Friday, April 29, 2016

I Did Not Order That!


My co-workers and I had to go in for a meeting at work. It was not at our regular work time but we were paid for it. There were hours to go before time to report for work.

Instead of going straight home we decided to have lunch. It was not often we took the opportunity to get together outside of the job.

There was a nice little diner that we would go to for breakfast once in a while. The service was good and the prices were reasonable. All we wanted was a place to eat and gossip.

About six of us were there. We were able to pull a couple of tables together so we could all hear what we were talking about. That was the purpose of the lunch.

Rather than order a breakfast I ordered a salad because of the time of day. I love salad. It is almost impossible to ruin a salad.

We sat and discussed the meeting first. Then the topics turned to family and other things we were experiencing. Before the food arrived we sipped at the soft drinks we had been served.

The conversation slowed a bit when the food was served. In between bites we were busy making each other laugh. We were actually getting quite silly.

My salad was good. I took another bite as we talked. When I bit down on a green bean I thought it was strange that a green bean had found its way into the salad. But I like green beans so I was not upset.

Then I realized the green bean had something wrong with it. It was extremely tough.

I knew I would have to delicately remove it from my mouth. I lifted my napkin to my mouth and gently deposited the green bean into the napkin.

Boy was I shocked!! It was not a green bean after all. It was a cigarette filter!

I called the waitress over and explained the problem. They offered to bring me a fresh salad. Somehow I lost my taste for salad that day. I paid for my lunch and went home.

No they did not say I did nnot have to pay for it. I guess the apology was all I would get. That was fine. But I never went back.

18 comments:

  1. Yeetch! I'm surprised no refund was offered. However, I did and do still eat at lovely hole in the wall Mom and Pop diners where the server would have been that clueless.

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    1. I now pay attention to my food before I put it into my mouth.

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  2. They should have comped that nasty treat

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    1. You would think so. They lost a customer.

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  3. How terrible! No wonder you never went back.

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    1. At least it was not a finger or a mouse I guess.

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  4. Not an appetizing discovery. Considering all the stages vegetables go through from farm to table, I'm amazed we don't find more surprises in salads. I'll look at my food more carefully now too!

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    1. We count on people preparing and serving food when we eat out to take the care we take at home. Unfortunately they do not always do that.

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  5. How awful! They should have passed on the bill or offered you a gift certificate for another time. Mind you, I might not ever want to go back there.

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    1. I never did go back. I live hundreds of miles from there now so there is not much danger in forgetting myself and visiting again.

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  6. Not a pleasant experience, Emma, and it was good that you had the good conversation before finding that un-lovely surprise in your salad. I must admit to wondering where any other parts of the cigarette ended up.

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    1. Now I have to admit that I looked for more evidence in my salad. I found nothing.

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  7. OH, at first I thought you were going to say a SNAKE HEAD!
    (Someone found one in a bag of frozen green beans here and I guess that is what made me think of it.)
    My husband has to eat gluten free, and sometimes he has ordered a salad asking for NO croutons! He will eat the salad and then, he will find croutons underneath, covered by the top layer of lettuce! That cigarette filter though, they should have given you lots more than just a free meal!
    By the way, I see you took your baby photo away and you now have a photo of you from the 60's? Looking good!

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    1. You are so astute!! That is my official high school graduation picture.

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  8. That was really a bad experience that I hate to have.

    Unfortunately, you had one of these bad days.

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    1. It was a learning experience. You know the old say... if life gives you lemons make lemonade.

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