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Jun 12, 2008 05:46 AM

How do you handle "The Cockroach Thing"?

Frequent diners in NYC will almost certainly at some point encounter a cockroach in an eating establishment.

Without naming restaurants, please tell how you handle any or all of the 3 degrees of roach sightings:
1. Roach somewhere in the restaurant.
2. Roach at your table.
3. Roach in your food.

I know this is an upsetting post but I had an experience last night and am not sure I reacted in a way befitting the situation.
i.e. roach at table during entrees. We were comp'd apps, declined dessert, paid check and left. It was all a friendly exchange.

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  1. I think I'm probably a bit mor forgiving than others. Perhaps because i lived in New orleans for a few years where roaches are everywhere and run across your feet while walking on sidewalks at night....

    at any rate:

    1. Doesnt botherr me perse, but ill be on the lookout.
    2. at or ON? neaar me, i figure its he same as somewhere in the restaurant.... ON the table, i have more trouble probably alert the waitstaff and expect some sort of apology/comp.... if it was an otherwise clean restaurant, id probably eat....if it was onn the skeevy side, id leave
    3. throw a hissy fit.

    1. 1. Bugs happen. But I keep a close eye on my plate.
      2. I pay for food I've already eaten, tip & leave.
      3. I leave. A server who fails to notice a roach on a plate doesn't deserve a tip.

      Sounds like you did everything right.

      1. 1. tell the waiter...i wouldnt be offended depending on the type of restaurant...i would expect it in some ethnic places that may be less clean than other places. id expect some acknowledgement in the form of a comped drink or something but i wouldnt flip out if i didnt.

        2. definitely tell management and probably make a scene. i am not squeamish but i wouldnt be able to finish my meal if that happened.

        3. flip the f%ck out and let everyone know it.

        1. Roach in the food: call my lawyer.

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