The competition in the restaurant industry is brutal. So, it's only natural that establishments want to offer people something the joint down the street still doesn't have on its menu. But if the sole purpose of standing out is simply to stand, it can quickly lead to something hilarious. Or ridiculous. Or even worse, both.

Bored Panda already wrote about restaurants trying to impress their customers too hard here, here, and here but people continue posting pictures of absurd food servings, so we continue covering them. From eating spaghetti off the fricking table to receiving your starter in a sink, continue scrolling to check out the newest batch of Gordon Ramsay's nightmares.

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#1

Here's My Cocktail. With Ducks. In A Bath

Here's My Cocktail. With Ducks. In A Bath

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Vanessa
Community Member
3 months ago

CUTE!

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Most of these pics were featured on We Want Plates, a community of regular people and dedicated foodies who came together to get restaurants to serve food on actual plates, not on “bits of wood and roof tiles, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars.”

“I started the campaign in 2015 after a friend posted a picture of an average-sized steak on Facebook, which had been served to him on a large chopping board," Ross McGinnes, the founder of the We Want Plates said in an earlier Bored Panda interview. "It was captioned, unironically, 'That is a big meal!' It wasn't a big meal — he'd fallen for all this style-over-content hipster gastropub nonsense. I searched Twitter for an account which would allow me to vent my spleen with like-minded people, but found nothing. We Want Plates was born. Four years later we have over 150,000 followers on Twitter, and three quarters of a million across all social media platforms."

#2

This Whole Thing Is Just Wrong!

This Whole Thing Is Just Wrong!

"So I went on a date today and we went to a nice restaurant before going to the movies and I ordered the “iced grape popsicles” for dessert because I love grape Popsicles so why not right?…..so the waiter brings out the “iced grape popsicles” aND THEY WERE LITERALLY 3 FROZEN GRAPES ON STICKS…..I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE OFFENDED IN MY LIFE…SINCE WHEN ARE 3 [FRIGGIN] FROZEN GRAPES IN A [FRIGGIN] VASE AN ACCEPTABLE SINGLE DESSERT ORDER..ITS NOT EVEN FROZEN GRAPE JUICE OR SOMETHING ITS LITERALLY JUST A 0.02$ GRAPE THAT WAS PUT ON A STICK THEN FROZEN…LIKE SOMEONE ACTUALLY WROTE THIS DOWN ON THE MENU THINKING “OH YEAH PEOPLE [FRIGGIN] LOVE COLD GRAPES” AND SOME OTHER ASSHAT SAID “BRAH. HEAR ME OUT, HOW ABOUT WE PUT THEM ON STICKS AND SERVE THEM IN A VASE WITH NOTHING ELSE” LIKE YOU COULDNT EVEN SERVE IT WITH A [FRIGGIN] SECOND FRUIT OR EVEN [FRIGGIN] LEAVES OR WHATEVER… IM SO MAD. [FRIGGIN] FROZEN GRAPES ON A STICK.

AND THEY WERENT EVEN SEEDLESS GRAPES…"

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

Did you read the fine print under the description of the item you ordered? That was the exact fricken comment I got from a waiter once.

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As We Want Plates continues to grow, McGinnes said the worst food serving he has ever encountered was when he got a piece of cake on a table tennis bat in Barcelona around 2008. "It still gives me sleepless nights," he said.

It's style over content, and McGiness thinks too much time is spent faffing around balancing six chips in a mini wheelbarrow. When these stunts become the focus, the flavour becomes secondary. And that's not a good thing.

#3

Though This Really Is The Stairway To Heaven

Though This Really Is The Stairway To Heaven

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Panda Lurker
Community Member
3 months ago

I like it

Esca Sav
Community Member
3 months ago

No one like this comment nor dislike it, it is perfect at the moment (If it does change, it was 69 likes and I would like to say I have no life at the moment)

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

Like the idea but this would make the pizza get cold very quickly, so it’s a no from me!

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago

Not to mention they unnecessarily handled each piece of pizza to get it on there, also taking time to let it get cold instead of getting it straight to the table.

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Farid Red
Community Member
3 months ago

Do they have a massive sink to wash that? or just re-use for next customer?

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
3 months ago

That is where my mind went too. If hate to be the dish washer washing those.

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1337
Community Member
3 months ago

That's actually nice :)

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 months ago

I'd rather have my pizza served on a hot pan, thank you very much.

Donna Leske
Community Member
3 months ago

That restaurant needs to have the Health Inspector in more often. Is that plant stand really thoroughly washed? Is the paint lead-free and not chipping due to the high temperature washing? Not cute.

Kathy Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

Wouldn’t stay very warm.

GumShoe359
Community Member
3 months ago

This makes me feel like someone man-handled my pizza....not sure I'd eat that....

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
3 months ago

Not offended by this.

Charlotte
Community Member
3 months ago

What even was it pre-pizza? A spiral staircase for gnomes?

Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

The time and effort to clean that thing for each order is surely padded into your bill.

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
3 months ago

That doesn't look too bad...

Cameron Metcalf
Community Member
3 months ago

oml this is literally gonna be in my house when im older lol

imbored_101
Community Member
3 months ago

mmmmmm so juicy and yummmm delicous i wanna eat you up i want you so bad mmmmm

amanda hollingsworth
Community Member
3 months ago

this reminds me of all dogs go to heaven

Haidee
Community Member
3 months ago

Small tables maybe?

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
3 months ago

I bet the prices are really high just because they serve it on this. Fleecing the gullible every day.

SuGu
Community Member
3 months ago

This one isn't that bad..

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
3 months ago

This is cool.. The best one so far.

STRANGER THINGS fan
Community Member
6 days ago

I'm not complaining

Sarcasm101
Community Member
1 week ago

*cue angel choir *

Elizabeth Tetrick
Community Member
2 months ago

That’s one way to make your pizza get cold faster

Alison Black
Community Member
2 months ago

you have to keep standing up to get the top slices?!?

Faith Nicole
Community Member
3 months ago

Really like this

Paul Jordan
Community Member
3 months ago

Genius... sheer genius.

Kk C-Mcgee
Community Member
3 months ago

Clever!

Grace Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

I like that

Thalia Lovering
Community Member
3 months ago

This one is actually nice.

Lily
Community Member
3 months ago

I love that.

Irene Carlyle
Community Member
3 months ago

the height of pretension--plus, the pizza will get cold very quickly..

Irene Carlyle
Community Member
3 months ago

the absolute height of pretension! plus, the pizza gets cold quicker...

Snowy Tundra
Community Member
3 months ago

If you like cold pizza, you'll like this. Thin slices, all exposed to a lot of air would cool very quickly, possibly even while the pizza was carried to the table on this contraption.

KatKaleen
Community Member
3 months ago

But how does it stay warm?

Lasagne
Community Member
3 months ago

and if u eat it in 15 minutes its free!

Jasmine Donald
Community Member
3 months ago

i need this

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
3 months ago

Certainly unique.

Rob N
Community Member
3 months ago

Stairway to "Pizza Heaven." 😷

F. H.
Community Member
3 months ago

That's ok, but probably allready cold.

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
3 months ago

I hope that's not 'To Go'!

JuliaV
Community Member
3 months ago

just glad I'm not responsible for washing dishes it that restaurant.

Rob Riley
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks good and it’s a creative idea, but I bet it gets cold 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 fast.

Mimi M
Community Member
3 months ago

Man those look good.

Kelly Gore
Community Member
3 months ago

Before climbing the stairway to Heaven, what would you like on your Tombstone?

Steve Cruz
Community Member
3 months ago

That display looks easily sterilized between uses... NOT

Your Mother
Community Member
3 months ago

True cuz pizza is heavenly

Micah Pettit
Community Member
3 months ago

I mean, is there a wrong way to serve pizza? Other than to someone that isn't me that is.

HappyScientist13
Community Member
3 months ago

I love it!

SF Angel
Community Member
3 months ago

Great way for your food to get cold exceedingly fast

Mary Ellen McCarthy
Community Member
3 months ago

Cool, but chilling too fast!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
3 months ago

Yummy

Lana Jig-maker
Community Member
3 months ago

Each slice should get increasingly more spicy. Make it a challenge.

Maddy Wright
Community Member
3 months ago

this is [fugging] awesome

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm full, just looking at it...

Leonel Roque
Community Member
3 months ago

That’s stupid!! Pizza would get cold so fast!!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
3 months ago

La-bread-wit- toppings served on Lysol sanitized tiny (as is everything served here) stairwell. $87.50 per step.

Patricia Brown
Community Member
3 months ago

so they'll all be nice and cold by the time you are ready to eat a slice

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
3 months ago

Table too small for the pan?

Id row
Community Member
3 months ago

This is the first one that isn't straight up stupid.

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I love it. It's a real-life version of being Pac Man almost. Chomp chomp chomp. This pizza would have to be eaten quickly due to how cold it will get. It would be a pain to repeatedly ask for it to be warmed up followed by more waiting. This may be best for a speed eating contest. In addition for displaying desserts only.

Kelly
Community Member
3 months ago

Cold in 1 minute.

LittleMissLotus
Community Member
3 months ago

This could be worse tbh

Stevie B
Community Member
3 months ago

That's fun!

Devyn Nagy
Community Member
3 months ago

This one is actually kinda cool!

George-Florin Constantin
Community Member
3 months ago

This is actually very cool!

Bobert Robertson
Community Member
3 months ago

Your chance of a heart attack increast with each stair you climb

We Were On A Break!
Community Member
3 months ago

What's with the bird on top? How is it related to the staircase or the pizza?

hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
3 months ago

Hey! What's not to like about this?

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Isn't this great? The second piece already will be called once you grab it.

Katie Allen
Community Member
3 months ago

so people can fight over who called the next piece? are they little kids?

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Bored Alchemist
Community Member
3 months ago

You're not wrong

pebs
Community Member
3 months ago

The right way to cool pizza and make it chewy ...

Elly Sewell
Community Member
3 months ago

That's actually really cool

Phoebe
Community Member
3 months ago

I love this one actually

ruthenium the ruther
Community Member
3 months ago

if you're really short... well, then you're out of luck.

Gopi Patel
Community Member
3 months ago

This is cool! I want one!

Katie and Jared Coates
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm ok with this

Wolfblood Fanatic
Community Member
3 months ago

I bet a Karen's kid would climb up that (with the pizza still there) and she would reward him

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#4

Most Expensive Restaurant I've Ever Been. Chef Literally Made The Starter In Our Hand

Most Expensive Restaurant I've Ever Been. Chef Literally Made The Starter In Our Hand

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Nadine
Community Member
3 months ago

Ug! It reminds me of a bloot clot.

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#5

My Friend Was Served A Single Potato On A Tiny Chair

My Friend Was Served A Single Potato On A Tiny Chair

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lilu
Community Member
3 months ago

no couchpotato

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#6

The One Vegetarian Entrée At This Restaurant Is Served Inside The Shell Of A Dead Sea Creature

The One Vegetarian Entrée At This Restaurant Is Served Inside The Shell Of A Dead Sea Creature

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Woody
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol

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#7

Carrot Served On A Telephone

Carrot Served On A Telephone

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Just...why?

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#8

Saw This On A Friend’s Instagram. The Horror

Saw This On A Friend’s Instagram. The Horror

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JuJu
Community Member
3 months ago

Flying spaghetti monster decided to land on your table to convert you?

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#9

Saw A Bird Nest Post Here And Thought This Was Comparable

Saw A Bird Nest Post Here And Thought This Was Comparable

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

One more: Did they hit that with a car?

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#10

Spaghetti Bolognese In A Bread Cone

Spaghetti Bolognese In A Bread Cone

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

How is it possible to make one of the best meals to eat, universally loved, look SO unappealing...

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#11

Our Sharing Starter Came In A Sink

Our Sharing Starter Came In A Sink

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Sonja
Community Member
3 months ago

wash your hands...oh...wait a sec...

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#12

It’s Getting Out Of Hand

It’s Getting Out Of Hand

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Why would you want food on some decrepit, dirty, yard sale find?

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#13

“Don’t Eat The Rocks” - Waiter Upon Serving

“Don’t Eat The Rocks” - Waiter Upon Serving

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Natalie Scott
Community Member
3 months ago

This would be better if the waiter whispered 'they're not rocks' after his warning, then walked away and left you guessing what they are.

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#14

The Jello Tasted Alright, Nothing Special

The Jello Tasted Alright, Nothing Special

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm a woman but oh that is just utterly disgusting.

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#15

Not Shown: The Sauce Proceeding To Spill Onto My Lap

Not Shown: The Sauce Proceeding To Spill Onto My Lap

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

This is the worst one. Waste of perfectly good chocolate syrup.

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#16

Just Why??

Just Why??

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

What the F*** were they thinking?

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#17

Not A Plate, But An Actual Glass Would Be Nice

Not A Plate, But An Actual Glass Would Be Nice

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nanashi
Community Member
3 months ago

that's what you get for a few cents from a street hawker, not in a fancy ass restaurant where you pay extra for dine in service.

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#18

Cheese Served On A Mouse Trap

Cheese Served On A Mouse Trap

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

That thing looks nasty. Absolutely filthy.

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#19

We Demand Plates

We Demand Plates

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

This literally is box mac and cheese with dinosaur chicken nuggets. You can do this at home with a plate.

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#20

I'm Gonna Swing From The Chandelier, From The Chandelier

I'm Gonna Swing From The Chandelier, From The Chandelier

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R L
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Dinner in Hannibal Lecter's house.

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#21

Steak And Mashed Taters In A Sombrero

Steak And Mashed Taters In A Sombrero

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Look at the rim of the hatband. They do not clean this plate.

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#22

This Broccoli On Barbed Wire

This Broccoli On Barbed Wire

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

Just 4 pieces? That better be gold flakes on the sh*t if I got to pry it off of Bob wire.

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#23

Sorbetto With Foam Served In A Lightbulb On A Bed Of Dried Grass

Sorbetto With Foam Served In A Lightbulb On A Bed Of Dried Grass

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visvalin Vamadevan
Community Member
3 months ago

That portion is minuscule anyways to be able to fit in a lightbulb.

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#24

Dinner At A Corporate Christmas Party. Mashed Potatoes, Roast Beef, And Peas In A Martini Glass

Dinner At A Corporate Christmas Party. Mashed Potatoes, Roast Beef, And Peas In A Martini Glass

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

I have a friend who cannot stand it when her food touches each other. This is her nightmare.

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#25

Didn't Expect My Appetizer To Be Served Inside A Dresser But Ok

Didn't Expect My Appetizer To Be Served Inside A Dresser But Ok

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm certain they will not clean the drawers properly.

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#26

The Syrup Is Already Going Down His Arm

The Syrup Is Already Going Down His Arm

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

This is just stupid.

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#27

My Friend's Ramen Was Served In A Beer Mug

My Friend's Ramen Was Served In A Beer Mug

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

Nah! Just a really big worm in the tequila bottle. (Okay maybe a tapeworm).

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#28

Gordon Got Served A Steak On A Roof Tile

Gordon Got Served A Steak On A Roof Tile

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Valquerys
Community Member
3 months ago

Wait, isn’t this from kitchen nightmares?

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#29

Burgers As Garnish In A Bloody Mary

Burgers As Garnish In A Bloody Mary

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
3 months ago

A soggy burger.

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#30

Lol Excuse Me?

Lol Excuse Me?

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Sonja
Community Member
3 months ago

Hello, salmonea, my old friend..

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#31

$500 Tasting Menu, And This Is How Dessert Was Served...

$500 Tasting Menu, And This Is How Dessert Was Served...

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Gummy bear chunks

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#32

At A Conference In Houston

At A Conference In Houston

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Slinkman
Community Member
3 months ago

ohno... The chef has kicked the bucket.

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#33

Not In Need Of A Plate, But A Bowl Would Have Been Nice As Opposed To This Wine Glass For My Soup, Which Was Poured At The Table Out Of A Wine Bottle

Not In Need Of A Plate, But A Bowl Would Have Been Nice As Opposed To This Wine Glass For My Soup, Which Was Poured At The Table Out Of A Wine Bottle

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Again with hot liquids in glass.

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#34

This Is Not Acceptable.

This Is Not Acceptable.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

I can't decide what's worse, the duck or the bag.

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#35

Scrolling Through Instagram This Morning And Found This

Scrolling Through Instagram This Morning And Found This

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elia 84631
Community Member
3 months ago

Actually, it isn't bad idea to use a fancy bottle

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