Created By: eviltwin531 on March 9, 2012

Food Abuse

What happens when an UnsatisfiableCustomer fails to be NiceToTheWaiter.

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Do We Have This One?? We have Unsatisfiable Customer and Nice to the Waiter, but do we have what actually happens when these meet? Namely, when a waiter has just had enough from a horrible customer, they decide to seek revenge by something some hideously unsanitary things to their food before bringing it to them. Spitting in it seems to be the most common, since it can be simple, discreet, and often undetectable, however, it's increasingly common for things to get even more Squicky. Other times, they don't do anything involving bodily fluids, but will admit that they didn't both to make a new one after the original, say, fell on the floor.

This is definitely Truth in Television, as waiters endure a huge amount of abuse, and, being human, they will inevitably snap. Dane Cook mentioned specifically, that once, after dealing with a horrible customer, admitted to stirring her martini with... something besides a Swizzle Stick.
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  • March 9, 2012
    • Happens in The Help -- I haven't seen it but apparently the cook defecated into the pie she baked for her boss.
  • March 9, 2012
    • The most famous scene in the movie Waiting involved a string of things the staff do to the steak of an absolutely horrible customer (let's just say spitting on it was one of the nicer things that happen.)
    • In Friends, Rachel mentions offhand that she sneezes in the food of rude people.
    • Chuck Palahniuk mentions it frequently, it appeared in the Fight Club movie (possibly the book as well,) and in Choke, I believe.
  • March 9, 2012
    When Kimmy from Full House was waitressing, she would spit in the coffees of rude customers. She called it "Gibbler's Special."
  • March 11, 2012
    Sponge Bob Square Pants, "The Nasty Patty". Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob think the health inspector is a fake, so they punish him by preparing the worst Krabby Patty possible.
  • March 11, 2012
    In an episode of Family Guy in which the family open a restaurant, chef Stewie is informed that a customer wants something on his food. He picks up a rat, feeds it a bottle of beer, and uses the vomit as dressing.
  • March 11, 2012
    Sometimes aligns with Disproportionate Retribution, depending on just rude the customers critism compares to the vileness of the waiter's retaliation. Case in point:

    • In Road Trip Kyle somewhat fussily but politely asks for his eggs to be redone, the chef responds by doing every horrific act possible to the previous eggs (including jiggling them in his pants) and handing them back. He oblviously eats them, genuinely convinced they're exactly as he asked.
  • March 12, 2012
    I could swear we have this, again... better take this to You Know That Trope.
  • July 23, 2012
    This is I Ate What.
  • July 24, 2012
    ^ No, it's either a Sub Trope or The Same But More Specific of I Ate What.

    I would go with Sub Trope because of the distinct elements in it: the rudeness of the customer and the retaliatory intent of the person adding the disgusting ingredient.
  • July 24, 2012
    • Tyler does this when working as a waiter in Fight Club, but more out of a sort of class warfare than in revenge at any specific customer.
  • July 24, 2012
    I feel like we should have this...but don't...unless I'm missing it.
  • July 24, 2012
    In a Dilbert comic, Alice was on a date with someone who was a real jerk. He told her that he doesn't tip waitresses because he finds the practice optional. Alice warns him about it, and their waitress walks in throwing bread at the man's head, saying "Here's some bread".

    That would make a good page image.