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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

I like it

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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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
5 months ago

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Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

And look how clean it looks. Did the diarhea end, yet?

David Martin
Community Member
5 months ago

Okay, I realize this is entirely not the point, but it's how my mind works; Why is it The Bodyguard? Is there a reason for THAT movie that I'm not getting? Do they just have a massive backlog of video cassettes in the kitchen that they rotate through? Do you have the option to take your movie/plate home at the end of the meal, and if not, could you conceivably steal it and the wait staff not notice, just to show your friends and tell the tale? I MUST KNOW THESE THINGS O.O

danielw
Community Member
5 months ago

wait... do you still have a VHS player?

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
5 months ago

How is this even sanitary?

hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
5 months ago

That vhs looks dirty..

Kiss Army
Community Member
5 months ago

How would they even clean this?

Jodie Johnson
Community Member
5 months ago

How can that be sanitary, I mean you can't wash the VHS cover in hot soapy water.

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
5 months ago

That's the real problem. It may be weird, it may look bad, but the worst part is you just cannot clean that. Even if you use it once and throw it out, there is no way to clean it properly for the first use.

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CorgiGirl
Community Member
5 months ago

The table looks dirty, the VHS is filthy, the cookies look yucky. Please let me know where this is so that I never enter the premises.

Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

How is that even sanitary? Did they run out of plates?

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
5 months ago

Hygiene?

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
5 months ago

Jesus Christ, could've at least laminated it... that's DIRTY

zims
Community Member
5 months ago

How do they keep that food-safe-levels of sterile?

Vorknkx
Community Member
5 months ago

Is this even hygienic?

Katherine Gilleland
Community Member
5 months ago

There is no way that is clean enough to serve food on

miss miss
Community Member
5 months ago

Making fools of you

SuGu
Community Member
5 months ago

Pudding also look ancient to me. I am sorry.

Kathy Valentine
Community Member
5 months ago

Ok, they were just out of clean plates. That's all there is to it.

OopsOuch
Community Member
5 months ago

looks soooo nasty! God what would happen if you lit that thing with a blacklight?

KT Trondsen
Community Member
5 months ago

That is so disgusting and germ ridden!!

Nica Thva
Community Member
5 months ago

That is not pudding?

Caroline Driver
Community Member
5 months ago

Even if they've nuked it in a microwave, it still looks unhygienic

Vicki Burrell
Community Member
5 months ago

Sigh.. why?!?😋

Scratch
Community Member
5 months ago

What's the problem? I love eating food off of obsolete things. Last night I ate spaghetti off of a pile of fidget spinners.

Debster
Community Member
5 months ago

Blockbuster is still looking for this copy!

Kim Cronan
Community Member
5 months ago

WTF??

Wendy Emlinger (ManyTotems)
Community Member
5 months ago

There is no way you're going to get that paperboard video sleeve clean by washing it. It would turn into mush. And since it's not wrinkly or mushy, is it clean at all? Hard pass on this dessert.

Courtney LeDroit
Community Member
5 months ago

That's just not sanitary.

Shawna Ginther
Community Member
5 months ago

Ancient? Don't you mean vintage?

Yannick Bouret
Community Member
5 months ago

Ark! Gross

Vinniegret
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh Canada. You just broke my heart

Sue Sanders
Community Member
5 months ago

The creative efforts of some chefs must reach very deep into the psyche, keeping any meaning a deep, dark secret.

Sue Clifford
Community Member
5 months ago

🤢🤮

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
5 months ago

It is rated a 15; so not as dirty as you all think: Ratings Info Contains strong language and sex references

Wendy Lam
Community Member
5 months ago

Yuck!

Terri Altman-Hollister
Community Member
5 months ago

Nevermind the tape box...that's pudding?

Lorraine R
Community Member
5 months ago

"Pudding" is the British term for "dessert".

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Paige Garberding
Community Member
5 months ago

What!? They ran out of plates!?

Ruby
Community Member
5 months ago

In my need to make sense of this madness - the only explanation I can come up with is the 'cook' noticed the budding and underlined title are the the same color l....

mntncrone
Community Member
5 months ago

I'd say this, and most of these posts, are a. health violation.

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
5 months ago

The dishwasher quit?

JuliaV
Community Member
5 months ago

just scary

Maureen Peters
Community Member
5 months ago

What's in it???

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
5 months ago

GROSS, GROSS, GROSS!

Steve Cruz
Community Member
5 months ago

The chef warmed up those confections in her/his underwear.

Citizen Morena
Community Member
5 months ago

No creativity

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
5 months ago

The owner(s) and management of this restaurant should hire bodyguards if they're going to do this kind of nonsense

Kat Jenkins
Community Member
5 months ago

That seems sanitary.....

Teresa Groth
Community Member
5 months ago

Well they realize that you will need a movie 🎥 to while you’re in the emergency room!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow, unhygienic!

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
5 months ago

What?

Mary Mulrooney
Community Member
5 months ago

Ewwwwww. Hard telling where that box has been. Gross.

Lana Jig-maker
Community Member
5 months ago

TF...why?

Carmen Flores
Community Member
5 months ago

And......you ate it?????

Rcatheron
Community Member
5 months ago

I can feel the germs crawling.

Aimee Simmons
Community Member
5 months ago

What the hell was the name of the dish you ordered?

Brownathon Bear
Community Member
5 months ago

Just Gross, those dessert treats need their own Bodyguard to guard them from that VHS tape.

Laura Crawley
Community Member
5 months ago

So that’s where vhs tapes go to diet... (punny ya)

malak hattum
Community Member
5 months ago

do they do this cuz they have no more plates or something

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm going home, bless some beanie weenies and eat them out of the can.

Laura Johnston
Community Member
5 months ago

This is becoming ridiculous. WTH is going on with these chefs?

Mumof1
Community Member
5 months ago

Not even on a decent film!

Flavia Slag
Community Member
5 months ago

I hope you didn't eat it.

Katie Allen
Community Member
5 months ago

Witless Useless deserves this.

Cheryl Ramsey-Brooks
Community Member
5 months ago

This is hilarious and gross.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
5 months ago

WTF

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
5 months ago

Someone needs to do a mental check on these chefs.

Cold Contagious
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh yes Madame, here we have your side of dysentery for dessert. Enjoy.

Bobbie Morris
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't get it

Gabby M
Community Member
5 months ago

Nasty

MissyTheUniverse
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh canada, your dishes are so weird

Meyer Weinstock
Community Member
5 months ago

Call the health department!

Theodore Theodora
Community Member
5 months ago

Isn't this a health code violation?! (Besides being an aesthetics code violation...)

ewadora
Community Member
5 months ago

I need address, maybe it's close, I can go and investigate

Lucy Duquette
Community Member
5 months ago

ewwwww

glowworm2
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't think this is a dessert that I would sing "I will always love you" to.

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
5 months ago

Also how is this "pudding"? It looks like some kind of weird ice cream sandwich to me

columbokateUK
Community Member
5 months ago

Pudding in America is a specific item, pudding in other English speaking countries just means deserts

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
5 months ago

Are there no hygeine laws in Canada?

Panda with Heart
Community Member
5 months ago

Poor Whitney!

ruthenium the ruther
Community Member
5 months ago

well, at least you can read while you eat!

Tisha Breaux
Community Member
5 months ago

It's a movie

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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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

A soggy burger.

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#30

Lol Excuse Me?

Lol Excuse Me?

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Sonja
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

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