“Waiters of Reddit, What’s the Most Ridiculous Order Someone’s Placed and How Did You Deal with It?”

On 3 January 2014. Redditor evil_snow_queen asked, “Waiters of Reddit, what’s the most ridiculous order someone’s placed and how did you deal with it?” Here are some replies:

1) misinterpreddit wrote, “Not a waiter but manager. I worked for a really, really famous chef in a very meat-focused restaurant in London.

“I had a lady call in booking a huge table for her birthday. She was vegetarian and allergic to f[**]king everything. Milk, wheat, nuts, onion, tomatoes, even chocolate. And a list of other sh[*]t printed on a card. This was legit btw, she sent me a medical report, with severity levels and reactions. something like this is not that uncommon but usually it gets dismissed as attention-seeking or unneeded drama. This lady also said she’s fine with anything — it’s her birthday, she’s not bothered what she eats, just wants all her guests to be happy without her dying.

“Anyway, celeb chef owner was in that day for a shoot and new menu testing when I told him about this. He made it his personal project that day to make her a full-course meal and even a flourless, egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free carob (chocolate alternative) cake. With orange zest and some sort of sour cream she could have. They even used the test kitchen to prevent any cross contamination.

“When the dinner was over, the chef had to be gone already, the lady came over to the kitchen in tears saying it’s the first time in 20 years she could have a birthday without a ‘f[**]king fruit salad’.

“We just gave her a note from the chef, saying: ‘Hope you had a great birthday and that you enjoyed the cake. Love, J.’

“It was awesome seeing how much effort went into this dish, and how happy it made her.”

gomailabear commented, “This is one of the best things I’ve ever heard. Here’s someone who got such a short end of the genetic stick in regards to food that it’s basically covered in sh[*]t, and she’s not trying to be a pain — she just wants to have a birthday without dying.

“And, unlike every other story I’ve heard about a chef who’s made it big and become famous, your boss actually still remembers why he loves being a chef: creating food that makes people happy and gives them special memories. So he hears about this woman who’s basically been doomed to not enjoy food and makes it his personal mission to guarantee that for one god[*]mned birthday she can.

“I do feel really bad for that woman, though. Because of all the [*]ssh[*]les out there who are picky-[*]ss bastards she can’t just say, ‘I can’t have this food,’ she has to provide medical documentation or people probably won’t take her seriously and she’ll end up in the hospital or dead. (Not saying you wouldn’t have, just that you know someone somewhere would go, ‘Yeah, sure, whatever. I’m sure it’ll be fine if we cut this up on the same cutting board as an onion.’)”

2) Aeorik wrote, “I worked at a national pizza chain for a while as a manager. We used to get this guy who would order all the time. He was lactose intolerant so couldn’t have cheese, and had severe heartburn when he ate red sauce. He would order an XL Supreme with no sauce and no cheese. I told the guy if I did that, the toppings would just fly all over the box but he didn’t care. We ended up just baking the dough separate from the toppings and put the toppings in a small wing box on the side for him. Guy said no other pizza place would do that for him, and he turned out to be a great repeat customer who always tipped well.”

DCRogue commented, “I will say one thing about the picky pizza people: You get it right for them, you become their new best friend. And it kinda feels good.”

For More Information: evil_snow_queen, “Waiters of Reddit, what’s the most ridiculous order someone’s placed and how did you deal with it?” Reddit. 3 January 2014


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