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(Metro)   Problem: Diner complains about cockroach in his salad. Solution: Waitress eats it   (metro.co.uk) divider line 54
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2014-07-16 06:16:54 PM  
You can't say it's not an effective solution to the immediate problem.
 
2014-07-16 07:22:59 PM  
The rules plainly state there's NO SHARING for the salad bar.
 
2014-07-16 08:12:27 PM  
This is exactly the kind of headline I need to see while in a quiet library.

/trying to keep it in...
 
2014-07-16 08:15:36 PM  
I know TFA has a current address, but this happened months ago. Or again. Anything is possible.
 
2014-07-16 08:16:30 PM  

GDubDub: I know TFA has a current address, but this happened months ago. Or again. Anything is possible.


Address? Really? Date. Damn phreud.
 
2014-07-16 08:21:09 PM  
First rule of customer service: they're all whiny little biatches.
Second rule of customer service: nothing really matters, we're all going to die anyway.
Third rule of customer service: The horror... the horror...

/She's doin' it right.
 
2014-07-16 08:22:46 PM  
Quiet, or everyone is going to want one.
 
2014-07-16 08:28:24 PM  
Awesome. I once served a customer a pancake with a roach baked into it - same customer also had to deal with a rat scurrying through the shrubs next to his patio table. I didn't eat any of the three.
 
2014-07-16 08:33:56 PM  
Sounds like a normal day at Rocky's Diner.
 
2014-07-16 08:36:12 PM  

Witness99: Awesome. I once served a customer a pancake with a roach baked into it - same customer also had to deal with a rat scurrying through the shrubs next to his patio table. I didn't eat any of the three.


Reminds me of the time I had a roach baked into my pizza at school lunch in Chicago.

What bothered me more was how apathetic the cafeteria staff were. They didn't even want to give me another one (maybe they thought I brought my roach from home?), started bringing lunches to school after that.

/7 year old's problems.
 
2014-07-16 08:37:05 PM  
Heh. He immediately shut up, paid his bill and left.

What I don't get is why anyone would conclude that such an action changes anything. Just because some nasty server is willing to eat cockroaches doesn't mean it belonged in the food that was ordered.

If I were in that guy's shoes and she had just ate the bug, I'd just ask her if she's having fun, explain that I'm not paying for the food, and leave.
 
2014-07-16 08:41:25 PM  
I usually get the fly soup
 
Ral
2014-07-16 08:41:32 PM  
How exactly do condoms wind up in restaurant food?  Someone must put them there on purpose.
 
2014-07-16 08:42:25 PM  
Gotta post the "Idiot Abroad" Chinese food clip:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGTIs9fvkUA
 
2014-07-16 08:43:52 PM  
Maybe it was a leftover spleef
 
2014-07-16 08:43:54 PM  
This is the kind of headline you almost wish you were there to see happen.
 
2014-07-16 08:44:53 PM  
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2014-07-16 08:46:48 PM  
I'd have been tempted to hand her another cockroach, just to see if she'd eat another one. Morbid curiosity.
 
2014-07-16 08:49:59 PM  

It's heartwarming to know that, no matter where you go in this world, you can always find a crappy, bug-filled restaurant full of apathetic assholes.

 
2014-07-16 08:59:18 PM  
(lays penis on the meal) "Excuse me waitress, but I seem to have found a dick in my food."
 
2014-07-16 09:01:04 PM  

Ral: How exactly do condoms wind up in restaurant food?  Someone must put them there on purpose.


You've obviously never worked in a restaurant. LOTS OF SEX GOES ON
 
2014-07-16 09:03:47 PM  

Ral: How exactly do condoms wind up in restaurant food?  Someone must put them there on purpose.


I had to click on that one. Whatever that was it looked plenty disgusting even without the condom. "Excuse me, there's a piece of rubber in with my fish bones and offal".
 
2014-07-16 09:12:40 PM  

FormlessOne: It's heartwarming to know that, no matter where you go in this world, you can always find a crappy, bug-filled restaurant full of apathetic assholes.


Did you come to this world expecting it to be heartwarming?
 
2014-07-16 09:21:19 PM  
Another one of those "something f*cking bizarre allegedly happened in China, they're weird, everyone laugh!" articles?

Pass. Guarantee you this didn't happen.
 
2014-07-16 09:35:45 PM  

sprong89: I'd have been tempted to hand her another cockroach, just to see if she'd eat another one. Morbid curiosity.


You carry them around with you?
 
2014-07-16 09:42:44 PM  

veale728: Another one of those "something f*cking bizarre allegedly happened in China, they're weird, everyone laugh!" articles?

Pass. Guarantee you this didn't happen.


There's video of the whole thing if you're skeptical.
 
2014-07-16 10:16:09 PM  
While some cockroaches may be nutritious, most of the common types that would infest a restaurant or house should not be eaten. Too many parasites and diseases in those farkers.
 
2014-07-16 10:16:25 PM  
No problem. I'd be back tomorrow to point out the turd in my salad.
 
2014-07-16 10:19:13 PM  

fusillade762: veale728: Another one of those "something f*cking bizarre allegedly happened in China, they're weird, everyone laugh!" articles?

Pass. Guarantee you this didn't happen.

There's video of the whole thing if you're skeptical.


Psshh, who actually "clicks" on articles anymore?
 
2014-07-16 10:20:38 PM  

skinink: (lays penis on the meal) "Excuse me waitress, but I seem to have found a dick in my food."


"Man runs screaming from restaurant after waitress chops his penis off"
 
2014-07-16 10:27:37 PM  
CSB time:

A couple of decades ago when I still lived in Hong Kong, I spent a while working in an office on the 24th floor of a building on Des Voeux Rd. Central in Sheung Wan. The office staff used to get together lunch orders about 15 or 20 minutes early, and then somebody would phone down to a local fast food place. (I think it might have been Ka Ka Lok Fast Food Shop, a name which still makes me snicker to this day, but the only thing I can say with any certainty is that they were within a couple of blocks of Cleverly St.) The food was delicious, the prices were absolutely dirt-cheap, and they delivered to our office free of charge.

So one day, I'm tucking into my steaming-hot box lunch of... whatever it was that I'd ordered, I forget now. Something on rice, is all I know for sure. And then, I see it.  A small cockroach in the middle of the food I've been tucking into with gusto. Or rather, half a cockroach. Which is worse, because where is the other half?

So I phone down to the place and manage to get across to the guy on the phone that there was a problem with my food. The delivery guy gets sent back up, I show him the half-cockroach, he nods and apologizes in Cantonese and disappears. And a few minutes later, he reappears with a brand-new box lunch. (How do I know it was new? Well, it wasn't half-eaten.)

And just as quickly, he vanishes away to deliver his next order. But I'm suspicious, now. As it so happens, most insects are just fine, but I'm a wee bit phobic of cockroaches. Thanks to North America, the roaches we get in HK are industrial grade monstrosities that can fly, and are about an inch and a half long -- and a couple of years earlier I woke up to find one had been crawling across my face while I was asleep.

Add to that the fact that I'd been a skint kid straight out of secondary school, living on a shoestring, and had briefly lived with an Indian family who had the most appalling hygiene. They had about 7 or 8 people (excluding me) living in a small two-bedroom flat of perhaps a couple hundred square feet, and one of those two bedrooms was rented out to me. And the shared kitchen was tiny, so there were plywood shelves full of various ingredients in their living room, where most of them also slept on rollup mats on the floor at night. The food was mostly in open containers -- bags, jars, cans, whatever, unrefrigerated and some of it visibly rotting, but it was all I could afford at the time. So I lived there for a month or two, with my main source of sustenance being peanut butter sandwiches (or just the peanut butter by itself eaten off a spoon) from a huge family-sized jar bought at a local American import place that had just opened.

And one night while living there I'd discovered on my way to the bathroom at night that if you turned the lights on, there were cockroaches everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. Walls, ceiling, peeking out of corners or crevices. I lost count at I think 21 or 22 cockroaches, just in the 15-20 feet between my bedroom and the bathroom to empty my bladder. I think I emptied about half a can of Raid bug spray around the edges of my door frame before I went to bed that night, and a couple of weeks later, got into a big fight with the landlord which resulted in me moving out after having to call the cops on him, and being threatened in the elevator of my office building by his thug friends. And when I got my stuff, I discovered he'd taken the lid off my peanut butter and put a dead cockroach in there. (So I smeared the peanut butter all over the bottom of the mattress as revenge, last thing before I left.)

Anyway, so between these various things, I'd gone from an aversion to roaches to a full-on phobia. And so I looked at this next box of delicious food that I was so hungry for because I barely ate other than lunch very, very suspiciously -- and I found not a half cockroach, not a whole cockroach, but one and a half cockroaches in this second box. And I'd already eaten at this place dozens of times, mind you.

So this time, no fannying about with phone calls. I got off my ass and I walked down there myself, and showed them the cockroaches -- and they started to make me a third box lunch! A bit of frantic discussion later, I got my point across that I just wanted my money back, and in all fairness to them, they gave it to me. But while all this was going on, I was watching the guy making the food.

All around his wok-on-an-afterburner as is the Hong Kong style of fast food, he had various ingredients arranged in open containers. Cooking everything was, like most of these places, an insanely quick and efficient affair. Whatever he got the order for, there was at most 45-60 seconds of flicking ingredients from the various open containers into the wok, throwing in a couple of bits of meat or vegetables that another bloke was preparing for him, stir it around, and almost before it's touched the scalding-hot wok, it's being poured out into a box of rice that somebody else has prepared.

And there are, I kid you not, dozens of cockroaches -- small ones, maybe a quarter-inch or less -- crawling around him. They're going in and out of the containers of ingredients and sauces. They're climbing up the wall behind the wok. They're everywhere. And every now and then, one gets caught by the wok tools and flicked into the wok along with whatever ingredient he was aiming for, and its little life ends in a flash of hot oil and steel.

Having watched the process going, there was literally zero chance I hadn't already eaten dozens of the bloody things over the previous weeks and months without even realizing. Was I any the worse for wear? No.

But still, cockroaches. I shudder and feel vaguely nauseous to this day. And I still can't stand the little farkers. But I still love me some Hong Kong fast food. I just look at it a little more closely than I used to do as a teenager.

/CSB
 
2014-07-16 10:31:48 PM  
SyFy network immediately creates a movie about a waitress who can command armies of cockroachs.  A group of plucky survivalists, teenagers, and a drunk accountant have 36 hours to prevent all the restaurants in the world becoming command centers for a global takeover by Queen Skittery of the roaches
 
2014-07-16 11:11:50 PM  

gweilo8888: And there are, I kid you not, dozens of cockroaches -- small ones, maybe a quarter-inch or less -- crawling around him. They're going in and out of the containers of ingredients and sauces. They're climbing up the wall behind the wok. They're everywhere. And every now and then, one gets caught by the wok tools and flicked into the wok along with whatever ingredient he was aiming for, and its little life ends in a flash of hot oil and steel.


I don't know if you are one professionally but you have a bit of the writing touch in you. Good job.

BTW, if this story is even part way true I like your style. I too have been in places in the world where if it aint sealed and I didn't open it myself I am not eating it.
 
2014-07-16 11:22:03 PM  

worlddan: I don't know if you are one professionally but you have a bit of the writing touch in you. Good job.


Thanks! I am indeed a professional writer, although it's technical writing rather than storytelling that's my specialty.

BTW, if this story is even part way true I like your style. I too have been in places in the world where if it aint sealed and I didn't open it myself I am not eating it.

Every word is indeed true, but I'm pretty open-minded about food, having grown up in Asia and very quickly learned that the dirtier a restaurant appears to be from the outside, the tastier its creations will usually be. (There's some kind of correlation between grime and flavor, although I've yet to ascertain what that link is.) I just look a little more carefully at what's on the plate before it enters my mouth than I did when I was a kid, just to be on the safe side. But I figure if it's too small to see, it's not going to hurt me, probably.

And if it does -- well, I'll have gone out in a blaze of deliciously-flavored glory, enjoying my life to the last bite. ;-)
 
2014-07-16 11:25:27 PM  

SmackLT: You can't say it's not an effective solution to the immediate problem.


Very true.
Quite hard to find an employee willing to go above and beyond the call of duty for $3.25/hr plus tips.
 
2014-07-16 11:28:50 PM  

skinink: (lays penis on the meal) "Excuse me waitress, but I seem to have found a dick in my food."


(She pulls out a magnifying glass)
Where sir? I can't seem to find it.
 
2014-07-17 12:04:11 AM  

vicioushobbit: Witness99: Awesome. I once served a customer a pancake with a roach baked into it - same customer also had to deal with a rat scurrying through the shrubs next to his patio table. I didn't eat any of the three.

Reminds me of the time I had a roach baked into my pizza at school lunch in Chicago.

What bothered me more was how apathetic the cafeteria staff were. They didn't even want to give me another one (maybe they thought I brought my roach from home?), started bringing lunches to school after that.

/7 year old's problems.


I found a live roach at a cafeteria once. But at that time I was a college student in a campus cafeteria, so I had enough sense to call the health department instead of confronting the staff, and there were some very surly cooks the next day but no more roaches.
 
2014-07-17 12:05:18 AM  

rebelyell2006: vicioushobbit: Witness99: Awesome. I once served a customer a pancake with a roach baked into it - same customer also had to deal with a rat scurrying through the shrubs next to his patio table. I didn't eat any of the three.

Reminds me of the time I had a roach baked into my pizza at school lunch in Chicago.

What bothered me more was how apathetic the cafeteria staff were. They didn't even want to give me another one (maybe they thought I brought my roach from home?), started bringing lunches to school after that.

/7 year old's problems.

I found a live roach at a cafeteria once. But at that time I was a college student in a campus cafeteria, so I had enough sense to call the health department instead of confronting the staff, and there were some very surly cooks the next day but no more roaches.


The County Health Department, to clarify. Not another college department.
 
2014-07-17 12:14:49 AM  

rebelyell2006: I found a live roach at a cafeteria once. But at that time I was a college student in a campus cafeteria, so I had enough sense to call the health department instead of confronting the staff, and there were some very surly cooks the next day but no more roaches.


Yeah, probably a better choice.  Health inspectors live for handing out failing grades, it makes their day.  And it generally gets the problem fixed.

Roaches are hard to control, but it absolutely can be done.
 
2014-07-17 01:51:08 AM  

FormlessOne: It's heartwarming to know that, no matter where you go in this world, you can always find a crappy, bug-filled restaurant full of apathetic assholes.


Well. Especially in China...
 
2014-07-17 02:55:41 AM  
 
2014-07-17 02:55:48 AM  
They did advertise "Salad bar now with 50% more protein!"
 
2014-07-17 02:57:18 AM  
Gweilo8888, if your Chinese is good, I'd like to talk to you about a well-paying project. EIP.
 
2014-07-17 02:58:15 AM  

gweilo8888: CSB time:


Abridged version next time please....

tldr;
 
2014-07-17 03:04:33 AM  

sharphead: Abridged version next time please....

tldr;


it's OK, not everybody is good enough at reading to manage a handful of paragraphs. I don't think any less of you for it...
 
2014-07-17 04:20:05 AM  
www.oocities.org
In a place like this I'd be more surprised if there WASN'T a bug in your salad..
 
2014-07-17 05:45:15 AM  
An English guy I know told me he ate a cockroach one time as a joke to gross out his friends, but he ended up puking because apparently they taste really, really revolting -- particularly bitter, I think he said.
 
2014-07-17 06:56:45 AM  

gweilo8888: worlddan: I don't know if you are one professionally but you have a bit of the writing touch in you. Good job.

Thanks! I am indeed a professional writer, although it's technical writing rather than storytelling that's my specialty.

BTW, if this story is even part way true I like your style. I too have been in places in the world where if it aint sealed and I didn't open it myself I am not eating it.

Every word is indeed true, but I'm pretty open-minded about food, having grown up in Asia and very quickly learned that the dirtier a restaurant appears to be from the outside, the tastier its creations will usually be. (There's some kind of correlation between grime and flavor, although I've yet to ascertain what that link is.) I just look a little more carefully at what's on the plate before it enters my mouth than I did when I was a kid, just to be on the safe side. But I figure if it's too small to see, it's not going to hurt me, probably.

And if it does -- well, I'll have gone out in a blaze of deliciously-flavored glory, enjoying my life to the last bite. ;-)


Maybe the cockroaches are flavor enhancers?
 
2014-07-17 07:31:39 AM  

gweilo8888: CSB time:

A couple of decades ago when I still lived in Hong Kong, I spent a while working in an office on the 24th floor of a building on Des Voeux Rd. Central in Sheung Wan. The office staff used to get together lunch orders about 15 or 20 minutes early, and then somebody would phone down to a local fast food place. (I think it might have been Ka Ka Lok Fast Food Shop, a name which still makes me snicker to this day, but the only thing I can say with any certainty is that they were within a couple of blocks of Cleverly St.) The food was delicious, the prices were absolutely dirt-cheap, and they delivered to our office free of charge.

So one day, I'm tucking into my steaming-hot box lunch of... whatever it was that I'd ordered, I forget now. Something on rice, is all I know for sure. And then, I see it.  A small cockroach in the middle of the food I've been tucking into with gusto. Or rather, half a cockroach. Which is worse, because where is the other half?

So I phone down to the place and manage to get across to the guy on the phone that there was a problem with my food. The delivery guy gets sent back up, I show him the half-cockroach, he nods and apologizes in Cantonese and disappears. And a few minutes later, he reappears with a brand-new box lunch. (How do I know it was new? Well, it wasn't half-eaten.)

And just as quickly, he vanishes away to deliver his next order. But I'm suspicious, now. As it so happens, most insects are just fine, but I'm a wee bit phobic of cockroaches. Thanks to North America, the roaches we get in HK are industrial grade monstrosities that can fly, and are about an inch and a half long -- and a couple of years earlier I woke up to find one had been crawling across my face while I was asleep.

Add to that the fact that I'd been a skint kid straight out of secondary school, living on a shoestring, and had briefly lived with an Indian family who had the most appalling hygiene. They had about 7 or 8 people (excluding me) living in a ...


Must've been a City Wok.
 
2014-07-17 07:42:28 AM  

DeathByGeekSquad: Must've been a City Wok.


I'll have the City Beef.
 
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