People Share Horrifying Restaurant Experiences That Made Them Never Want To Go Back.
Going out to eat is one of life's greatest pleasures, but it can be ruined by poor service or unhealthy standards.
Below are the most horrifying stories of people who went to restaurants, and why they won't be going back!
1. When I was 3 my parents and I were at a pizza place and when the waiter brought out drinks, he spilled them all over me (all three of us got pop so I was sticky). This in itself wasn't too bad, but when my parents got the check, the realized that they got charged for two sets of drinks, including the ones that were spilled on me! When my dad asked the waiter about this he said "it was only fair". This is the only time I've ever seen my dad not tip.
2. My wife is Celiac. So, really intense real gluten "allergy".
We get a gluten free menu. It lists chicken and waffles. She orders it. Takes a few bites. Comments that it's the best gluten free waffle she's ever tasted.
Starts to feel sick. Asks the waiter. "Oh, the waffle isn't gluten free, just the chicken."
3. We got home and realized neither of us had paid the bill.
4. Mexican restaurant I had never been to before. Me and two friends go in, wait for awhile by the door while being stared at by staff, eventually we sat ourselves. A boy no older than ten years old greeted us after a minute and I asked for a water. He said they didn't have water.
They didn't have water.
They didn't have water.
They didn't have water.
5. Went to a local Mexican place and got a burrito. Took a bite in and found glass.
6. I worked at this place for one day, It was a deli-type place. I had five years kitchen experience and needed the work in a small town.
Within 5 minutes I was questioning their sanitary disposition, with unregulated temperatures, improper disposal methods and general disregard for cleanliness. After a half hour I told myself I needed the money, could look past it, and do my best to make improvements over time... then came the french fry that broke the camel's back.
Their fryer, they dumped a basket of fries in it, but when it came out, it had a brown film, or sludge over the delicious crispy-fried potato product. I asked if they were going to serve that to the customer, they said yes, it's the gravy. After further questioning, I found out they... (Continued)
After further questioning, I found out they inherited the property and the oil hasn't been changed in 7 years.
After 45min of working there, I quit and called the health inspector.
I never looked back.
7. Went to a pizza place in my town for a school trip when I was 13. A friend thought he was being funny and put a slice of pizza under one of those rubberized table cloths they used at the time. About a month later his grandma took us for his birthday. The pizza was still there. I don't go to that place anymore.
8. Found a bunch of eaten chicken wing bones in my appetizer basket. They just dropped a new piece of paper over them and filled it up with onion rings. Pointed it out to the manager, declined to get my app for free and walked out.
9. I used to go to a diner all the time that was owned by a guy who was friends of my parents. From when I was around 10 or so, I would stop there on my way to school almost daily and get breakfast (usually just cereal or some toast, sometimes eggs), as my parents both worked early and wouldn't be home. Never paid a dime either. On weekends I would usually go there with my parents and get a full fry up, eggs/bacon/sausage/hashbrowns/ham, the works. The food was incredible.
I had a huge crush on one of the waitresses. She would always be working the mornings and would talk to me and be super friendly and call me sweetie or hunny and I'd always look forwards to seeing her. I'm sure she knew it, too. She was gorgeous, or at least she was to 10 year old me.
Anyway, we moved, and one of my last thoughts as we were leaving that town were "I'm never going to that restaurant again."
10. During college, I caught the restaurant's employees sneezing in the food. They saw me see it from far away and walked into the back. Told everyone I knew.
11. Local breakfast place in my hometown that I went to as a kid. Ordered a Belgian Waffle, and it comes out dark brown and crunchy. I complained that it was burned, and they sent it back to make a new one. About 5 minutes later, they returned with a new waffle.
Except it wasn't new. They had actually... (Continued)
They walked in back and turned the waffle over, thinking no one would notice. It had bite marks. Right where I had bitten it... And hey, the section I bit out of had butter on it.
12. It was our favorite bar. We used to live down the road from it. We had our first date there and knew every employee. Even the cooks in the back.
We moved about 25 minutes away. We got engaged and needed to save money. We went for the first time in months. The menu changed drastically, the management changed, almost none of the servers recognized us, as most staff had left. We tried to give it a go, but the food was awful, they'd even changed cooks.
We realized what we had was gone.
13. They lost a lawsuit over stealing server's tips.
Best pancakes/stuffed french toast/breakfast skillets of my life, but I couldn't do it after that.
14. We were completely ignored. It was a small, family-owned Mexican restaurant that was extremely popular. We had been there many times. We were the only people sitting in one waitress' section. We watched her as she stood there talking to the bus boys and cooks in plain view of our table. We had to walk up to her to ask her to take our order and go up again to ask for another margarita. We then had to go up and ask for the check. It was the only time I didn't leave a tip.
I have no idea what we did to her. The other waitress in a different section was actually doing her job and she had a full section. The only thing I can think of is it was the end of her shift and she didn't care.
15. We went to the a restaurant a long time ago, and my dad got a hot dog that turned out to be moldy.
We haven't gone back.
16. I was getting ice cream at my local place. I asked for soft serve with sprinkles on it. The guy at the counter told me he couldn't to put sprinkles on the soft serve. This made no sense to me so I asked him to do it anyway. He still refused, so I asked to see the manager. The manager told me it was physically...(Continued)
The manager told me it was physically impossible to put sprinkles on soft serve ice cream. I left and never came back.
17. There was a small fly (a fruit fly I think) in my fried egg. It was all fried and crispy. I wasn't even that bothered, I'm not a confrontational person. I didn't even want a whole new meal, I just wanted a new egg. The waitress came back from the kitchen and said that the chef was insisting it was a bit of "herb" that he uses in his cooking. You could see the legs and wings. They were so insistent that I could see it wasn't worth arguing. They were a new business as well so you would have thought they would want to establish a customer base.
18. A family owned restaurant didn't honor a 3 week in advance reservation for Valentine's day, but instead overbooked and didn't seat us until an hour later, then proceeded to give us silverware and ask us for drinks 20 minutes after that. We just said not to bother and left.
19. There a little cafe in my town that I would frequent about twice a month. I went there a couple months ago and asked to place a to-go order, the waitress told me to wait to see if they could still take orders (this was at like 6:30 pm so no reason why they wouldn't be taking orders). She's gone for like 15 minutes, comes back and says that they aren't taking any more orders for the night. As she's saying this a couple comes in and sits down. She proceeds to give them a menu and asks to take their order. I just said "You have to be freaking kidding me! I'm never coming here again" and stormed out.
20. I was at one restaurant. Felt something on my leg, then swatted at my jeans. Went to the bathroom and found nothing, but returned and saw there was a crushed roach under the table. (Basically I crushed it against my jeans and it had fallen out of the jeans afterwards.)
Told the waitress who just offered a free dessert. Really wasn't angry, we just joked about it, but afterwards I avoided that location.
21. I went to a steak place once and there was a partially frozen, entire stick of butter on my steak.
22. The nozzle fell off the soda fountain and bug parts fell out into my cup. (Roaches and other bugs in the soda fountain are a common problem if you don't clean it properly.) I told a worker and they just... (Continued)
I told a worker and they just screwed the nozzle back on when they thought I wasn't looking. Who knows what else they weren't cleaning.
23. Went to a new restaurant with my family. Right near the house, so hopefully it can be a new common place. Plus, I'd heard the wings were fantastic.
So we go in. Takes a while for us to have someone come take our drink orders. So, oh well.
My dad orders a sandwich and a cup of soup. Now, if you order soup, do you not expect it to come before the entree? Well, we get our entrees (side note, the wings weren't great), but my dad didn't get his soup, so he tells the waitress and she says she'll go get it, but he says nevermind because he has his entree.
So. We eat. Food was okay. Nothing to rave about.
We get the check and notice the soup is on it. We ask the waitress why it's on there, and she says because we ordered it. Well, we didn't eat it, so no reason we should pay for it. Ask to speak to the manager. Now, a $3 cup of soup isn't a big deal, but it's the principle of it.
Manager speaks to us. We say we shouldn't need to pay for it because we didn't eat it. He disagrees. We ordered it, and therefore we should pay for it.
Long story short, we leave, and he says that he doesn't want "our type" eating there anyways...they shut down a month later.
24. Ate at one of those restaurants where they had those tablets on the table that does everything your server does except drop food off. I think we saw our server twice. At the end of the meal we go to pay with a card, using the tablet, and it automatically hikes the tip to 18% or 20%. You can change it, and I did, but why am I going to tip 18% when I didn't really get service?
25. Was eating at a Chinese restaurant where you order rice by the bowl. From the angle I was sitting I saw the waiters taking half uneaten bowls of rice and dumping them back into the rice cooker.
26. Went to an Italian place. I got pasta Alfredo and at the bottom of my dish there was plastic. Not like a tiny piece, but THE ENTIRE WRAPPER FOR PARMESAN CHEESE! I gagged.
27. They bring out food quickly after I order it.. it's lukewarm, I send it back.. I hear the microwave ding, they bring it out, still cold in the center, they put their finger in the center... (Continued)
They put their finger in the center to verify, they bring it back. Ding! "May I have a to go box?"
28. One of my relatives has a prosthetic leg, and it's uncomfortable for him to stand for a long time, so he asked for a chair to sit in while waiting for a table. 10 minutes later, a waitress came over and said she needed the chair back. He explained his situation, but she snapped "well, I'm sorry, I need it. You'll have to get up." He shouted "SCREW THIS PLACE!" and stormed out.
29. I still remember clearly when I went to a restaurant. I was just enjoying my pho when I felt something hard on my tongue. I pulled it out of my mouth and it was a bitten off toenail. Never messed with that place again. They literally asked if I wanted another bowl, you think I want another bowl after that?!
30. Went to a sushi joint for a birthday with about a dozen people. Ordered fat stacks of snacks. Waited over an hour for the main course. I then inquired as to where the piles were. Turns out the kitchen 'lost the ticket.'
Ended up being after closing time and they refused to make our dinner. They essentially kicked us out. Made the birthday girl cry and everything.
31. It was a restaurant in Waikiki, the last night of our vacation. The place was crawling with bedbugs. We didn't know they were bedbugs at the time, didn't actually figure that out until we were back home and the telltale bites developed. We had to call the hotel, tell them we may have introduced bedbugs to the room. (They freaked out but hey, it was their employee who'd recommended the place.) We had to empty out the freezer to deep freeze everything we couldn't boil or leave roasting in a black garbage bag on a sunny patio for weeks. We had to put special covers on our mattresses and vacuum and scrub every surface every day. Our house wasn't infested but it was over a month before we could relax.
When I called the restaurant, the manager said, oh yeah, we have a terrible bed bug infestation, we have an exterminator come once a month, but every place in Waikiki has bedbugs, everybody knows that, you should read the local newspaper.
When we wrote about it on Trip Advisor, the same manager called us to ask us to remove the review. In return, we'd get dinner on the house if we ever returned.
32. Recently went to a place with a group of friends, the server forgot someones order and only came by to refill drinks once. Bill came, we're all on one check, which is fine we didn't specify. I ask to have it split and he literally rolls his eyes and sighs, I was fed up at this point and just said screw it, just put it all on my card.
Those of us who live in New York live this truth on a daily basis.
Sometimes, you just meet a person who isn't quite all there. It's hard to tell at first, but then you talk with them for a little while and it just becomes abundantly clear if they're two eggs short of an omelette.
The stories of how you find out are so interesting. But yet, they teach us to look for clues when we interact with others.