woman still holding 17 ounces of the drug. Then they found a meth lab in the couple's room at the Holiday Inn. Dumbest dealers ever? Yes and no.

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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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    A bar in Missouri called Exit 6 used to sell a beer called “Frappicino,” or at least they did until Starbucks caught wind of it and sent them a cease-and-desist letter earlier this month. It seems as though the coffee house giant was concerned that people might mistake the beer for their popular, similarly named Frappuccino.

    The owner of the bar, one Jeff Britton, ceased and desisted immediately and complied with a written guarantee that he would no longer serve the offensively named imbibement. The man is hilariously brilliant, and I want to go to Exit 6 now or at least toast my next beer to Mr. Britton.

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    It's not unusual for an upscale restaurant to enforce a strict dress code. If you choose to rock your Nike Airs that evening, you won't be allowed to break bread at one of their pristine tables -- and it's totally within their right to set whatever rules they feel will create the setting they want at their establishment. Other eateries have very reasonable requests -- you know: no shirt, no shoes, no service. Few people would argue with this simple regulation because, you know, your bare feet don't belong anywhere near a plate of food.

    But staff members at a Morton's Steakhouse in Nashville took dress code too far when they insisted a man who is undergoing chemotherapy remove his beanie -- and then reportedly kicked him and his party out of the restaurant for not complying.

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