When you don’t have any expectations, you can’t get disappointed. But when there’s an advertisement for a delicious meal shoved right up in your face but you get served a big pile of cheap-looking cooking, you can’t help but get angry.

Nobody expects picture-perfect food at restaurants. However, some of these meals are so incomparable to their ads, Bored Panda just had to show you side-by-side examples. Check them out below, upvote the most egregious cuisine lies, and let us know about the times when a restaurant has made you swear like a souped-up version of Gordon Ramsay.

We’re not talking just about fast food here. Restaurants in seemingly good standing are also known to violate the most basic tenet of human relations ever: don’t mess with someone’s food. (Though, come to think of it, can you really expect anything good from places that have pictures of food on their menus? Kidding! Haha! Just kidding! Please don’t hurt me, Picture Menu Restaurant Mafia.)

#1

My "Cookies And Cream Stuffed French Toast" From Ihop

My "Cookies And Cream Stuffed French Toast" From Ihop

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Leroy Fong
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1 month ago

look like someone took a sh*t on it

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#2

I Ordered Bruschetta From My Local Pizza Shop

I Ordered Bruschetta From My Local Pizza Shop

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

That monstrosity doesn’t even deserve the name bruschetta.

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#3

Cheese Fries From Buffalo Wild Wings

Cheese Fries From Buffalo Wild Wings

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

Is the cheese colour natural?

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As I see it, there are two main problems when it comes to sloppy reality being far from the picture-perfect gourmet meals you expect to receive. And they have a lot to do with our expectations. The problems are all about the actual cooking standards and the way food adverts can raise our expectations too high.

The first issue is very human: sometimes, the people making your food don’t 'five a guck' about what you’ll get served or they mess up and decide to put the meals out anyway. They might be overworked and burned out. Or they might be lazy and inattentive.

The solution here is simple (and incredibly hard at the same time)—the kitchen staff need to find the inner motivation to take pride in their work. Meanwhile, management needs to maintain acceptable standards. If you wouldn’t eat something you make, why would you expect your customer to? It’s better for the food to be late but presentable instead of rushed and disappointing.

#4

This Steak Salad That Looks Nothing Like It's Advertised

This Steak Salad That Looks Nothing Like It's Advertised

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Samantha Lomb
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1 month ago

The second looks like when you throw all the leftovers in the fridge together at 2 am because you have the munchies

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#5

This Is So Outrageous

This Is So Outrageous

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Erin Presley-Froemke
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1 month ago

Jameson and Ginger had been online dating for a while, when the day came where they would finally meet.....

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#6

Subway Pizza

Subway Pizza

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

Is the base uncooked?

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The second problem, however, is directly related to how things are advertised. What you see on the menus are the ‘perfect’ versions of meals that restaurants want you to see. While some restaurants go for amateur snaps, others go all out and hire professional food stylists to turn grub into glamor shots.

Food styling is an art. Pros can end up using a whole array of tools, from tweezers and tape to blowtorches and paint. So when you take so much time and effort to create a work of art, can somebody in the kitchen who is under pressure really deliver something that’s comparable? Sometimes? Yes! Always? Dear Lord, no.

#7

Menu vs. What They Served Me. No, Millennials Didn’t Kill Appleby’s, They Committed Suicide

Menu vs. What They Served Me. No, Millennials Didn’t Kill Appleby’s, They Committed Suicide

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

The title though! 😂

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#8

Taco Bell’s Grande Stacker Box

Taco Bell’s Grande Stacker Box

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

They forgot the filling.

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#9

Burger King Grill Dog Cheddar And Bacon

Burger King Grill Dog Cheddar And Bacon

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Adam C
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1 month ago (edited)

for one second I thought the sausage was missing.

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#10

Part Of A $3.50 School Lunch. Picture On The Menu And What Was Served

Part Of A $3.50 School Lunch. Picture On The Menu And What Was Served

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

School lunch?!?!? Seriously? Those poor kids..

Lyra Fortune
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, and including the calorie count isn't a great move either, body image is forced so much already that adding sprinkles of this can lead to disordered eating. I speak from experience.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

So American kids not only have to worry about Covid-19 and school shooters but also about food poisoning or malnourishment?

Hermione Granger
Community Member
1 month ago

In America your lucky to get something edible 2 time a week...

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Evelína Zlá
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1 month ago (edited)

It looks like it fell on the floor sometime during its way to you...and not just once... and maybe someone stepped on it?

BusLady
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1 month ago

You made me laugh out loud.

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Zophra
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like stained ceiling tiles. Ugh.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

That looks absolutely revolting.

Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
1 month ago

As a former lunch lady, I can say not a single sun butter and jelly that I made ever looked like that. We would be in serious trouble if we ever served that to a kid. That sandwich on the right looks like it sat in a locker for a few weeks judging by the mold on the bread. And of course all of the sandwiches we made were made to order, meaning the kid ordered on the spot and waited in line.

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
1 week ago

I think/hope I agree. Whoever put that in was (hopefully) exaggerating

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COcO BAMa
Community Member
1 month ago

they didnt put the heart they dont love you

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 month ago

School lunch = prison lunch. Not even being snarky; they're often served by the exact same vendors.

Pasion Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

paint chips included??? lmao what IS that?

PeachPossum
Community Member
1 month ago

That is a bite out of the bread. You are seeing the paper placemat (or whatever it is) underneath.

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mAHiMa kUmAr
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah I would not eat that

Torchicachu
Community Member
1 month ago

ewww it looks moldyy

BusLady
Community Member
1 month ago

I guess they figure kids will eat anything.

Amber Phillips
Community Member
2 weeks ago

yup it gets even worse than that

Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
1 month ago

sun butter 🤢🤮

Mary Haynes
Community Member
1 month ago

ISH

Purezz
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my...

Sarina Greenhaven
Community Member
1 month ago

You can see how much more love went into the picture than into the kids

PANDAS
Community Member
1 month ago

thats what i get too :(

Janet Bird
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh good grief...

Alexis LLoyd
Community Member
1 month ago

My lunch is way better than that

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

Since when did schools post a pic of lunch?! This is deplorable

pansexualandproud
Community Member
1 month ago

that looks so gross

Bubbs Art
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s not a lunch

Aleksandra Elias
Community Member
1 month ago

The paper there is maybe the most tasteful part

MaeRose
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like cultured mold on a bread. Why??!!

Mumof1
Community Member
4 weeks ago

reee-volting

Bunny
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is awful!

Doris Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

Disgusting!

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
1 month ago

that's disgusting

JD Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

A lot like the public school system here in America; “Everyone gets a healthy sandwich!... then, reality.

Rcath
Community Member
1 month ago

What's the blue thing? Holy crap.

Dawn K
Community Member
1 month ago

What the actual eff? Looks like something you might give your dog. Actually I don't think it's even fit for a dog to eat.

Flavia Slag
Community Member
1 month ago

What is that!!??

Brenda Johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

Was it fixed 2 months earlier? Gross!

Frogladysharon
Community Member
1 month ago

Horrible!!!!

Lorelei Michael
Community Member
1 month ago

Ewww is that even jelly tho?

Patricia Peel
Community Member
1 month ago

Pitiful for the poor kiddos!

Lisa Connell
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, Hope somebody called the health department!

Sharon Ingram
Community Member
1 month ago

Thanks Michelle.

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
1 month ago

How can that even be considered lunch? as well as being crap they could have at least spread it on the bread or made some kind of effort with it.

Jayda Estrella
Community Member
1 month ago

Frrrr ifykyk We ALWAYS get the leftovers

jevais
Community Member
1 month ago

Unbelievable, really school lunch? This is so shocking, I remembered with much fondness the wonderful school lunches at San Mateo, California, elementary school. No one cooked the roast chickens as well as our school cook. She made the best desserts, salades, and we always had many different vegetables, all this served with a carton of whole milk. Everything was wholesome, we couldn't wait for lunch break. My mother is a fine cook, so these school lunches were as good as mother's. All the children's plates went back to kitchen empty.

Sherry Hart
Community Member
1 month ago

This is EXACTLY the reason why I’ve been packing my kiddos lunch from Kindergarten to present. I refuse to eat what they serve so why should I let my kids eat it. I’ve packed bento boxes, hot thermos lunches in the winter, sub sandwiches, etc. Just try to get creative and change it up so the kids won’t get bored with it, plus you know exactly what your kids are eating because YOU packed it! 😊

Andrea Serrano Morales
Community Member
1 month ago

sums up all school lunches ive ever had...

Isabel Rocha
Community Member
1 month ago

Make your own food

Azziza
Community Member
1 month ago

This makes me rage.

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
1 month ago

3,50 for disgusting, nutrition free garbage. Way to care about the children.

Sarah Fry
Community Member
1 month ago

This is obviously radioactive

Bee Jairrels
Community Member
1 month ago

Every school lunch I ever had (up until middle school)

Louchebert
Community Member
1 month ago

What's the word I'm looking for? Aah, yeah... 'shart' that's the one :-(

Olivia Agave
Community Member
1 month ago

...eww

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 day ago

Our son told us about their lunches so we went to some event and Dad orded some chili. They droped the bowl on the floor top down, picked it up , filled it up and handed it to him, we didn't know he could talk that loud as he put it in the trash. Rest of the year,home cook meals.

Bethany Schaefer
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Those ‘chefs’ need to be fired and go to college again

Kathy Brown
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Prison food.

Kimberly Brown
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Looks like an underwear stain

Kennedy Longworth
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I like how you added a piece of poop to the photo on the right! But where's the sandwich?

VINCENT TACOS
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Moldy toast...

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 month ago

Good lord!!!

Billy the kid
Community Member
1 month ago

Is that a diaper/nappy on the right?

Luuta
Community Member
1 month ago

That's mould, phlegm, poo AND vomit.

Samantha Masterton
Community Member
1 month ago

And now featuring leaded paint chips for that specialist crunch!

Samantha Masterton
Community Member
1 month ago

*special

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Steven Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

I wouldn’t feed my dog that!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 month ago

I could make a comment about the Previous Administration's highly touted School Lunch Program, but I would probably get marked wrong again.

CHARLOTTE THAXTON
Community Member
1 month ago

ew

Gogubaci
Community Member
1 month ago

wth is that blue cardboard in there? surely somebody can be sued for this

Beigewood
Community Member
1 month ago

is that a shred of paper?

Sylas Lockwood
Community Member
1 month ago

WTF just WTF

Heidrance
Community Member
1 month ago

is that a piece of paper?

Storm Anne
Community Member
1 month ago

Somebody just took a big s**t on that bread

Tardis42
Community Member
1 month ago

I absolutely do not believe this is a picture of what the child actually got. I call fake on this one.

Sam Kunz
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank Michelle Obama for that one. You can do a search for the meals served under her forceful mandated change of school lunches

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

Disgusting and worse as for a child's lunch..poor kid.Is that a piece of paper or cardboard in it as well?I hope loud complaints were forthcoming to that canteen junk.

Logically Reasonable
Community Member
1 month ago

Mmmmm blood and scab sandwich!

Queen fhk
Community Member
1 month ago

WTF

bv7hearts
Community Member
1 month ago

Did...did someone s**t on that bread

Jane Doe
Community Member
1 month ago

Seriously ... ummm what the hell is it? It doesn’t look like peanut butter or jelly

Mr_Person
Community Member
1 month ago

wtf

Avery Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

I can’t believe they even took the time to make that little photo on the right, from my experience, you eat what you got for school lunch because you’re hungry even it’s disgusting because the majority of school lunch attendants (not all of them) don’t really care

Avery Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

Sorry the photo on the left I mean

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G Perrin
Community Member
1 month ago

Was the filter really necessary to make their point?

VANILLA
Community Member
1 month ago

Eww!!! That looks disgusting

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
1 month ago

No one spread that non-existent PB&J... just dolloped on. Appalling. I wouldn't eat that.

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like they scooped some poop with the sandwiches.

Chelle R.
Community Member
1 month ago

Puke🤢Puke🤮! And now a day's if a kid doesn't have any money on their accounts they don't get anything & or worse then that Puke!! This is so Freaking Wrong!!

Misty Mills
Community Member
1 month ago

Meanwhile the police get 1 mil for their budget 😾

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#11

A Texas Sized Disappointment

A Texas Sized Disappointment

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BusLady
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1 month ago

Apparently, they don't know the meaning of the word BIG.

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#12

The 3 Pieces Of Lettuce Was A Nice Touch I Guess

The 3 Pieces Of Lettuce Was A Nice Touch I Guess

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Truth Monster
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1 month ago

its a taco which shows you its future

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#13

Dreams Were Dashed At The Airport

Dreams Were Dashed At The Airport

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

Weight watchers version.

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#14

Grilled Salmon At The Mall Food Court

Grilled Salmon At The Mall Food Court

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks dried out.

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#15

Expectation vs. 2020

Expectation vs. 2020

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BusLady
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1 month ago

Sums up 2020?

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#16

Taco Bell, I Try To Love You, So Why Do You Treat Me This Way??

Taco Bell, I Try To Love You, So Why Do You Treat Me This Way??

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Phoebe Bean
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1 month ago

Shred Chicken BLur (I hardly see it!!)

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#17

Restaurant’s Charcuterie Board As Advertised vs. What I Got

Restaurant’s Charcuterie Board As Advertised vs. What I Got

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Call Me Mars
Community Member
1 month ago

Now you know they have a sponser from Babybel!

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#18

Damn, I Am So Looking Forward To Eating This Delicious Burger With Copious Amounts Of Guacamole, Just As Advertised, And Then- Oh Wait..

Damn, I Am So Looking Forward To Eating This Delicious Burger With Copious Amounts Of Guacamole, Just As Advertised, And Then- Oh Wait..

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
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1 month ago

You don't remember the great avocado shortage of 2017?

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#19

Tim Hortons New Fruit Loop Donuts

Tim Hortons New Fruit Loop Donuts

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BusLady
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1 month ago

All the other Froot Loops left, because they were ashamed.

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#20

Jack In The Box Tacos

Jack In The Box Tacos

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Samantha Lomb
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1 month ago

eww

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#21

Thanks KFC, Totally What I Expected

Thanks KFC, Totally What I Expected

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Lyra Fortune
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay but the first pciture is photoshopped af.

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#22

Fungi Toastie From Subway

Fungi Toastie From Subway

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Thats not even the same item!

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#23

Arby's Bacon Beef 'N Cheddar

Arby's Bacon Beef 'N Cheddar

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Phoebe Bean
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1 month ago

So... they don´t "have the meats" after all... (as opposed to the Arby´s tv commercials declaring "We have the meats")

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#24

The Tempura Green Beans Looked Delicious On The Menu. I Think They Fell A Smidge Short

The Tempura Green Beans Looked Delicious On The Menu. I Think They Fell A Smidge Short

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Looks like the grass my dog pooped out

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#25

The Burger I Ordered Tonight

The Burger I Ordered Tonight

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Hope Floats
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1 month ago

These companies really shouldn't be allowed to get away with this...

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#26

I Know It's Airline Food, But Sweet Baby Jesus United Airlines, Why Would You Let Someone Pay $10 For This?...

I Know It's Airline Food, But Sweet Baby Jesus United Airlines, Why Would You Let Someone Pay $10 For This?...

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BusLady
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1 month ago

Even the one in the ad doesn't look that great.

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#27

This Is Why You Check Your Food Before You Leave The Restaurant...

This Is Why You Check Your Food Before You Leave The Restaurant...

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

You want pizza with that sauce.

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#28

So I Bought This New Burger From Burger K!ng...

So I Bought This New Burger From Burger K!ng...

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Olivia Agave
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1 month ago

They threatened it with the cheese.

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#29

When Reality Doesn’t Meet Expectations

When Reality Doesn’t Meet Expectations

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RaroaRaroa
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1 month ago

Eww. These must all be franchisee run businesses skimping for the biggest profit. I can only assume they live in highly populated areas where they can still survive, even if no one ever goes twice.

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#30

The Pico De Gallo Burger At Whataburger

The Pico De Gallo Burger At Whataburger

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Well... what a bugger.

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