Odd Cents - A Little Something Extra With My Meal

A Little Something Extra With My Meal

The thought is scary. The actions are hideous. The result is atrocious and disgusting. I’m talking about some of the extremely nasty people who work in the restaurant business. To those people I say, “Please do not put anything in my container that I did not order without asking me first.” I am not paying for a little something extra with my meal.

Something Extra With My Meal

You’ve probably heard about the worker from that very popular fast food restaurant in the USA who was charged for spitting in customers’ drinks. Sadly, this is not the first case of employees tampering with patrons’ food. I can remember watching a video where employees from a well-known pizza restaurant were seen spitting in customers’ food and doing all other kinds of crap.

It is disheartening to think about what goes on behind the scenes that you do not know about. What happens when you return a meal because it was not to your liking? To be honest, if you sat down and thought about all of the possibilities, you would prepare all of your meals at home.

Kitchen Nightmares

Kitchen Nightmares is a television show that highlights the yuckiness that goes on behind the scenes. That show has opened my eyes to the restaurant kitchen nightmares that exist. Old meat; disgusting floors; flies; dirty stoves and fridges; and rodents; are only some of the things that I’ve seen in some of these places, thanks to this show. How embarrassing to be put on blast on international television for being dirty!

I remember I visited the kitchen of a once popular restaurant here in Barbados which has since closed down. There were huge piles of garbage right outside the kitchen with flies the size of birds (I’m exaggerating, but they were huge). And those flies were going in and out of the open kitchen door. Let’s just say that I never ate at that restaurant.

When you’re providing any service to any customer, regardless of the sector or industry, it is your responsibility to serve your customer. The mantra is simple – do unto others as you would like them to do unto you. When cases like this come to light, you often feel a pang of uncertainty. And you can’t help but wonder what has been been done to your food.

Have you (or anyone close to you) ever had one of these nightmare experiences at a restaurant?