Serving fajitas hot is not a walk in the park. It’s rather like walking on eggshells, ‘cause an encounter with a customer can go sour anytime. And forget the mantra “The Customer Is Always Right.” Reality is a teeny tiny bit different.

The truth is, some customers are just too much. From ordering something that’s virtually non-existent and coming up with their own takes on the menu to plain yelling and calling corporate, this is the daily bread of food industry workers.

Thus, fed up with entitled customers, people on Twitter got together for this viral thread and shared their stories of working as food servers. Nobody said that accommodating serial a-holes for a living was meant to be easy, but nobody warned them it’s that damn hard, either.

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SqueaksPlays Report

Hi.
Community Member
7 months ago

That had a pretty good ending... right?

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JoltStudios Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
7 months ago

Is it me or has anyone else noticed that common courtesy isn't common anymore?

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

I have the urge to slap this person.

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Bored Panda reached out to a college student named Palmer, better known by his Twitter handle Decent Pigeon, whose tweet on delivering Grubhub to a problematic customer went viral with 374.2K likes as well as 58.7K retweets and comments. In addition to creating content for Twitter, Palmer has also worked for DoorDash and Grubhub for the past three years and he agreed to share what it was like.

“The funniest part of the industry is that when a customer is mad, they have (a couple of times) tried to degrade me based on my job title, the ‘service industry worker,’” Palmer told us. “It’s almost like I only do it on the side while I study in college to get another job.”

Palmer can’t wrap his head around the customers that degrade the industry they rely so heavily on. “I’ve encountered tons of amazing people in the industry, so why chalk it down to just their job title?” he continued. “Cliche, but people just need to learn to respect one another.”

This viral thread has shown Palmer that he is not alone, “and that I am not cursed with all the psychos of the industry.” He also said that none of the stories truly surprised him because “many customers in the service industry are extremely entitled and rude.”

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Moonpie_Luna Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

What the actual......?

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DietSoDuhx Report

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
7 months ago

Just nod your head and give them what you were going to give them... no sense talking to some people.

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ArawnNox Report

troufaki13
Community Member
7 months ago

And to think that these people vote and procreate...

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It’s not the first, and let’s be real—probably not the last time we hear about entitled customers. Just take a look at our previous post on people sharing ridiculous demands from customers from hell or this post on customers acting like total jerks and getting shamed for it online. Such incidents are all too common, but there may be an underlying reason for it.

In fact, American consumer culture focuses a lot on making people feel special and people come to expect it. This article suggests that “They feel like they have a right to act however they want towards others until they’re appeased—which winds up isolating the consumer and shaping their view of the world as 'me against them.'”

This type of rude behavior is related to the entitlement mentality which basically screams “Me!” in most daily-life scenarios. Psychiatrists say it is manifested in an over-exaggerated sense of self-importance, lack of understanding of others, and unwillingness to compromise.

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Juris_Sequoia Report

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
7 months ago

Never argue with stupid. Just humor them and let them pay champagne prizes if they want Sprite in a champagne glass.

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troufaki13
Community Member
7 months ago

How are these people still alive???

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notsuohsports Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

I have heard similar variations of this so many times, it is really concerning how many people do not grasp the concept.

Monday
Community Member
7 months ago

Had a situation on the radio here where someone asked their friend or gf if they'd like their large pizza cut into 8 or 12 slices. The person replied "8, cause I can't eat the 4 extra slices" and could not grasp the concept that it would be the same amount of pizza either way.

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Hans
Community Member
7 months ago

Offer him bargain: a 16 slide mini pizza

Hans
Community Member
7 months ago

Slice of course.

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SeidWolf
Community Member
7 months ago

considering many seem to think 1/4 is more than 1/3, I'm not at all surprised

Carole Dose
Community Member
7 months ago

The American "No child left behind" result!

Mama Panda
Community Member
7 months ago

I have to remember this so I can prank my son's work haha

chi-wei shen
Community Member
7 months ago

It's like telling them to cut the pizza into 4 pieces because you couldn't finish 8 pieces.

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
7 months ago

Like the yum yums who wouldn't buy a 1/3 pounder because they insisted a 1/4 pounder was larger because 4 was more than 3. (The 1/3 pounder was cheaper too, I'm told!)

Marsha Brown
Community Member
7 months ago

When I was in third grade, some 60 years ago, we thought that the following joke was hilarious. Pizza guy: Here's the pizza, hot from the oven. Should I cut it into 6 or 8 slices? Customer: Better cut it into 6 slices. I don't think that I can eat 8. Seems a silly joke has become scary reality.

Billy The Kid
Community Member
7 months ago

just cut it into 16 slices and shut them up

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
7 months ago

I would have been laughing so hard.

Bobbi Lynette
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes managed a pizza place for 12 years and got this at least once every few months!

Laura Crawley
Community Member
7 months ago

2nd grade math can be SO HARD

Paige Garberding
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah, not a lot of grey matter in that one. Poor soul, going through life like that.

Bebe
Community Member
7 months ago

Wait, was that an actual person 😳 How is the human race surviving with these intellectuals out there....

Moon Painter Girl
Community Member
7 months ago

Can these people just like go and...Jump off a cliff????

Lynn Morello
Community Member
7 months ago

Because they are BIGGER than the normal slices.

Mya Lugar
Community Member
7 months ago

Make them a freekin' pie chart!

Rachel Hamrick
Community Member
7 months ago

Dang...

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
7 months ago

because a slice is a slice is a slice, regardless of size... Math, is a too complicated subject for some, even the 10 fingers on their hand is enough to confuse some...

Steve Barker
Community Member
7 months ago

It's not a given that he's smart enough to feed himself, medium or large.

Sue Rogers
Community Member
7 months ago

DUH!

Anna Salerno
Community Member
7 months ago

Had to be a liberal 👱‍♀️ blonde!

Anna Witt
Community Member
7 months ago

Um, okay...

b l a n c
Community Member
7 months ago

pixxa?

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
7 months ago

I'd like to present you, MATH! :D

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
7 months ago

Ok. I'm terrible at math but, even I understand this.

Bill Taylor
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone was sleeping in math class when they were younger...

Elijah Snow
Community Member
7 months ago

In this case, you were the moron. It should have been easy enough to tell the client that the slices were bigger in the large one.

Larry Richlich
Community Member
7 months ago

'MURICA

Scagsy
Community Member
7 months ago

Can't believe they censored 'pizza'

Remi Flynne
Community Member
7 months ago

Isn't that just a typo? Pixxa instead of pizza?

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When it comes to the food service industry, bad customer behavior is usually associated with attitude problems and plain rudeness. But this research showed it’s much more sinister than that: “behaviors of entitled customers negatively impacted waitstaff employees.”

Moreover, “the participants in the study have reported 'physiological arousal, negative affect, burnout, and feelings of dehumanization as a result of dealing with these patrons.'” In these cases, sticking to the age-old mantra “the customer is always right” may make matters even worse.

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Glaciaca Report

Kevin Wayne
Community Member
7 months ago

Quote by Albert Einstein: "two things are infinite - the universe and human stupidity and i'm not sure about the universe"

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
7 months ago

laughing at stupid customers, while out back, is the ONLY thing that keeps customer-service staff sane. Retail, hospitality, corporate..... we all laugh at stupid customers while out the back. Only way to survive.

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Mama Panda
Community Member
7 months ago

These are the assholes that make those of us with real food allergies look bad

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Mama Panda
Community Member
7 months ago

Must have been the same dipshit that didn't want cheese on his cheeseburger!

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troufaki13
Community Member
7 months ago

Well, he was asking for it (literally!!)

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Bill Taylor
Community Member
7 months ago

Should have called it a "special order" and charged him triple for the one pound container...

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IcyRedWaffle
Community Member
7 months ago

entitled much

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Tabitha L
Community Member
7 months ago

I really really don't understand the cheeseburger, no cheese thing. What do they think a hamburger is? Do they think hamburgers are made of ham?

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Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
7 months ago

That's bizarre, frankly.

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Troux
Community Member
7 months ago

With all the cameras at fast food places, I would think you could catch who this was by their license plate, and yes it's absolutely worth it to press charges against harassment of any sort.

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Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
7 months ago

Cut the chocolate cake into a square and tell him it's a fluffy brownie...

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

I can kinda understand this coz cold hot chocolate tastes different to chocolate milk.

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Mama Panda
Community Member
7 months ago

Actually, I have never had them charge my credit card either when checking in. They give me the option at check out to pay with the card, with another card, or with cash. When I am checking in, there shouldn't be a charge at all since I just got to the hotel and haven't even walked into the room yet let alone stay in it.

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
7 months ago

I would HAVE to got the pizza advertizement and handed that to him.

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MusicalShyGuy Report

Jo Firth
Community Member
7 months ago

What did you give them, air wrapped in paper? People are strange.

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NopedTheFuckOut Report

Andris Valdmanis
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

There is cheese with lactose and there is cheese nearly without lactose - depends on the manufacturing process. You cannot know, you have to read the product analysis if you are lucky enough, that there is one. I know it, because I am lactose intolerant and had to learn it. And then there are people that are lactose-intolerant, and there are people with an milk allergy, also two seperated issues. So it is not allways a dumb question, even if it feels like it for someone who has no idea, because he has not to deal with it.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Without any other context I am presuming the customer didn’t really speak english, had an intellectual disability, had a stroke or a neurological disorder etc.

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BluEyedSeoulite
Community Member
7 months ago

I love to torture my Italian friends with our fake Italian foods! So yummy but so wrong

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Something
Community Member
7 months ago

That's kind of cute, actually.

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Mama Panda
Community Member
7 months ago

Because her kid would have had a full blown temper tantrum right there in the restaurant so she tried to make the best of it by ordering what the kid wanted and expected Jay to understand. sheesh!

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Ksenia M
Community Member
7 months ago

It seems like Subways work differently here because you can definitely get all the vegetables without paying extra. Is that different in the US, you only get like tomatoes and onions but you pay more for pickles?

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Amanda Sherland
Community Member
7 months ago

God, I have a friend who does this and it drives me bonkers to listen to him talk on the phone, ordering something or getting customer service. He always talks over the person and misses all their questions and then gets mad at them.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
7 months ago

Should have rung it up as a cheese pretzel wo cheese. That's one dollar extra...

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Queen Jackson.
Community Member
7 months ago

That's stealing tell her to get the fuck out. I feel like I'd be fired the first time this happened to me, cause I don't like entertaining bullshit.

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