Everybody has different tastes when it comes to food. However, these waiters officially saw it all after some of the most bizarre orders these customers made.
"I work at a bacon food truck in San Francisco. And oh boy do I have a lot of crazy requests and ignorant customers on a day to day basis. But one of my favorites is, I had this lady come up asking for our grilled cheese sandwich. She was insistent on making sure that all products are natural and not processed. I told her where everything came from and assured her that we have only the best ingredients.
After receiving her food, 5 mins go by and she comes back furious. I was confused why, assuming that maybe there was a hair or if the cheese isn't melted enough. I asked her what is the issue and is there anything I can do to fix it. She blurted out, 'I don't know what you're trying to pull here, but I KNOW for a FACT that cheese does NOT come out of cows orange. How dare you lie to me!' I was baffled, I could not believe what I just heard. I said I know it doesn't, and I also know cows don't produce cheese out of their utters. She was strong on her belief on how cheese was produced, I offered her her money back as people in line were laughing at her.
I just hope she eventually googled how cheese is made."
"I worked at McDonald's as a young man and this lady with the largest chin mole came in every business day and ordered the same thing every time.
1) Big Mac Meal ( nothing crazy) - Supersized
2) Extra Trimmings/ingredients in their own Big Mac Box
3) Two medium sized cups (16 oz each) FILLED TO THE BRIM with Big Mac sauce
She didn't take it home. She ate there in the restaurant. She usually came back for extra fries to finish up her second cup of secret sauce. Seeing this meal take place was horrific, she would scoop out a hearty portion of sauce on a grip of fries.
She came in so often I began to realize she smelled like the secret sauce."
"I waited at a chain burger place - Red Robin for those who know - a few years ago.
I had a mid-30's couple come in who had a little baby with them. Everything is going well with low stress as the couple is mostly chatting and not fussing over anything. The woman gets up to use the bathroom, and once she's out of sight the guy gets up and bolts to me.
'Hey buddy, do you guys have a dessert that's on a big plate?'
'Yes. We have a big ice cream cake dish. Would you like one?'
'YES! Ok I'll give you another $5 if you write 'please take me back' on it in chocolate sauce or whatever.'
'Uhhh ok sure..'
So I'm in the kitchen explaining to the cooks what they want and they're just laughing and laughing while one guy slowly writes it out.
I nervously drop off the dish and don't even look at her while I say 'Enjoy!' But it must have worked because the guy gave me a big thumbs up and a smile as they walked out. And I got my extra tip."
"The woman insisted on a baked potato with whipped cream. Meant sour cream, and she was very plainly wasted when she arrived so I tried to help her out. She kept repeating 'whipped' and got upset when I asked if she was sure she wanted that exactly. She got so angry and asked me what my problem was that I wasn't understanding. So, I brought a baked potato to her with about 6 inches of whipped cream on top, and a cherry. Her face was priceless. She realized her mistake and apologized profusely, we all laughed, and she got her baked potato with sour cream anyway, no hard feelings."
"We have a drink which is 50/50 ouzo and rumple minze. We call it 'a cloud.' All in all, this cloud is good enough to clean the corrosion from your pipes, if need be.
One day this little girl, about 6 or 7, dressed like a doll comes up, stands on her little toesies to be able to see over the bar, looks me straight in the eye and says: 'I want one extra big, double cloud, just for me.'
She insisted while explaining that her mommy lets her drink like a big girl.
Apparently, she saw that all the grown-ups were drinking them so she wanted one without having to share it with her brother. Turns out her mother gave them 'kids' cloud, which was fizzy water with mint.
The woman apologized profusely, right after she laughed at the distorted look on my face. Good old bartending times."
"I had this lady say, 'I'm allergic to carrots. Can you make sure there are no carrots in the stuffing?' (She was ordering the pot roast, which comes with stuffing).
I already knew there were carrots in the recipe, but I decided to go talk to the chef and see if there were a way to omit it. I also wanted to make sure the pot roast was cooked separately from the stuffing since there was a food allergy involved.
I returned to the table with news that the carrots were shredded and cooked the whole time with the stuffing. But the stuffing was separate from the pot roast, so all she needed to do was select a different side. Then she says, 'That's good. Shredded is fine. I just wanted to make sure the carrots weren't cut into thick discs.'
Now I have a distrust of anyone that claims to have a food allergy."
"One place I worked at was a diner-themed restaurant in NYC. I say diner-themed because it really was a theme, the pricing was way higher than a true diner.
This one girl would come in and order one of our salads. The entree salads were really obnoxiously enormous, like enough for at least two meals and enough ingredients to make it fattening. She would also ask for a stack of paper napkins. She would chew each bite, then spit it out in the napkins. She would get through the whole salad in this manner.
Kinda nasty, but she tipped fine. I was more worried about what was going through her mind to make her want to do that or to think it's okay to leave a table covered in napkins of chewed-up food."
"We have this guy come in almost every week and order the same thing. Penne pasta by itself in a bowl. In a separate bowl, some Alfredo sauce. On yet another plate blackened chicken cut into cubes for him. Another dang plate: sauteed green bell peppers and finally sauteed onions, and yes, all separately. He comes in with 3 other people who order off the menu. He makes you stand there at the table while he proceeds to then mix everything up himself and give the other dishes right back.
No one understands what in the world his deal is."
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"I used to work at McDonald's and every morning this lady would come through and ask for a coffee with hot mustard. She would always order EXACTLY like this:
'I want a small decaf with a hot mustard on the side. It's for my daughter, she mixes them together because she's pregnant! Ahhahahahahhah! Isn't that crazy?'
[pulls up to pay]
'Here's my money for my pregnant daughters CRAAAAZY coffee! ahahahahahh!'
[pulls up to pick-up window]
'Thanks for the coffee, my pregnant daughter loves this can you believe it?'
Then she would mix it right there at the window while trying to get the most attention as possible before driving off.
"When I was a barista, an older woman would come in and order 15 shots of decaf espresso (which is like a $16 drink). When I asked why, she said she would drink it over the next few days, a few sips at a time for a pick-me-up. I shouldn't have to explain why this is freaking weird for multiple reasons."
"When I was doing In-Room Dining in a fancy hotel, I had a guest make the following order:
-6 Double Stoli Sodas
-A bowl of whole, uncut limes
-Fresh cracked pepper
-A side of mayo
Upon bringing these items to his room, I presented my pepper grinder and asked where he'd like the pepper. He proceeded to direct me to grind pepper onto the bowl of uncut limes for at least a full 60 seconds and then, as a parting gesture, asked me to 'take that mayo back with [me].'
I made like $50 off the order, but it was pretty much the weirdest thing ever."
"I've worked mostly fine dining so going off the menu is rare, but recently had a guy order his filet extra well done with a side of ranch, blue cheese, ketchup, Heinz 57 (which we don't have) and honey mustard. Slice, dip, eat then to the next sauce. Easier ways to waste 50 bucks."
"I had a woman come in and tell me 'I'd like a lemonade with no ice. I'm freezing and don't want it to be too cold.' Ok sure one lemonade no ice coming up.
While I was gone she's looking at the drink menu and sees our Icelandic lemonade (an adult frozen lemonade) and asks me if she can get the kid version. 'So a frozen lemonade?' 'Yes.' So this lady is too cold for ice in her drink but she wants a frozen lemonade? I remember her being super picky about the rest of her food and flipping her lid about us being out of avocados too."
"At Subway I had a couple of odd orders.
First was only odd because she was like 90 lbs and she wanted a soaking wet sub. She wanted a 6 inch, two pieces of turkey, no veggies, half a bottle of mayo. Also, I had a friend who worked at the coffee shop, and the same girl's coffee order was small iced coffee, one cream, 10 sugars.
The second odd order was: cut the bread completely in half, toast the top. Place exactly four pieces of cheese on the bottom so it covers the whole of the bread, mayo on top of that, more mayo then lettuce but I was instructed to take two fingers and my thumb to grab it, place it down on the sandwich, and do that three times. Then add cucumbers and tomatoes, alternating. Then they wanted the turkey and ham laid flat on top. Replace the top, and toast again.
Another one - footlong Spicy Italian, double meat, double cheese, no veggies, and mayo on Herb and Cheese bread. That's 40 slices of Pepperoni and Salami on bread that is baked with cheese on it. If I had to guess this topped out at about 1,200 calories. Also, they got a large diet soda and some cookies."
"A VERY pregnant woman seated with 3 very rowdy, obnoxious men. They all order sweet tea. She looks me dead in the eye and says, 'Now honey, I'm the type of girl who likes to chew on her sweet tea.' I had no idea what that meant until less than five minutes later, I return to the table with a pitcher, refill their glasses, and realize that the sugar caddy was empty. The woman asks me to bring her more sugar.
So I come back with enough to refill the caddy (a small handful). She says, 'No. I need more than that.' And I ask, 'How much more?' and she hands me an untouched appetizer plate and says, 'Fill this up.' So at this point, I'm making my way over to the drawer where we keep the sugar. I fill the plate with the rest of what was left in the drawer - about 25 sugar packets, give or take. I bring her that and the pitcher to refill again. The whole table is guzzling this stuff down, but she is the only one adding extra sugar.
They were there for about three and a half hours. I refilled her sugar plate at least 4 times, having to go into the back and open up a whole new box of Domino sugar packets."
"Used to have this guy come in for a carvery and ask for just fat instead of a proper slice of meat.
I don't mean crackling or anything that might be considered appetizing but a plate full of wobbly gelatinous fat. This guy was huge, easily 300lb."
"The restaurant I used to work at had several vegetarian options already on the menu (probably about a dozen) and most of them could be very easily modified to be vegan. We had four veggie sandwiches, several different vegetarian 'burgers,' two different salads, a couple of mushroom and potato dishes, a pasta dish - all of them could be made vegan, and still taste pretty good, with the simplest of substitutions like 'sub mayo for mustard' or 'hold the cheese.'
Despite that, this woman comes in one night and insists we make the meatiest sandwich we sell vegan for her. This thing contains no vegetables at all; only the bread is vegan-friendly. The sandwich was two types of meat, two types of cheese, and mayonnaise. The sandwich somehow ended up being some kind of mushroom-avocado-mustard-marinara sauce monstrosity with lettuce and tomatoes - served hot. It looked absolutely disgusting, and the girl who'd taken her order had pretty much openly expressed how skeptical she was. The woman ate the whole thing, but I'm pretty sure she did it out of spite."
"I worked in a few full-service restaurants but the weirdest was actually back when I worked at Chick-fil-a in high school. This lady came in and just wanted a grilled chicken patty with one piece of lettuce in a separate container. She said she wanted them both in the deluxe containers, not the original (for those that have never been to Chick-fil-a that's like a bag vs box). And she wanted a diet coke with 10 full ice cubes, no half ice cubes.
She also wanted 10 full fries, again, no half ones or anything, just the big flat ones. My manager was all 'the customer is always right' so I spent 15 minutes preparing her order making sure everything was right and trying to explain to the cooks exactly how to make it."
"When I worked at Subway, late one night, two of the largest and most bizarre dudes I'd ever seen walked in. They reminded me of '80s era TV wrestlers. Maybe they were. They each ordered two footlongs apiece with nothing but onions and BBQ sauce. So much onions it emptied the onion container. I assumed they had their own sandwich stuff in the car and they just wanted our bread but they sat down and ate them there.
We also had a guy periodically come in and demand we cut his tomatoes and stuff in quarters then arrange them geometrically on his salad, whatever the heck that's supposed to mean."
"I worked at a fast food sort of cafe. A guy came in with his daughter who was around 12. He ordered a BLT for himself and a ham and cheese quiche for his daughter. Transaction went fine, and his food was brought to his table no problem.
He comes up a couple minutes later asking if there were any eggs in the quiche since his daughter is allergic. I was like 'Uhh.. yes there is. It's basically an egg pastry/cake.'
I think I ended up swapping the quiche for another sandwich. I couldn't believe he didn't know there were eggs in a quiche and ordered it anyways without knowing what's in it for his daughter."
"I'm a banquet hall waitress. At one event, the little treats given to the guests (i.e. the 'thanks for coming' presents) were candy apples - they were covered in really elaborate icing, sprinkles, the works. This one guy asked me if I could get him a bowl of hot water so that he could put his candied apple in the bowl, get rid of the icing, and eat a regular apple... The icing really didn't want to come off, he made a huge mess, and he didn't eat the apple. Sigh."
"While I was waiting tables at Cracker Barrel, we had this regular who would come in once or twice a week and order the meal which was 6 side dishes. Except he got all chicken and dumplings, hold the chicken. So essentially he ate two whole plates of dumplings.
He tipped like 10 bucks every time so I wasn't complaining."
"I used to work at a pizza place that also did subs.
We would toast the subs in the oven, with cheese and meat on them, then put the vegetables and condiments on.
One lady had a regular order that was something like...
Ham, turkey, swiss cheese (sounds good), dripping with thousand island dressing, lettuce, pickles, and red onions.
The thing is, she wanted the whole sandwich made, THEN put into the oven.
It came out looking like a barf sandwich. The idea of wilted baked lettuce was the worst too.
She was a super nice lady though - even crocheted me a pair of slippers."