Getting the job done often involves making a few mistakes along the way. But when you accept your hiccups and make amends with your inadequacies, they stop haunting you and evolve into funny stories you can use to make people smile.

When Twitter user @lilyannatrnr heard her boyfriend tell her about the time he was working as a server at a "posh hotel" and completely misunderstood a client, she thought the anecdote was so funny, it definitely belonged on Twitter. And she wasn't the only one.

The tweet detailing the fail has already received over 243K likes and inspired other food industry workers to share their fails as well. I don't know if this thread proves that we will soon be replaced by AI or shows that humans can't leave a brother to suffer on his own, but it sure makes restaurants, bars, and coffee shops look like fun places to work at. Sometimes.

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

Well, that's pretty dang funny actually!

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Twitter user @fleursaugefille was one of the people who joined the fun. When they worked at a college cafeteria, they didn't know what kosher was. When the time came to serve a Jewish convention and someone asked @fleursaugefille if the bacon bits were kosher, they thought the question was "Are these for sure?" as in "Can we eat them?" so they replied "Sure, go ahead." 

"I worked at the cafeteria for three years but I was only 14 when I started," @fleursaugefille told Bored Panda. "I agree that [such mistakes don't necessarily make someone a bad employee] but it also shows that my employer should've educated us on what kosher was."

"I'm not sure if there's any real resolution to the story because they ate the bacon bits and I never heard about it again!"

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Panda Kicki
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2 months ago

That sea breeze was much more healthy for him 😂.

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Debby Carreau, who has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 25 HR Professionals, says it's completely normal to feel embarrassed, ashamed, disappointed or worried that you might get fired after making a mistake at work. "Accept what happened and allow yourself to take in those emotions — but not for too long. Then, take a few deep breaths and tell yourself, It’s not the end of the world," Carreau wrote.

Realizing that will allow you to really analyze the situation. "Pretend it was someone else that made the mistake and evaluate what happened with a calm, objective eye."

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postboredom
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2 months ago

we know who is the daftie here

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Next, determine if there's a way to fix your mistake. Should you have that opportunity, do it immediately. "Then, let your boss know what happened and apologize. Depending on how big or small the mistake was, you can do it via email or in person," Carreau explained. Keep it short and get to the point: 'Hi [X], I sent you the wrong sales report this morning. I'm so sorry about that. I just emailed you the correct one, but please let me know if there's anything else I can do. If any of your colleagues were affected by the mistake, reach out and apologize to them as well."

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Ms.M.
Community Member
2 months ago

hahaha... CLASSIC!

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Consider having a private meeting with your boss. "This isn't always necessary, but if your mistake led to some serious consequences, ask your boss if you can have a private meeting. When you have your sit-down, be factual, clear and take responsibility: 'I wanted to apologize again for [X] and explain to you what happened.'" A good boss expects you to make mistakes, so don't whine or try to come up with excuses.

After you've explained what happened, offer a solution. "You might say: 'I know I already missed the deadline, but I can stay late today to finish things up.' If you truly can't think of a solution, just be honest: 'I want to rectify the situation, but I'm not sure how. What can I do to make things better?'"

Don't forget to adjust your work style until you find a routine that works best for you. With the right mindset, making mistakes can lead to personal growth, so be kind to yourself, eliminate any negative self-talk, and then let it go.

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
2 months ago

So, steamed hams? Must have been in Albany.

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Pauline Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

I think I'd like that!

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Pauline Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

He should have asked for the egress the idiot.

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Viviane
Community Member
2 months ago

That does the good reverend Spooner proud!

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Pauline Bennett
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2 months ago

I hope it was supermarket stuff and not the good stuff!

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Dónal Ó Murchadha
Community Member
2 months ago

Just to explain. When somebody says and take one for yourself. It doesnt literally have one with us. It means take the price of a drink from the change as a tip.

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

Gave him a MUG of espresso

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Kenny Kulbiski
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2 months ago

Guess I've led a sheltered life, I've never heard of plaice either.

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H Edwards
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2 months ago

Imagine going to Olive Garden and getting snooty about the mussels lol (I'm not from the USA and I've never been to Olive Garden, but I gather it's not exactly fine dining)

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

i want to know how the costumer looked like after tasting it

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Pauline Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

Chuckle!

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Riani Kivela
Community Member
2 months ago

They might have been asking for pastured chicken, and just got the wording wrong.

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H Edwards
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2 months ago

It is kind of stupid that vodka and orange has its own name. It doesn't seem necessary to name drinks that only have two ingredients.

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

*splutters*

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Pauline Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

He was an A-hole. Ignore the turd.

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

nah, a polaroid

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Panda Kicki
Community Member
2 months ago

A Jewish convention and noone could have given the staff some basic info on what to serve and not? This is really bad.

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Anna Te
Community Member
2 months ago

You should feel bad about calling him/her a"dwarf". Or is this an appropriate way to say this in english? I am not a native speaker, in my country this is very rude.

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a comment from a little person: "Midget used to be the technical term for it until people decided it was offensive so they went with little person or dwarf. Now little person I find more offensive because your saying they aren’t a real person just a little one which is more dehumanising while dwarf is literally a term used to describe human like creatures from fantasy stories like lord of the rings." https://www.quora.com/As-someone-with-dwarfism-which-term-do-you-prefer-little-person-midget-or-dwarf

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Pauline Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

To err is human.

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
2 months ago

... to moo is bovine.

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Robyn Scott
Community Member
2 months ago

They are a person. They have achondroplasia. They are a person with achondroplasia. Yes, it takes a bit longer to say but it's worth it to keep things dignified and respectful.

DREW JONES
Community Member
2 months ago

Ask Peter Dinklage about it. I respect him as a man and an actor. He's "yay" tall; police would want a more exact measurement, if he were to misbehave badly, which he is free to do.

El Dee
Community Member
2 months ago

I very nearly asked to speak to someone's mum when she answered the door. Yes, she was child sized and wearing children's style pyjamas but I should've been paying more attention. Although I didn't say it she knew I nearly had - super embarrassing..

Laura Maeflower
Community Member
2 months ago

I mean there's all this person first stuff going around. Why not just say "the person with dwarfism"? We don't call people with progeria anything. We just say they have progeria.

Jeny Kennedy
Community Member
2 months ago

I was going to say the same thing. Why not just call people "people. And if they have unique characteristics, say "a person with (blank)". In this case, I would have said "a person who was 4 foot tall." I've been using person first language for over a decade as a result of working in a peer run drop in center for people who experience homelessness, mental health, and addiction issues. It was easy to pick up and it actually started to change how I saw people....you know...SEEING PEOPLE AS PEOPLE...people who are complex and multi-dimensional who are more than just one thing. Not an "addict" but a PERSON (who loves and has dreams and is funny and witty and creative) who experiences addiction. We should all be trying to see each other as more than the labels we seem to like to throw around nowadays.

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Keith Wollenberg
Community Member
2 months ago

It seems likely the person was hurt, but since it was an accident, I think it's time to forgive yourself. I'm sure the injured party has forgiven you.

Nancy Tate-Leach
Community Member
2 months ago

Person-first language. A man with dwarfism.

Ingrid Kelly
Community Member
2 months ago

The proper term is little person

LaWanda Nepstad
Community Member
2 months ago

On a popular TV show in the US, "Little People, Big World", the family has two dwarf parents and one dwarf child (now an adult). They have three other children of "average size". The dwarf child is a twin to one of the average sized children. They always used 'little people' to describe themselves and others. But the "little person" child and his wife call their own children "dwarf" sometimes. Dwarfism is a medical condition and there are different types.

Ellaphant
Community Member
2 months ago

Not funny or worth the post

Adam C
Community Member
2 months ago

Hahaha

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Scagsy
Community Member
2 months ago

What a feast! Two little matchstick Quail legs!

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Philler Space
Community Member
2 months ago

Have always wondered how you know the sour cream has gone bad.

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Pauline Bennett
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2 months ago

I hope you think of it once a day because its funny. Not because you made a mistake.

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Pauline Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

I assume scaalloped potatoes? Honey they aint fried!

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Ms.M.
Community Member
2 months ago

Alas, "calamari" sounds much more appetizing than "sliced squid"...

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Pauline Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

no! not the dog.

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Yvonne Blau
Community Member
2 months ago

I just had to google orange wine. Never heard of it before.

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Becklass
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2 months ago

I went on a posh gin tasting Experience with my sister. When asked how it tasted, all she could think of was saying was ‘ginny’. I love my sister!

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