In this day and age, Karens are unavoidable. You will see them almost anywhere—at malls, parks, playgrounds, you name it. But the one place you’ll surely run into them is at a restaurant. Food-service workers, therefore, have it the worst because they cannot avoid them even if they wanted to. From having to fulfill gross demands to getting stiffed on tips, here are some blood-boiling stories from food-service workers of dine-in Karens on their worst behavior:
1. All Yolked Up
Once, when I was working at this insanely popular breakfast joint, this seemingly adorable old couple walked in. After I ran them through our specials at their request, the woman ordered the duck hash, and the man ordered two boring poached eggs on toast. All was good…until I brought them their food. The guy started freaking out, and when I asked him what was wrong, his response made my blood boil.
Apparently, he was upset that I didn’t bring him a tablespoon for his eggs. Granted, he didn’t ask for one, but according to him, everyone knows that poached eggs are supposed to be served with a tablespoon. I’ve been a waitress for nearly a decade and I’ve served many poached eggs—yet I never heard this rule. Nevertheless, I apologized profusely and told him I would go grab him a spoon.
I thought that would be the end of it, but I was wrong. He proceeded to yell, “No! My breakfast is ruined now!” Then, he threw his plate of food at me and stormed out. His wife gave me a sympathetic smile as she slinked out behind him. I had to work the next eight hours with egg yolk stains all over me.