Anyone who's ever worked in the food service industry is bound to have met one of these—an extremely rude customer who shouldn't be allowed back into the restaurant. Or to order food ever again! The sad part is, rude customers aren't even that rare.

They're pretty darn common and make the lives of waiters, restaurant employees, and baristas a waking nightmare. Bored Panda wanted to show you some of the things service industry personnel have been through with rude customers, so we collected some of the best posts by servers from all over the net. As you scroll down, upvote the posts that made you feel for these workers, and be sure to leave us a comment with your own experiences serving food in the comment section. Would you like fries with that?

Alexander Kjerulf, the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of ‘Woohoo inc.' told Bored Panda that if your workplace is causing you to forget that you're a human being who's worthy of care and humane treatment, you shouldn't work there anymore. "Quit, and find a better place to work, where they actually care about their staff," he told Bored Panda. "And quit sooner rather than later. The longer you stay, the more they will grind you down until you lose all the energy and optimism you need to move on and find a better job."

Alexander actually made an entire video about quitting a bad job. Meanwhile, you'll find the rest of the insights that he shared with us below. Anyone who's working in the service industry, whether you're a server, a cook, or a manager, should have a read.

#1

Math Is Hard

Math Is Hard

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Sum Guy
Community Member
4 months ago

Someone was complaining because they got a discount

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#2

I Can’t Believe People Can Be This Stupid

I Can’t Believe People Can Be This Stupid

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N G
Community Member
4 months ago

Take the dollar as a tip. Idiot customer.

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#3

Left On My Co-Workers Table

Left On My Co-Workers Table

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pusheen buttercup
Community Member
4 months ago

Being straight or not isn't a service- tip the person

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Alexander was upfront that employees should expect and demand support from their managers. "I know that it's common for restaurants to treat their customers like kings and their employees [badly], but that doesn't mean it's OK," he said.

"99% of people are nice, but the occasional rude client is unavoidable," Alexander from 'Woohoo inc.' said that there's no avoiding rudeness in the long run. "You can learn tricks to deal with them, and that's great, but no one should have to put up with mistreatment."

For Alexander, working in the service industry doesn't mean that others can walk all over you. "Having a service job does not mean that other people get to demean you or belittle you and managers must be willing to step in and protect employees' dignity and mental health."

#4

Latina Waitress Received Racist Note Instead Of Tip

Latina Waitress Received Racist Note Instead Of Tip

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pusheen buttercup
Community Member
4 months ago

Why is this not illegal to fine people who act that way

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#5

This Was Posted In A Restaurant Group

This Was Posted In A Restaurant Group

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Amy Pattie
Community Member
4 months ago

That surely is illegal, I think in my country that’s a $16,000 fine

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#6

A Group Of Kids Filled It Up And The Parents Shouted At Customers Attempting To Complain

A Group Of Kids Filled It Up And The Parents Shouted At Customers Attempting To Complain

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Sum Guy
Community Member
4 months ago

Ban the parents

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Tipping's either a sore subject or a complete non-problem depending on where you live. In the United States, for example, tipping at a restaurant or a cafe is nearly ubiquitous. You're bound to get some weird glances and questions if you refuse to tip or if you don't tip enough.

#7

Decades Of "The Customer Is Always Right" Has Created The Most Entitled Idiots In Human History

Decades Of "The Customer Is Always Right" Has Created The Most Entitled Idiots In Human History

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pusheen buttercup
Community Member
4 months ago

We should get rid of that whole customer is always right attitude. It's not ok. It never was.

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#8

A Feeble Attempt To Get Out Of Tipping

A Feeble Attempt To Get Out Of Tipping

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 months ago

Not very Christian of them.

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#9

My Cousin Just Posted This On Facebook. She Is A Waitress At Outback And This Was Left Behind

My Cousin Just Posted This On Facebook. She Is A Waitress At Outback And This Was Left Behind

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Lu
Community Member
4 months ago

Animals

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I'll be frank. The US tipping system… is a bit weird. It's on the same plane of existence as not posting the full price of a meal or a product with the tax included. However weird forced tipping might be (and how it essentially makes customers, not the employers, pay a large chunk of the workers' wages), it doesn't change the fact that it's a cultural thing in the States. You just do it.

#10

My Aunt And Her Friend Took Me To Dinner. These 10 Lovely People Sat Next To Us, And Didn't Even Leave A Tip!

My Aunt And Her Friend Took Me To Dinner. These 10 Lovely People Sat Next To Us, And Didn't Even Leave A Tip!

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Clearly sunny
Community Member
4 months ago

Waitressing is the worst job, I'd rather clean toilets.

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#11

The “Tip” My Friend Got

The “Tip” My Friend Got

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pusheen buttercup
Community Member
4 months ago

I feel like they should be fined

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#12

Seen On A Facebook Post On How People Should Tip Their Servers 20%

Seen On A Facebook Post On How People Should Tip Their Servers 20%

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troufaki13
Community Member
4 months ago

It sounds entitled

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So not tipping someone or even poking fun at a server who expects a tip isn't the way to go. Sure, the entire system should be overhauled so that tipping isn't mandatory, but until that utopian moment, we're stuck with what we have.

#13

You Can Just Picture The Trashiness From This Customer

You Can Just Picture The Trashiness From This Customer

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pusheen buttercup
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm glad there was a donation

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#14

Wouldn’t Let Him Underage Drink So He Didn’t Tip

Wouldn’t Let Him Underage Drink So He Didn’t Tip

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 months ago

he has some hard lessons coming his way

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#15

What My Coworker Was Given Tonight

What My Coworker Was Given Tonight

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pusheen buttercup
Community Member
4 months ago

Uhg

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Rudeness, however, isn't just linked to tips. Customers from hell find all sorts of ways to belittle servers. From namecalling and ‘flirting' to acting like spoiled, entitled children (no offense to spoiled and entitled kids). However, employees shouldn't rise to the provocations while also protecting their own dignity.

#16

Please Don’t Leave Fake Tips I’m Trying To Go To College

Please Don’t Leave Fake Tips I’m Trying To Go To College

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 months ago

nobody wants a picture of a pussy grabber

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#17

My Friend Waited On Two Underage Kids Who Tried To Order Drinks. Stiffing Servers Has Always Made Someone A Bad Person, But During A Pandemic When Benefits Have Run Out And Restaurant Employees Are Struggling More Than They Already Did? Despicable

My Friend Waited On Two Underage Kids Who Tried To Order Drinks. Stiffing Servers Has Always Made Someone A Bad Person, But During A Pandemic When Benefits Have Run Out And Restaurant Employees Are Struggling More Than They Already Did? Despicable

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alwaysMispelled
Community Member
4 months ago

Again, I call bullshit on these asshats trying to say they'd be leaving a massive tip, otherwise. These POS would never leave huge tips.

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#18

Worst Tip Ever

Worst Tip Ever

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Julie C Rose
Community Member
4 months ago

QUARANTINE HOTELS. TRY IT, AMERICA.

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Earlier, I'd had a chat with Alexander from ‘Woohoo inc.' about what people should do when dealing with rude customers. “Keep your cool and remember that whatever abuse they're giving you is no reflection on you as a person,” he said.

#19

Displaying Your Bare Feet In A Restaurant

Displaying Your Bare Feet In A Restaurant

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troufaki13
Community Member
4 months ago

This is one of the reasons I don't like people...

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#20

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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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
4 months ago

They should be charged with child endangerment, and criminal stupidity.

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#21

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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Clearly sunny
Community Member
4 months ago

Is it that hard to get up and walk outside?

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“That customer doesn't even know you, so there's no way it could be you. But on the other hand, don't be subservient. Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself and tell customers that abuse is not tolerated. And if it persists, hand them over to a manager as soon as you can and let them deal with it,” Alexander explained how we should deal with problematic people. It's all about striking a balance between being professional and having a spine.

However, Alexander pointed out that not all customers who behave badly are bad people in and of themselves. There's a bit of nuance there! “It can be a good person having a bad day and that's why they're acting out.”

#22

Stop Tipping And These Folks Will Land Better Jobs

Stop Tipping And These Folks Will Land Better Jobs

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N G
Community Member
4 months ago

That last sentence works for me. Because if you stop tipping wait staff in a culture that requires the customer to make up staff wages, and they DO all leave for better jobs there will be no one to FEED YOU AND YOU WILL HAVE TO GO AWAY

Dizzy Falcon
Community Member
4 months ago

Ikr, like, if you want them to stop working at your favorite restaurant, you are big dumb

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Vicky Z
Community Member
4 months ago

And when they will go away where will you go to eat YOU USELESS PIECE OF S**T???

neonn_pieee
Community Member
4 months ago

My thoughts exactly. If they all left then the person writing this would say "who is gonna feed me?!" - uhhh they all left like you said!

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H Edwards
Community Member
4 months ago

Who do they want to serve them their food? I have always been utterly baffled by this type of statement, it makes no sense.

Russell Davison
Community Member
4 months ago

What baffles me is the restaurant service system we use. Why cant restaurants just pay servers a living wage? Why should customers have to pay for the food AND the service. Every other industry pays their employees a fair living wage for their work. Why isn't food service the same way? The system is backward and broken and desperately needs to be fixed.

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
4 months ago

Ah yes, no doubt your poor harassed waitress can go outside and pick a nice new job from the Job Tree. Or hell, why not two? It's just that easy!

Russell Davison
Community Member
4 months ago

Or the restaurant that employs her could just pay her enough to survive. Why isn't that a thing?

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
4 months ago

"Tough love" was the excuse every abuser has ever used, in some way, and it does not make a better world. it makes a very bruised, angry, scared world.

Michael Beswick
Community Member
4 months ago

I've never been to any country other than the US where a tipping is seen an obligation because wages are too bad to live on. Serving is part of the service so it should be included in the price of food like it is in other developed countries. It's almost as bad as the tax not being included in the prices.

Kat
Community Member
4 months ago

Horrible people. A job is a job.

Ivana
Community Member
4 months ago

So...no waiters period is their end goal here? Also, donation? You are paying them for their labor because America has a screwed up tip system instead of just restaurants paying their employees.

pebs
Community Member
4 months ago

And ... so you're gonna have to be your own waiter, idiot?

Joan Marsala
Community Member
4 months ago

Maybe then you should learn how to cook and stay the hell home - you cheap ass

A. Jones
Community Member
4 months ago

Have fun cooking at home if nobody's gonna serve you anymore.

Kiss Army
Community Member
4 months ago

Since when is working in a restaurant not making a decent honest living? The only thing not decent about it is the pay.

Vicky Zar
Community Member
4 months ago

Sooo.... apart from all the other bullshit this guy wrote... what do they think will happen if all waiters get "decent" jobs?

lenka
Community Member
4 months ago

And the same people are the ones who complain that waiters dont deserve a pay rise and that they should be willing to work and live in poverty.

JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

Sure, just go around punishing people for things that aren't their fault, that works, right? What a tool

Collin
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm all for tipping being eliminated and waitstaff being paid a living wage. Mainly because I want people to be paid a living wage. Until then, I tip because punishing the waitstaff for the way things are is also wrong.

Logically Reasonable
Community Member
4 months ago

All that needs to be done is for wage laws to be updated to THIS century. Standard wages for workers, period. Never understood why there are "tip" jobs in the first place!

jaysko
Community Member
4 months ago

I wanna know why everyone seems to think that every serving job is terrible, that servers make no money and are forced to be servers. I've been serving/ bartending for about half my life and at my current job, where I've worked for 9 years (willfully), I make more money and have more fun at work than most people I know

jaysko
Community Member
4 months ago

That being said, I've worked at shitty places too, but my point is that they're not all bad

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JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh the irony!! Who will be left to feed YOUR stupid A$$?

Steve Wilson
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

You obviously don’t realize that these people will remember you the next time you’re in there. Bon apetit, sucka.

Robert Knabe
Community Member
4 months ago

Sadly, Steve, the waitstaff will have to just suck it up and continue to serve them--their job depends upon it. Should they be perceived as having a bad attitude this a-hole will probably report the server to management and could cost the server their job. Very sad.

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Julie C Rose
Community Member
4 months ago

Then poke Biden about the fact that he wants to eliminate the tipped minimum wage jfc

panda123
Community Member
1 month ago

Does he think being a waiter is not honest work? Also, does he not want there to be any waiters in restaurants?

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Who will bring your meals and drinks to you?

Robert Thompson
Community Member
4 months ago

That was Biden's plan when he killed the oil jobs. "they will get green jobs" -Biden.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
4 months ago

wait why is eric stewart from boredpanda on here shouldn't he be at the bottom of the comment section for his hate crimes against the service industry

Heather M
Community Member
4 months ago

So busting your a** to serve entitled a**holes like this is now considered “begging for handouts”? Love to see where you get your food once “they go away”. And “donations”???? Clearly someone who has never worked in retail/customer service/ food industry a day in their life.

Heather M
Community Member
4 months ago

I would really like this person to serve for a day and get that one table that has a $300 bill but either doesn’t tip you or tips you like $5. All the work you just did, running back and forth, all for less than minimum wage 👍🏻 People don’t actually pay attention to the fact that servers only make like $4-6 an hour because of the tipping system...sooo you don’t tip us we are only making an average of $5 to take care of your table ....so because you decide that we are just asking for handouts we can’t make a living. Last time I checked asking for handouts was doing nothing and expecting something in return....if they think their server really did nothing, they really shouldn’t be allowed to eat out anymore.

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23AClark
Community Member
4 months ago

If they stop feeding you, YOU WILL GO AWAY!!!

Mindy Keys
Community Member
4 months ago

So, Mr./Ms. Mensa... who will purchase, prepare, cook, and serve your food at restaurants now? I get this person thinks that by being a total cheapskate s/he is "fighting the good fight" for tipped workers everywhere, whilst in actuality they are just a giant, cheap dbag.

Ara Noguera
Community Member
4 months ago

This is maddening.

Rose Rosee
Community Member
4 months ago

Okay, and then this fool will complain about no one willing to to be food servers, and they spend big money at the restaurant yadda yadda. Plus more than likely the restaurant would have to increase prices to pay their people, this person would complain about that. In other words there is no way to please them.

Lady Artemis
Community Member
4 months ago

How about you stop being a c****y person, instead of being extremely rude to people who don't even make minimum wage?

Jill Tremblay
Community Member
4 months ago

If we stop feeding you - will YOU go away?

Sharon Cooper
Community Member
4 months ago

Many restaurants only give their wait staff a base pay of $1 or $2, which means they DEPEND on tips! It's how they keep prices lower so people can eat out. Idiots like this complain about the cost of McDonald's, whose servers don't get tipped, but act like trash when they go to a decent restaurant whose staff relies on tips to make a living. McDonald's is the bottom of the barrel: tip restaurants are better and have their own hierarchy. These folks obviously belong at the bottom, and should stay with their own kind.

Russell Davison
Community Member
4 months ago

Yea, but why are restaurant owners allowed to get away with it? Why is food service the only job that allows employers to pay far below minimum wage? It doesn't make any sense.

Scarlett O'Hara's Ghost
Community Member
4 months ago

Then who'll serve you food?

Gina
Community Member
4 months ago

Wait, what??

Elizabeth
Community Member
4 months ago

WTF?

Lynne Monteith
Community Member
4 months ago

They should stop feeding you.

Mark Kelly
Community Member
4 months ago

Why was crappy blacked out.

Ross Keim
Community Member
4 months ago

Give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to fish feed him for a lifetime or until over fishing leads to him starving once again

Russell Davison
Community Member
4 months ago

That's not the point. The point is the servers would be paid the same regardless of the person they serve. Idc about paying for the service, I expect to, but I shouldn't be directly responsible for that servers paycheck.

Jim Patrick
Community Member
4 months ago

The thing is if owners paid living wage to all employee's do you not realize how much the price would go up? It's not cheap to run a restaurant. And I agree if wait staff got "better jobs" who would serve your ass? It's like the church rush on sundays that look down on the heathen working on sabbath- um someone has to be there to meet the needs of holier than though church goers who are "Judging" the heathens.

Susan Widomski
Community Member
4 months ago

Who teaches these people? Tough love - cook and serve your own damn dinner.

Proper Panda
Community Member
4 months ago

The last sentence applies for squirrels and birds.

Purr·maid
Community Member
4 months ago

𝑶𝒌 𝒍𝒆𝒕'𝒔 𝒔𝒂𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖. 𝑾𝒉𝒐 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒃𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒇𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒑𝒖𝒕𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒖𝒑 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇-𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒆𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒔𝒔?!!

Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
4 months ago

well...In some kind of way... i Agree, that Waitress should not depend on the tips... She should got good pay from her employer... And in my country, they do and the tips are just bonus for it... I'm okay with a slightly expensive food for everyone to reflect it in the pay of the waitstaff

notlingling
Community Member
4 months ago

WELL WHY DO YOU THINK THEY WERE WORKING THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE KAREN

Michael Genenko
Community Member
4 months ago

And this freak will serve himself in the restaurants, OK, well...

PhybreAwptic
Community Member
4 months ago

Everything after the first sentence works for abuse of the unemployment system

TheReader19
Community Member
4 months ago

Okay stay home and cook, that will make them go away as well. Or just maybe you can join a campaign for a minimum wage that works too I hear.

Martha Hubbs
Community Member
4 months ago

Bahahahaha!! What an idiot!!

Jackie
Community Member
4 months ago

K, but who else is gonna give you your food at restaurants? The crappy jobs need someone to work them. Yes, that person shouldn’t have to do it the rest of their life and should be paid better, but again, someone needs to do it if you want that luxury. Or were you wanting to cook your own meals every day?

Tuna Fish
Community Member
4 months ago

Maybe the owners should raise the price of the food (or shrink the portions) and pay the wait staff a decent wage and not leave it up to the customer to pay their servers. People are @ssholes and some waitress somewhere is gonna be forced to wait on these people for no compensation. That is not fair.

Austin Oester
Community Member
4 months ago

Retard

CatWoman312
Community Member
4 months ago

So this mentality is let all servers just quit and then he’ll have to cook and serve his own lazy ass his food

Rod Egret
Community Member
4 months ago

But who will serve you then?

Corey Brown
Community Member
4 months ago

Then where will you go eat, you MORON!!

Monic Krugell
Community Member
4 months ago

and who do you suppose will serve your holier than though behind its food?

Vic 404
Community Member
4 months ago

https://www.boredpanda.com/hiring-sign-debate-wage-twitter

Kristy Nelson
Community Member
4 months ago

Just wow...

Alexandra Nara
Community Member
4 months ago

Just stop feeding him..he will go away.. Just WTF

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#23

My Sister Got This While Waiting Tables

My Sister Got This While Waiting Tables

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pusheen buttercup
Community Member
4 months ago

That's not helping your chances...

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#24

At Least He Used The Proper Form Of "You're"

At Least He Used The Proper Form Of "You're"

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Clearly sunny
Community Member
4 months ago

Gee, he sounds like a keeper! NOT

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Though that doesn't change the fact that some customers really are rude because they thrive on it and know that being bullies works (sometimes). “The sad truth is that some customers act this way because they've learned that it works and will get them discounts or preferential treatment,” Alexander, the Chief Happiness Officer at ‘Woohoo inc.' said.

#25

Someone Keeps Stealing The Tip Jar At My Local Donut Shop

Someone Keeps Stealing The Tip Jar At My Local Donut Shop

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
4 months ago

lowest of the low

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#26

"Why I Have Not Tipped!!!"

"Why I Have Not Tipped!!!"

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
4 months ago

He did not clean the tables with a rag but with an attitude!

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#27

From My Friends’ Server Group. This Was Given By A 6 Top Instead Of A Tip

From My Friends’ Server Group. This Was Given By A 6 Top Instead Of A Tip

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pusheen buttercup
Community Member
4 months ago

You never know when someone is doing the best they can. You also don't know if they've been trained to be more hands off. You may wind up taking it out on the wrong person

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What's more, Alexander added that rather than thinking that the customer is always right, we should go for something more down-to-earth like “be nice.” Or at least avoiding being rude. Of course, this goes for customers and employees alike! “Whenever I'm a customer anywhere, I always try to be kind and positive to the staff—even when occasionally I have to complain about something. It's literally the least I can do.”

#28

Guy Left A Negative Tip To Subtract From The Total After Calling The Restaurant While Inside To Rush His Order

Guy Left A Negative Tip To Subtract From The Total After Calling The Restaurant While Inside To Rush His Order

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N G
Community Member
4 months ago

Can... Can you do that?! That's horrible!

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#29

A Customer Decided To Tip Their Server Like This

A Customer Decided To Tip Their Server Like This

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Kristy Nelson
Community Member
4 months ago

That's beyond rude.

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#30

Your Tip Is That Because Of Me, You Still Have Yuor Fredom™

Your Tip Is That Because Of Me, You Still Have Yuor Fredom™

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JennyLaRue
Community Member
4 months ago

When they put their own lives on the line for their country (not just their social lives in following their partners around their posts) then they can have the military discount. It's so old fashioned to define your own status by your partners job, let alone expect a discount from it.

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We'd love to hear your stories about the rude customers you've had to deal with, dear Pandas. What's your go-to strategy for somebody who's acting entitled and ruining your day? Do you stay professional and diplomatic all the time or do you confront them when they've overstepped your boundaries? Let us know what you think below.