Strange restaurant event
A few years ago myself and my spouse went to a great Cuban restaurant in south Florida. Many minutes went by so we inquired about our meal that we had ordered. The manager came out and said our waitress got po'd and quit. We were left hanging with no server. Needless to say we left. That was one of my strangest restaurant happenings.
i once tried to make reservations for two for new year's day dinner at a long established restaurant known for special occasions. the person asked what time I was looking for and i told her 7pm. she requested i hold which took her approximately 5 minutes to return. she then said she could fit us in at 8pm. when we arrived we were the only two people in the entire restaurant and for the whole evening, with the staff sitting at an opposite table staring at us and smoking cigarettes the entire time.
The're been so many, I barely think of them as strange any more:
I've had more than one server quit in the middle of a meal (during economic boom a couple years ago it was common).
I once had a server's shift end and no one take over...our food was ordered, then nothing...when we found manager he actually brought it to us, had been prepared and sitting for 1/2 hour...needless to say we left.
Once got seated in a restaurant for lunch, placed order, and sat and waited...about 1/2 hr later flag down server who tells us that there is a gas problem, the whole kitchen hadn't even started up yet, they had a repair guy there and it would be another hour or so, would we like a refill on the sodas...
Once went into a South American restaurant (can't remember what culture exactly) in Toronto, waited at door, finally seated ourselves, and sat as everyone - customers and staff - stared at us, the only caucasion people there. Sat like that for maybe 15 minutes, never had a word said to us or about us, but got the feeling we were not wanted, so we left.
Was having late lunch alone one day in a strange city, small upscale diner, burger and fries...place wasn't busy, so had been chatting with server over the course of the meal about the town, etc., and at one point while standing and talking to me she actually took a fry off my plate and ate it.
I could go on...
Reminds me of being a brand new server working Father's Day lunch. I work at a nice place, definitely not cheap. Every high-maintenance, non-tipping person in America showed up that day. The cooks got overwhelmed, somehow wound up in a fist fight, people tried to walk out on their checks. One table wasn't watching their 4 year old as she broke a glass on the table, cut herself. The parents threatened to sue, cops and fire department came only to find the father had a gun on him and he got arrested. I never worked another holiday again.
walked into a restaurant/bar and stood at the hostess stand for a few minutes waiting for someone to notice me(in all fairness this was approaching 4pm and the place was dead, so I assume staffing was minimal...). when the hostess came over, I asked(while halfway into the bar area, kinda looking around wondering where everyone was)if the bar was open. Her exact words, "OH YEAH! OF COURSE!(very bubbly and nice)....sit where ever you would like" then after I took about 3 steps into the bar, and several seconds after we had concluded our exchange she pipes up with, "BUUUT, there is no bartender and no one can make drinks here...". I swiveled around and we had what was at least a 10 second staring episode where as I couldn't figure out what that meant, and or what to say in response. I slowly exited with my head cocked(you know, like when your dog is trying to figure out what it is exactly you are doing in the bathroom) and muttering to myself, trying to make sense of the nonsense I was just subjected to. To this day, I still think about that and wonder if what she said sounded as incoherent to her as it did to me.
I have told this story before here on CH - but I shall tell it again....
Many years ago my mom took us to a famous Brooklyn Ice Cream Parlor...
My mom ordered a banana split..
Her order came and lo - it was just ice cream, syrup and nuts....NO banana.
My mom called the waitress over and told her there was a mistake...The girl was emotionless.."oh well we don't have any bananas"
Ok... what can you do.... ? She was dissappointed - but what can you do?
When the bill came - my mom was charged ....you guessed it - For a BANANA SPLIT!
(which was obviously more expensive than a regular sundae)
She called the girl over and pointed aout the error.
The girl blankly looked at my mom and said: "but you ordered a banana split."
My mom said: "Yes - but I didnt GET a banana split!"
This went on for a bit before my mom asked for the manager...surely he would get it.
But he did'nt.
He said "But - you DID ORDER a BANANA SPLIT!"
"BUT I DIDNT GET ONE!!!"
My mother ended up paying for the banana split.
And probably left a tip
But on our way out she was shouting to everyone waiting to sit down -
"DON'T ORDER A BANANA SPLIT!!!"