It’s no news that working in the food service industry is a tough and thankless job. Yet, the most difficult part may not even be the long hours, low pay, or cruel bosses. For many of the employees, it’s the nightmarish customers who feel entitled to treat other human beings like garbage.

Whether these people are physically assaulting servers, stealing tips, or letting their kids run around like it’s their playground—they deserve to be publicly shamed for acting like complete jerks.

Bored Panda compiled a list full of the most horrible clients that ever set foot in a restaurant. In fact, some of these pictures are so bad, you can't help but scratch your head and think what on earth is going on. Scroll down below to check them out, and don’t forget to upvote the most unbelievable ones.

Psst! If you’re in the mood for some more horrible customer stories, take a look at our previous posts about it right here and here.

#1

Customers Assaulted Me With Drinks And Food. My Back Is Bruised By How Hard A Grown Man Threw His Drinks At Me. Can I Press Charges?

Customers Assaulted Me With Drinks And Food. My Back Is Bruised By How Hard A Grown Man Threw His Drinks At Me. Can I Press Charges?

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#2

Woman Gives Bad Review Because She Didn't Get Hired

Woman Gives Bad Review Because She Didn't Get Hired

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Many restaurant workers are getting sick and tired of clients treating them like pawns on a chessboard. It often seems that customers are feeling a lot of anger and frustration and think that it’s completely normal to take it out on their server. The question is, why do some people believe that they are entitled to act this way?

Melanie Morrison, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Saskatchewan, said that when it comes to demeaning and disrespectful behavior, there are three contingents. First, there’s the issue of social dominance—people believing that they actually deserve to be more powerful and dominant over others. 

According to her, these people are often the leaders in an organization with subordinates lower on a hierarchical structure: "There's still that belief that they have a socially dominant position, they have more power over this individual and they'll treat them in a demeaning way because of that."

#3

This Server, Who Served This Iconic Line

This Server, Who Served This Iconic Line

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#4

The Shade

The Shade

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope that this was shared to social media, so that creep could be identified and arrested.

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The second one includes the slightly marginalized groups that don’t actually hold any socially dominant position in our society. However, if they go to a restaurant, they can suddenly feel in control. "They can become somebody who has been given a bit of power over a server in that moment," Morrison said. "They can treat them in a demeaning way and be powerful in that environment because the conditions allow them to be."

Finally, there are people who are just plain impolite. The professor mentioned that people who fall in this group are just rude and it doesn’t connect to the sense of power at all. 

#5

I'm A Waitress. I Gave This Table Everything They Needed, Quickly, And Get This Lovely Tip

I'm A Waitress. I Gave This Table Everything They Needed, Quickly, And Get This Lovely Tip

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#6

This Grown Man Throwing His Candy Wrappers For Me To Sweep Up During Work

This Grown Man Throwing His Candy Wrappers For Me To Sweep Up During Work

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Bubs623
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one really pisses me off. How old are you and didn't you learn basic etiquette? He looks old enough to remember the public push for not littering : give a hoot! Don't pollute! (The mascot was an owl). Just nasty

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She added that people who tend to be empathetic to a server’s mistakes are usually those who previously worked in the restaurant business themselves. However, there’s nothing wrong with having certain expectations. 

"If it's something surrounding the food or the environment or something, then you can ask for some changes. … Take a breath. Think about it. Look realistically at the server—is that the server's fault?"

#7

Instagram Is Killing Food

Instagram Is Killing Food

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#8

Letting Your 9 Year Old Kids Eat The Watermelon In The Salad Put It Back. They Were Also Poking The Fruit

Letting Your 9 Year Old Kids Eat The Watermelon In The Salad Put It Back. They Were Also Poking The Fruit

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Whatever happened to, "parents must accompany children to the buffet?" I hope they had to pay for the wasted food that their brat caused.

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Ever since the pandemic began, there’s a recurring trend: humans appear to have forgotten how to be nice to each other. Especially when it comes to interacting with people whose job is to help and assist another person. 

The lockdowns, isolation, and many other things that came with the pandemic have been with us for so long that it might have left a negative impact on our emotional health. People feel especially frustrated when it seems that life is coming back to normal but new threats and restrictions come their way. It doesn’t take long to realize that this unique situation will be the new normal, and many are still not prepared for it.

#9

This Mother

This Mother

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May
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One of my friends did this at my house once - just laid her baby down on the dining table and changed the diaper. She put the dirty diaper right on the table (just pee, but still) and didn't even wash her hands when she was done. My other friends and I were all too stunned to say anything, but it definitely made us see her differently.

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#10

Letting Your Kid Watch A Movie On Full Volume In A Restaurant

Letting Your Kid Watch A Movie On Full Volume In A Restaurant

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Ansgar
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Someone should tell them there's a thing called "headphones". Tooootally cool invention! (... and then there's a thing called "basic human decency" ...

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Bernard Golden, Ph.D., a psychologist and the author of Overcoming Destructive Anger, told TIME that during this period, people’s threat system is at a heightened level. "During COVID, there has been an increase in anxiety, a reported increase in depression, and an increased demand for mental health services," he added. 

It looks like the easiest targets to vent and express frustration are people who work in the service industry. "It’s displaced anger," Golden explained. "They’re angry about other things but they take it out in those encounters."

#11

Restaurant Customer Caught Taking An Upskirt Picture Of Underage Host

Restaurant Customer Caught Taking An Upskirt Picture Of Underage Host

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And then what? The cops were called? Put his fu*king gob all over the internet so we can all see what a dirty pervert he is. I take it this happened as we're staring at the photos.

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#12

This Lady Has Been On The Phone Since She Sat Down, While Her Kid Is Running Around Doing This To The Salt Shakers

This Lady Has Been On The Phone Since She Sat Down, While Her Kid Is Running Around Doing This To The Salt Shakers

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He continued: "We don’t filter ourselves as much as we used to. On the internet, people feel like they can say anything. They no longer guard themselves. And I think they transfer that lack of filter into public life. I think from leadership that we’ve had in the last number of years, that’s only been more encouraged."

#13

At My Local Chinese Buffet's Restoom, Why Are People This Way

At My Local Chinese Buffet's Restoom, Why Are People This Way

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#14

Couple Prioritizes Their Food Over A Dying Man

Couple Prioritizes Their Food Over A Dying Man

Shoutout to the most selfish couple. Someone was having a heart attack at Roma’s and while the server was helping the man out, this couple started complaining about their food not being served to them immediately.

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#15

The Nerve Of This Lady

The Nerve Of This Lady

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NeonDisco
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So u waited the equivalent of one minute per sub?, I look forward to the 'Lifetime' movie detailing ur suffering.

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The treatment restaurant workers are currently getting from such nightmarish customers seems almost unbearable. At the end of the day, it does not matter if people think they’re better or more worthy than everyone else—acting like a total jerk to others should never be justified.

#16

Trashy And Just Plain Stupid

Trashy And Just Plain Stupid

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#17

If You Do This Because “Someone Is Paid To Clean It Up” Frick You

If You Do This Because “Someone Is Paid To Clean It Up” Frick You

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#18

Entitled Military Spouse Demands Free Meals

Entitled Military Spouse Demands Free Meals

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Vortex Lazer
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Military spouses does not entitle you to anything...

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#19

Way To Put Essential Workers' Families At Risk Right Before The Holiday Season

Way To Put Essential Workers' Families At Risk Right Before The Holiday Season

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Littlemiss
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just shoot the mongrels who do this. Fix the issue.

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#20

This Is What Someone Left At A Buffet Because They Were Mad They Found 2 Dirty Plates And Were Asked To Wear A Mask

This Is What Someone Left At A Buffet Because They Were Mad They Found 2 Dirty Plates And Were Asked To Wear A Mask

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#21

Just Chillin At The Coffee Shop

Just Chillin At The Coffee Shop

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#22

All You Can Drink

All You Can Drink

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ThEboRedEsTpANdA
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ew, ew, ew, ew, ew, ew, ew, ew, ew, ew, and more ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww like what the actual fúck is this

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#24

Seriously

Seriously

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Moosy Girl
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was outraged the first 12 times I saw this one.

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#25

Squatting On A Restaurant Table For A Picture

Squatting On A Restaurant Table For A Picture

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#26

Watched This Family Put These Trays Full Of Food On The Ground Instead Of Cleaning It Up. I Only Cleaned It Up After I Watched Someone Trip Over It

Watched This Family Put These Trays Full Of Food On The Ground Instead Of Cleaning It Up. I Only Cleaned It Up After I Watched Someone Trip Over It

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#27

He Found The One Good Seat

He Found The One Good Seat

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#28

I Was Waiting For My Order At Pizza Hut When This Girl Comes Out Of The Bathroom With A Roll Of Toilet Paper. Needless To Say, She Left The Restaurant With It

I Was Waiting For My Order At Pizza Hut When This Girl Comes Out Of The Bathroom With A Roll Of Toilet Paper. Needless To Say, She Left The Restaurant With It

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Blue Purple
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

how would you not be embarrassed to do something like that???

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#29

Make Yourself At Home, But In A Public Starbucks

Make Yourself At Home, But In A Public Starbucks

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Rijkærd
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ugly ass looking stubby shrivelled carrot looking toes...

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#30

Nice Restaurant- Kid Watching Cartoons On Volume 100

Nice Restaurant- Kid Watching Cartoons On Volume 100

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I guess the phone is cheaper than getting a human babysitter and leaving the crotch goblin at home.

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#31

This Is My Home Town

This Is My Home Town

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Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is absolutely illegal. Time to call the cops. Maybe he will end up on the sex offender registry

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#32

The Absolute State That People Have Left This KFC In

The Absolute State That People Have Left This KFC In

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A B C
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm feeling so sorry for those who have to clean this shít up.

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#33

Gender Reveal In A Restaurant? Why Not I Guess

Gender Reveal In A Restaurant? Why Not I Guess

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Zaza
Community Member
1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am so grateful to not live in a rotten 3rd world country like that. Some students trashed a restaurant a few years ago, you know what happened? They were hunted down by the police and given huge fines. They were all over the newspapers. And their fraternity was reprimanded and had income deducted. Y'all need to do better and stop letting people get away with s**t just because they are the customers EDIT BECAUSE NITPICKING ASSHATS I'm saying the US is rotten and is a 3rd world country. I never mentioned other countries, I don't mean any other country. I am not shitting on any other country, developing or not. ALso I never said my country was perfect, that's completely besides the point

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#34

This Racist Note Left At A Thai Restaurant In My City

This Racist Note Left At A Thai Restaurant In My City

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I I
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

says the American speaking English , shouldn't you be speaking Native American ? cheeky bugger going to another country and not learning the language

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#35

So My Co-Worker Got This Today

So My Co-Worker Got This Today

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#36

Dog Owners Who Think This Is OK In A Restaurant

Dog Owners Who Think This Is OK In A Restaurant

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#37

They Continue To Sit At Their Table Hours After Closing Time, Totally Indifferent To The Fact You Have To Wait Around For Them To Leave So You Can Close Up

They Continue To Sit At Their Table Hours After Closing Time, Totally Indifferent To The Fact You Have To Wait Around For Them To Leave So You Can Close Up

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Zaza
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sooo... why the f*ck haven't you tossed them out then? Seriously murica, the reason crap like this happens is that you let them. Stop letting asshats walk all over you

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#38

Said She Doesn't Come To The Mexican Restaurant For The Food, It's For The Free WiFi

Said She Doesn't Come To The Mexican Restaurant For The Food, It's For The Free WiFi

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#39

This Family Let Their Kid Crawl All Over The Restaurant Floor, Nearly Tripping Several Servers

This Family Let Their Kid Crawl All Over The Restaurant Floor, Nearly Tripping Several Servers

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Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Step on it's fingers "accidentally". People will learn

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#40

Treating A Server Like This Is Trashy (Facepalm)

Treating A Server Like This Is Trashy (Facepalm)

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#41

Leaving This As A Tip

Leaving This As A Tip

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pretty much sums Trumpsters up. Obnoxious, horrifically rude to people in service jobs and will tell them to get a better job but freak out when they have to wait for food service.

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#42

If You’re A Parent, Do Not Let Your Kids Make A Mess Like This

If You’re A Parent, Do Not Let Your Kids Make A Mess Like This

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Mistralok
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My God I can only imagine what their house looks like.

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#43

What A Disgusting Way To Not Tip

What A Disgusting Way To Not Tip

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#44

Smoking In A Non-Smoking Restaurant Because You Do What You Have To

Smoking In A Non-Smoking Restaurant Because You Do What You Have To

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It stinks, it won't be "secret" but its not a surprise. The pandemic has revealed how selfish and stupid people can be

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#45

He Took The Fan That Was Blowing Cool Air Throughout The Whole Café, And Turned It So It Only Pointed Onto Himself

He Took The Fan That Was Blowing Cool Air Throughout The Whole Café, And Turned It So It Only Pointed Onto Himself

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#46

Welcome To Oklahoma, Where Bringing Your AR15 To A Restaurant Is Normal

Welcome To Oklahoma, Where Bringing Your AR15 To A Restaurant Is Normal

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Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How to tell the world you are a Republican who is deeply insecure in your masculinity

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#47

She Demanded A Child Seat And The Confused Waiter Brought One

She Demanded A Child Seat And The Confused Waiter Brought One

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Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Its a 4 person booth. Is she really too fat to put it on the seat next to her?

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#48

A Customer Today Wanted To Return Some Produce Because "It Was Too Ripe", I Asked Him If He Had Already Tried Eating It In Anyway. He Said "Does It Look Like I Touched It?"

A Customer Today Wanted To Return Some Produce Because "It Was Too Ripe", I Asked Him If He Had Already Tried Eating It In Anyway. He Said "Does It Look Like I Touched It?"

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#49

This Person Who Thought It Was OK To Put The Dog On The Counter Where People Eat

This Person Who Thought It Was OK To Put The Dog On The Counter Where People Eat

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Joe Reaves
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolutely asshole behaviour. But that is one cute pup. Asshole needs to leave, but the dog can stay (just not there)

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#50

The Friend Said "I'll Take The Kids To The Car While You Clean". The Mother Looked At It Said "Not My Problem" And Left

The Friend Said "I'll Take The Kids To The Car While You Clean". The Mother Looked At It Said "Not My Problem" And Left

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Stoopham McFernybabes
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When we ate out with little ones, I always found that if I asked for a dustpan and brush to clean up the staff would say “Oh - don’t worry about it! We’ll do it”. Which was incredibly nice of them. But also sad that they were stuck doing it and that that was the standard mess they were used to cleaning up.

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