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Jul 9, 2011 04:02 PM

What is an appropriate response from a restaurant if a pigeon craps on you while sitting at one of their tables...


So, my husband and I went all the way across the city we live in to eat dinner at a very well reviewed dear little restaurant. It is in a covered market. And 1/2 through our dessert, a pigeon, that was perching above us, crapped on our lovely dessert. It ruined my husband's shirt, and we lost our appetite. What do you think would be an appropriate response to this horrific event?

  1. Not sure if this is even a serious post?

    You probably won't like the answer. Although I am sorry your appetite was ruined...

    You knew the pigeon was perched above you when you sat down, no? You know what pigeons do best (and it's not carrying messages). Poop happens. The restaurant owes you some extra napkins and directions to the restroom. That's all.

    And by the's an unfortunate event, but not horrific. Not by any means. Take it as a learning experience, and laugh about it later.

    1. Clos du Val vineyard have huge swallow nests above their entrance. If thee get shat upon, you get a free tasting. l have been lucky ( unlucky )twice and received free tastings. Seems reasonable and a lot better than expected.

      1. Laughter. Unless they trained that pigeon to crap on command, it's just one of those things that happens. Some servers might bring you a new dessert, but they're not obligated to do so.

        BTW your husband's shirt is not ruined. If you let pigeon crap dry, you can just brush it off, then launder the shirt.

        Years ago, we were eating at a seaside restaurant in Florida, when a seagull swooped down and picked up the top bun off my sandwich. Not as nasty as your situation, but I still didn't want to eat the rest of the sandwich even though the restaurant offered to bring me a new top bun. Not their fault.

        It's not wise to blame people for misfortunes.

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        1. re: Isolda

          Trained a pigeon! I got a chuckle. Also, the folklore factory that is my family, getting pooped upon is supposedly good luck.

        2. Bringing you a new dessert or removing the dessert from your bill should be more than satisfactory.

          Also, describing this as a "horrific event" made me laugh.

          1. You "lost your appetite" while having dessert... were you planning on ordering another entree after dessert?

            The appropriate response is to bring that pigeon to small claims court.