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
1 month 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
1 month 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
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1 month 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
1 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

It sounds entitled

infinite upvote
Community Member
1 month ago

It sure does

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Royer Potts
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

You have two kinds of veterans: the ones who served out of a sense of patriotism and are humble. Then there are the Keiths, who feel an undue sense of entitlement for the choice they made and probably fly in uniform in order to get an upgrade. The quiet veterans who never ask for thanks find Keiths pathetic and are ashamed to be lumped in with them when people think of veterans.

Watching
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't forget the criminal veterans that attached themselves to Donald Trump. This trash is truly a new breed. Michael Flynn, Dan Crenshaw, the guy who ripped everyone off for the "wall."

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Tristan Risk
Community Member
1 month ago

Too bad you didn't learn manners in the service....

Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 month ago

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Ew, yeah right. Nobody comes out of the military a better or more mannered person.

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Nor
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds like an entitled "dumb motherf*****"

WoodenLion
Community Member
1 month ago

this is a viet. vet downvoting this one

W McDonald
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank you for your service!

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TheReader19
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Why would you tip a veteran in a country were militarily service is a choice and you get paid? PS I fully support veterans

Tom Brock
Community Member
1 month ago

Vets dont get paid very well and its really hard work i imagine, unlike waiting which is just a pain in tbe ass but better then getting shot at

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Chimmels
Community Member
1 month ago

Ill tip you back to iraq

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1 month ago

he probably isn't even a veteran tho

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 month ago

This 'veteran' stacks blankets in the stores. He doesn't have the manners or intellect to be trusted with anything else.

DATBOIJORDAN
Community Member
1 month ago

It sounds like ur BROKE AS HELL

Gogamash
Community Member
1 month ago

The US is a shithole country. In other western countries, waiters and waitresses geht a living wage and tips are only an extra. But in the US, people are exploited AF

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
1 month ago

In the US it took a factory burning down and killing people to make people realizing locking the emergency exit doors is kinda sh*tty and dangerous.

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Posh Rose
Community Member
1 month ago

being a veteran does not always mean you can get whatever you want

Bobert Robertson
Community Member
1 month ago

I have a tip, the wars you fight in are made up so the rich can stay rich, and we can argue over who gets the scraps that are left over in the form of a tip. 'Murica.

L567
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

So sick of this kind of Murkan trash. We're not a bad country but it'd be nice of we could clean our house of this kind of filth. It's time. Unfortunately, to do so would be illegal and a very slippery slope. We need to start making their lives very difficult by shaming and marginalizing them. (Did I say that out loud?)

Aunt Messy
Community Member
1 month ago

Like you're an asshole? Do I win?

Jeremy Van Portfliet
Community Member
1 month ago

He or she is a disgrace to all of us veterans.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, he's a VETERAN, is he? PROVE IT. Now prove what you sacrificed. B/c obviously being a soldier was all about his Rambo-esque self-image and not about serving his country ----- and my family has been serving its country for centuries, so a-hats like this .... we tend to take them out back of the bar and educate them on the whole "this isn't a country where a uniform makes you better than anyone else, you are a citizen, jacka**".

Debbie Lavender
Community Member
1 month ago

Centuries? Take to the back of the bar and *educate* them? With your fists?

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Leah Pheonix
Community Member
1 month ago

It sounds like you're digging for extra money

Monika Rhodes
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds retarded tbh.

Steve Wilson
Community Member
1 month ago

It sounds like you want somebody to spit in your food the next time you go there.

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds like a 'soviet russia' joke garbled in an addled brain. Veterans serve waiters and get tipped or something?

Joe Blow
Community Member
1 month ago

sounds like I should have opened a restaurant in Iraq.

M O'Connell
Community Member
1 month ago

Kubbat Mosul is pretty tasty stuff, I'd go.

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angry blobfish
Community Member
1 month ago

not very good, keith.

cah
Community Member
1 month ago

What a pig!

Virgil Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

it sounds pretty pathetic is how it sounds

itsTrini
Community Member
1 month ago

Ill be lookin out for Keith

Douglas Turner
Community Member
1 month ago

It sounds like you should stop eating in restaurants, because you're an entitled prick.

Phil Purdy
Community Member
1 month ago

Like you're a C@nt!

Casey McAlister
Community Member
1 month ago

Paying people for services you provide for them? That sounds like a terrible business scheme, sir.

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds like you should stay at home. No one cares you decided to be the governments dog

A.J Milne
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds like you don't deserve respect

Vicky Z
Community Member
1 month ago

Thank you for your service and your asshole behaviour!!!

Personindaworld
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Sounds WRONG

A Random Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

What’s next, should they have a throne reserved for you?

23AClark
Community Member
1 month ago

You're not special!!!

トトロ
Community Member
1 month ago

Sheeeesh, old men.

A weird cat
Community Member
1 month ago

I think you are an entitled ego maniac who should know that just because you do something good doesn't mean you are entitled to a reward.

Angelica Schuyler
Community Member
1 month ago

People take one thing good that they did and make it seem like a free pass in life. I'm not trying to be disrespectful but you can't expect to take things for granted like that and not seem like a Karen.

Cathy
Community Member
1 month ago

and 7 people 'liked' it with in 5 minutes . . .

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
1 month ago

I'd be tipping the veteran off a cliff.

Jake
Community Member
1 month ago

This needs to be higher

Cathy
Community Member
1 month ago

It sounds like you're an @$$

Vanta Black
Community Member
1 month ago

Serving your country doesn't mean you can be a d**k.

Blogwave
Community Member
1 month ago

Why is there such a big obsession with veterans in the US? I really don't understand it. Is it glorified so that kids sign up for the status or something?

TheRandomBorger
Community Member
1 month ago

It sounds like you're a bitch

Damon Hill
Community Member
1 month ago

Vets like this give a bad name to all military personnel. Thankfully these individuals are few and far between. I've only met one vet of this type in my life, all others a real pleasure to be around. The sad thing is they have that "I'm entitled" attitude and they'd get further being polite. Instead their attitude usually means they don't get the discount or special treatment that all other military people get.

Lyn Moffett
Community Member
1 month ago

Being a veteran doesn't entitle you to be a prick

Catherine Brady
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone needs counseling help and it isn't the server.

Candy Terrell
Community Member
1 month ago

Like an very mean person and not a veteran.

Diane Patrick
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds like all his vaccines have affected him.

Student Aaron Cunningham
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't care if your a veteran you still need to tip

James F. Wilson Jr.
Community Member
1 month ago

So what is he a veteran of "stupidity"?

I I
Community Member
1 month ago

sounds retarded

Marcel Welter
Community Member
1 month ago

Sounds like you're gonna be hungry !

Luthor
Community Member
1 month ago

I guarantee you that was the wife "We serve too" dependa.

Jen Rosenthal
Community Member
1 month ago

I hope this is a joke. You signed up. You knew what you were getting into. We're a military family. Stop bitching and making excuses.

Evan Tambolang
Community Member
1 month ago

I wonder what kind of idiots who like his post

Collin
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm a veteran and it sounds amazingly entitled to me. Tipping is more important now than ever.

Logically Reasonable
Community Member
1 month ago

Being a veteran does not give you clearance to be a F-tard a**hole!!!

Alexis Draskinis
Community Member
1 month ago

I like to remind them that with no draft...they chose their job. Same as me. If you're looking for applause, Broadway is North of CT...

Jerry Mathers
Community Member
1 month ago

I really wish they would quit blocking the names/ photos of these idiots.

Ross Keim
Community Member
1 month ago

100% guaranteed not a veteran, more than likely a wanna be or a spouse of a veteran

LadyGrimm
Community Member
1 month ago

Keith needs help

Susan Widomski
Community Member
1 month ago

Apparently when you are a veteran (in this case) you ignore the hard times that restaurant staff are going through.

Proper Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

Ahem. It's not mother *beep* er it's mother Hubbard. Get ur nursery rhymes right.

Laurie Pierce
Community Member
1 month ago

Keith, you sound like an ass wipe to me

Norah Reilly
Community Member
1 month ago

It sounds like it's from a self-entitled fear-filled cranky old white man.

Christian Dahl
Community Member
1 month ago

How would that work in a country in which roughly 50% of the population have been to the military? You have served your time, you have gotten benefits, stop being entitled

Christian Dahl
Community Member
1 month ago

How would that work in a country where nearly half of the population have been to the military services?

Valley Girl
Community Member
1 month ago

Needs to be a veteran of an ass kicking!

deanna woods
Community Member
1 month ago

I am getting so tired of the "I am a veteran, therefore I deserve free stuff" excuse.

Mika Rantanen
Community Member
1 month ago

I am a veteran too and I think Keith should go home and f**k himself.

Mika Rantanen
Community Member
1 month ago

As another veteran, Keith can go f**k himself.

Joan Marsala
Community Member
1 month ago

It sounds like I am really glad I don't know you

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

A**hole

D MC
Community Member
1 month ago

they need to realize AND understand. As if they are two different concepts. Moron.

W McDonald
Community Member
1 month ago

Is a vet seriously saying that

DC
Community Member
1 month ago

What a brat...

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay, here's a tip: don't come back, ever. Or better yet, don't go out to eat at all, no one wants to serve you. How does that sound?

Watching
Community Member
1 month ago

Boomer.

W McDonald
Community Member
1 month ago

That is a downgrading name you know

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1 month ago

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Haha im kinda on the vets side here. Tipping is only a thing because americans refuse to pay their staff. Serving your country seems harder and more worthy of a tip

Monika Rhodes
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh please. They choose to go to war, they get paid for it and they kill people for money. They're serving propaganda and destroy countries- again- for money. He deserves to be kicked out of any restaurant for the disgusting behaviour. He's no better than any other human being. Neither special. Just tip and GTFO. .

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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
1 month 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
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1 month 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
1 month 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
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1 month 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
1 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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

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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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.