Going out to dinner with a cheapskate is the worst. If you’re not gonna tip the server, just stay home and eat a Hungry-Man Salisbury Steak TV dinner (my TVD of choice).
Take a look at these stories about extremely cheap people going to great lengths to save a buck and try to think of someone you know who might be included in this Frugal Hall of Fame.
50. Grabbing A Bite
When I worked for a steakhouse restaurant as a busboy, I watched a guy call the waitress over with a complaint of, “This steak doesn’t taste like it’s cooked long enough.”
The waitress grabs the plate and before she takes it away, the guy says he needs to double-check and cuts off a HUGE piece and shoves it in his mouth and eats it and says, “Yeah it definitely needs to be cooked more, I need a new one.”
49. Clamping Clams
During Lent, a place near me has all you can eat fish or clam strips for a set price on Friday night. There are rules: You can’t eat one order, then another, and then ask for a third order to go. You have to eat it there.
One time, I saw a guy try to take it home, and they said no. So he ordered it anyway. The clams came, he paid the bill, and the second the waitress left, I saw him take out his handkerchief (which I pray was clean), dump all the second order of clams on it and pulled the corners up like a hobo’s sack and walked out.
48. There’s A Camera, Sweety
My mother has owned a breakfast restaurant for eight years in Florida. Some of the stuff I’ve seen needs to be in a book. Somebody brought a dead cockroach in a small bag and decided to put it in their food and make a huge scene in the dining room. Threatening to sue, saying she’ll never come back, that sort of thing.
I guess she didn’t read the signs that are posted all over that tell all of our customers that they are being recorded. We looked at the cameras and quickly told her to leave.
47. Everybody’s Tip Jar
When I worked at a coffee shop, people would try to take money out of our tip jar. Apparently, tipping wasn’t mandatory; it was just for when a customer wanted us to have extra.
I had people go “Oh, I’m short,” and rummage through the jar for two dollars. I had to stop more than one customer and tell them it wasn’t a free goodies jar for you to buy that extra doughnut, you jerk.
46. The Purple Haired Witch
The first one happened to me. A lady came to the register complaining of a strand of hair in her food (now 80% eaten). Normally we just shrug and say, “Oh well” and comp their meal but the customer was holding a strand of 10 inches long, purple hair.
Shockingly, she was the only one in the store with 10-inch long purple hair. I gave her a look for a second and called my manager. Set store policies required us to give her an entirely new meal.
45. A Saucy Take-out
A guy at Capitol City-Shirlington wanted happy hour wings to-go. The bartender stated it was only for dining in. Multiple attempts at argument by the guy failed, so he orders the wings and eats one at the bar. Then he proceeds to wrap 11 saucy AF wings in a plethora of napkins and sticks it in the pocket of his khakis.
He walks out complete with wings in his pocket and a nice big wing sauce stain seeping through his pants. Funny thing; we were disappointed he didn’t take the celery.
44. Change Scamming
This woman comes through the drive-thru, orders a meal and two sandwiches. Her total is $8.10. She pulls to the window and hands me $4 in dollar bills. Then she starts rooting through her purse for the rest. She apologizes and says she’s sorry; her wallet got stolen. I don’t say anything, but internally I sympathize. Why didn’t I let her have it? She said it was stolen from work, meaning she knew what she had before she pulled in my drive-thru. Then she says she hopes she isn’t holding up my line because she wasn’t going anywhere until she paid it all. She manages to scrape up another dollar bill. Oh, it’s going to be like that, eh? Challenge accepted. Three minutes have gone by at that point. A car comes up behind and orders a drink. No problem. But she’s waiting behind this one woman who can’t find her money. By this time, she has enough to pay for the meal. I tell her this. No, she insists, she has to have the entire thing. She finds $0.50 and another minute goes by. She asks if there’s anything I can do. I tell her no, I offered her a solution and she didn’t take it. A quarter, two dimes, and a nickel appear and another minute elapses. Since she won’t move and insists on paying for what she ordered, I can see where this is going. I tell my guy in front who hands out the food to go out the back door and give the second car her drink. He does that and gets her money. I ring that order out, the second car drives off. The lady at my window starts complaining that she spent her day wiping butts and how bad it was she couldn’t pay for her food. I say nothing. Seven minutes have elapsed.
Now, this lady is digging through her console for change and comes out with a dollar in coins. Then she starts asking me how much more she needs. So I tell her. Digging continues. Now she’s coming up with pennies. She’s coming to her endgame now: now she’s asking if I could comp the rest, “For all the times I ask for extra sauce and it isn’t there or when I ask for cheese on my chicken sandwich and it isn’t there?” I tell her no. Even if we had that capability of comping for condiments, my drawer would still be short. Most places have a strict limit of how much more or little your drawer can be. This would have put me down a dollar. Also, employees are NOT supposed to put their own money to pay for customer’s orders. Some do it anyway. I don’t have that kind of walking around money, plus I could tell this woman was going to do everything she could to not pay. I hate people insulting my intelligence, and I was not going to help her monetarily in any way. She asks for the manager. I tell her I’m the manager. She wants my name. I give it to her. There’s nothing I can do? I tell her no. Resignedly, she sighs and reaches to grab an unwrinkled, in plain sight to her, dollar bill. I take the bill and hand her the extra unneeded change after she pulled to my window.
43. Chiplock Bag
I used to work at Chili’s. If you sat in the bar area, you got “free” chips and salsa. Technically, they weren’t free; you got one bowl with each entree purchased. But typically the bar had parties of two or four, and most people don’t out eat their entrees, so it was never an issue. This lady comes in one day with her four children. She had to have been 250 pounds. She orders water for everyone and chips. They devour the first plate; I bring a second. They devour that, and I bring a third. I ask if I can take an order, and she tells me they’re waiting for some more people. At this point, I know something’s up, and while I’m in the back, I see her kids stuffing chips into Ziplock bags.
I had to have brought out 10 refills on the chips before they tried to leave. My manager intercepted them before they got up and dropped a bill for $50 on their table. She starting complaining that chips and salsa were free. He called her out on the Ziplock bags. Long story short, she had no money on her, cops got called, she got arrested (or at the very least, kicked out of the restaurant). Didn’t honor her lies, never saw her again.
42. I’m Not Lovin’ It!
I work at McDonald’s and a guy came through and said he came through two days ago and two of his meals were the wrong ones. The manager said that we would honor it because he didn’t want a complaint on his shift. Okay, so which two meals were you missing? He said, “Uhh hold on… (calls someone)… Hey, what you want to eat I’m at McDonald’s and it’s free.”
Another time, a lady came through the drive-thru and complained her burger didn’t have enough ketchup and she needed a new one. Came through a few minutes later saying it had too much. Came through again and said it had not enough. We had to tell her there’s nothing we can do for her.
41. Her Monkey Business
I had an upper class, elderly woman who’d come in every so often with other upper class, elderly women. She’d always order one french press and they’d share it. I was working alone one day when she brought her friend over and said, “Tommy (the owner) told me that because I bring so much business and new customers to the shop that I could start coming here for free.” She gets free food this time.
I had a shift with Tommy two days later and mentioned it to him. He had not, in fact, given this woman free reign to order. I don’t know if she was feeling especially dishonest that day or if the woman she brought was her rival sister and she wanted to look impressive. Do you know what impresses me? People who pay for their freaking food. I didn’t get in trouble or anything. Tommy was a good mix of disgusted and impressed with her balls and said he’d handle it the next time she came in.
40. Nailing It
Back in high school, I worked in the pizza kitchen attachment to a local convenience store. Lady orders a large pepperoni, I put it together, she picks it up. About 10 or 15 minutes later, one of the clerks comes back and tells me that the lady returned the pizza for a refund.
Mind you, she and her kids had eaten, or removed, more than half of the pizza, and her complaint was that she found a nail on one of the slices. Like a big freaking sparkly fake nail that you glue on or however they get attached. The thing is, I had assembled that pizza from scratch for her, and me (the 17-year-old teenage boy) had been the only person working back there all day.
39. Pay What You Eat
I had a woman come in with two of her friends. They had this attitude and aura that they all thought they were better than anyone else, despite the gross fake nails, crunchy hair, and a few hundred extra pounds between the three of them. They order an appetizer and then each gets some of the more expensive options on the menu. One woman, in particular, got the ‘Shellfish Trio’ which has a crab cake, shrimp skewer, and a lobster tail. I deliver their food, do my rounds and return to check on how they’re doing. Woman with the trio has woofed down her entire lobster tail and she says she ‘didn’t care’ for it. I apologize, ask her if I can bring her another, she obliges.
I bring out the new tail, set it down, do my rounds, and then return to check on the new tail. The woman says: ‘To be honest, it wasn’t that great.” Meanwhile, the things been practically ripped open so she could get every piece of meat in her mouth before I could get back. I knew off the bat they weren’t going to tip me no matter how great a job I did, so I had the charge for her trio and the extra lobster tail on the bill. You eat it, you pay for it.
38. Bottomless Cup
My parents’ coffee place, Mocha Mott’s, has a policy where refills are a buck as long as it’s a Mott’s refill ($1.25 in non-Mott’s cups). It’s a great deal considering the quality of our coffee. A Mott’s cup is one of our plastic, metal, or ceramic mugs or a paper cup from a previous purchase. It’s to promote environmentalism. No other reason. Our paper cups are within reach for our customers. People would bring in nasty ratchet paper cups from days/weeks ago for the refill price.
On so many occasions, people brought these nasty cups in and asked me to refill them. The number of times I was filling these literally disintegrating cups, burning my hand, only to turn around and see that someone was leaning over the counter to grab a fresh cup because they thought I wasn’t looking… just absurd. Usually, they’d apologize and give some excuse like, “Oh I didn’t know!” Psshh, you think buying a coffee here once entitles you to a lifetime discount?
37. She’s A Big Joke
I used to work at a yogurt shop and I had this one lady ask for samples of all the flavors. Then she complained the samples were not big enough. So I made another round of all flavors, this time so big that it got all over her hands and shirt (something I do to people I don’t like) (another trick is to stack 2 sample cups lightly so when they try it, one cup stays in their hand, and the other cup that has yogurt falls out and wrecks their clothing.)
She then orders a smoothie and when she gets it, she proceeds to gulp this crap down with that grimaced look some middle-aged women wear everywhere (a sign of a difficult customer). This witch was sipping so hard on that straw that her cheeks were going in. It was incredible. After she’s halfway done with it she says she doesn’t like it, and wants her money back. When she left, the customers in the store were all laughing at her. Some people you just have to treat like kings, and when they leave the room, you laugh at them.
36. Happy Birthday!
A lady and her family sit down for dinner and tell us that it is her adult son’s birthday. They have a nice meal, dessert, the works. As far as I know, they enjoyed their meal. We even included a candle on the dessert. The waiter drops the check and she is LIVID! I get called over and she starts shouting at me because we did not comp her son’s meal and dessert, nor did we sing “Happy Birthday” to her son. I ask her why she was under the impression that her son’s meal was on the house, and she yelled to the point that the restaurant went silent – “Because it is his birthday and restaurants are supposed to take care of people on their birthday!” I just stood there in shock for a second and thought, “Well, this is a new one for me.”
Calmly, I attempted to explain that dozens and dozens of people who come into our restaurant do so to celebrate something, typically a birthday, that we are kind of a destination for special events/occasions, and her son’s birthday is not unique, nor is it something worth us losing money over. While flattered, honored, and appreciative that they chose our restaurant for this special occasion, there was no need to comp or discount anything. She said, “Well, this is unacceptable. I am just not going to pay.” I said, “That’s fine. (Pulled out my cell phone) I am going to call the police and you can sort this out with them when they arrive.” She hastily grabs her credit card from her purse, slams it on the table, and yells, “Fine! I will pay but I am never coming back here and I’m not leaving a tip!” She leaves no tip on a $300 bill. Obviously, the waiter is upset. The other tables in his section tip him, and random guests not in his section stop him, hand him a $20 here and there. He made more money in “sympathy tips” than he would have from a regular 20% off that $300 bill.
35. Good Thing The Manager Had A Backbone
I work at a family-owned Japanese hibachi restaurant. The meals are a bit pricey, but they have a deal for your birthday to get a discount. This older couple comes in with their son and who I was assuming to be his girlfriend and her daughter. We had another “kids eat free” promo that day. It was one of their birthdays, so I told them if they had separate checks, I could do both promos; they were fine with that. The kid’s meal was covered except for $2 (there’s a limit to the free) and gratuity was added due to promos used (house policy on the coupon they brought in). When they get the bills, they were very confused. The kids’ meal wasn’t “free,” and why did it cost more than the other times they came in? They were mad. We comped the $2 for the kids’ meal and I went through and explained every single charge and how it added up – there was nothing wrong with it but they couldn’t accept that answer. They said they came in all the time and got the same thing and they pay less that.
Every time they are given a valid answer, they make up something else to be mad at until finally they tell me they want the gratuity taken off because “they already tipped the chef,” although, I still have to tip him out of that %, so I would be paying to have waited on them. I was more than nice to these people and so was my manager. They told me, “If you don’t remove the tip, we are never coming back again.” I got my manager, assuming he would remove it, and he went out there and told them they had to pay it! I was so glad he stood up to them instead of giving in.
34. Mother Knows Best
I had two little boys come up to me and say their sister’s food was made wrong. I tell the cook who was sure he made it right but made it again anyway because they’re just kids, whatever. I took the new food out to their table and as I was leaving, I heard one of the kids say, “Wow, Mom, it worked!” Ugh.
I also once served a blind lady and her daughter. They sat for over three hours and only had tea and one appetizer. When I delivered the check, they asked to see the manager and complained that I had been giving the “blind” woman dirty looks all night. They got ten percent off.
33. Consuming First Before Complaining
I work at Subway. People go through a lot to get free food. One guy came in after eating his entire foot-long and complained that there weren’t enough jalapeños and demanded a free sandwich. Another guy that came in a few hours after purchasing his food with a small bit of sandwich and a huge moth in it saying it was in our spinach and just didn’t notice it being put in the sandwich.
The best part was he showed all of us pictures of moths on his phone that he found in his house. He demanded 15 free foot-longs and kept bragging about how great he was for not suing.
32. Do The Math And Keep The Change
I work at a chain restaurant. A woman came in with her three small, unruly children. I greet the table with a smile, but before I am able to get anything out of my mouth she says, “I have $30. That’s all. You need to make sure that the bill isn’t over $30, and we all need to eat and have ice cream.”
Are you kidding me? How is that MY responsibility? Great, so I am clearly not getting a tip and now I have to do the math on top of it. It ended up being one of the most difficult dinner/dessert service of my life. Complete with MANY substitutions, send backs, and my manager having to compensate due to her dissatisfaction. The bill came to $29.84… and she had the nerve to leave the change on the table.
31. Hoarding Seafood Supplies
There’s a place in our town that offers an all you can eat seafood buffet. My granddad loves it and around once a month he invites everyone in the family to go. We all do because it’s nice to catch up and see everyone. My granddad has a sister who is incredibly tight with money, so tight it’s cringe-worthy because she refuses to pay for a seafood buffet and because he wants everyone to be together, my granddad pays for his sister to come.
A little while ago, we all began to notice that for a little old lady, whenever she comes to the seafood buffet, she carries a comically large handbag. She has been stacking her plate full of food and transferring it into plastic food containers she stores in her purse. She has been essentially bringing home a week’s worth of seafood every time she goes out.
30. Free Time, Free Tea
A man came into the fast food place I worked at. He ordered a large tea, large ice water, and six lemons, all in a drink carrier. The only thing he was charged for was the tea. I give him his stuff and he presumably leaves. About twenty minutes later he, comes back up with a totally empty cup — no ice or anything. He wants a refill of tea. I’m not stupid; I know he just poured the water out, but I do it anyway because I really don’t give a crap. I mentioned it to my manager, and we watched him as he went back out into the dining room.
A minute later he comes up, leaves his drinks on the counter, and we see two large teas with three lemons each. This man wasted twenty-five minutes of his day just to get a free tea. Seriously?
29. Acting Rude To Get It Free
A large lady came in with three kids and was on her cell phone the entire time, not watching her kids. She then ordered a soda and three refills. When I told her that is not how it works, she got mad, yelled, and demanded the manager. The manager talks to her, she yells at him, he comes back to me, demands I give her what she wants and get her out of there. I give her four sodas; one for her and three for her kids, who were not even at the table. She then orders her food, which was three enchiladas with rice and beans and three plates.
Easy enough; I guess she wanted to share. I bring her food out, and before even eating it, she claims it is not right and asks me to redo it! I reach to take the plate back, and she says, “Nah uh! I’m hungry!” and pulls the plate away from me. I go get the manager again’ he doesn’t even want to talk to her. I just place the order again and bring it to her. When I bring her the second plate, she had already split the food among her three kids and just ate the new plate for herself. So she got two entrees and four drinks for the price of one entree and one drink just because she was rude.
28. Give And Taking It Back
A buddy of mine is the worst tipper I’ve ever met in my life. Our server at Buffalo Wild Wings one time “brought refills too quickly” causing her to “frequently interrupt our discussion.” To him, this meant she didn’t deserve a tip from him at all.
After my buddies and I scolded him for a while, he left a 5-percent tip. We figured this was as good as he was going to get. However, after we all left, I looked back and saw that he took his tip money and put it back in his pocket.
27. Shut Up, You’re Drunk
Long story short, a guy picked up the bill for his table of eight people which I believe amounted to close to $900, and also included a lot of adult beverages. He calls us the next morning in an angry fit claiming that his credit card was charged for two different amounts – the $900, and another $200, and that he and another guest of his got very sick last night and he demanded all his money back. I tell him that I need to look through the records, find the transactions, and go from there. I find the two credit card slips, both with his signature. I call him back and ask if he remembers going to the bar in the restaurant after his dinner, and he says, “No.”
I then offer to scan and email him said signed slips and tell him that I am not refunding him and that perhaps the reason him and another guest were sick was because of the amount they had to drink. I told him that not only do I have him on video drinking at least a bottle and a half at his table, but best I could figure, he had three other drinks at dinner too. Add to that the mixed drinks he had at the bar. (I called and asked the bartender about this party, and she remembered them). He was mad, he started yelling and cursing at me. I told him that perhaps when he goes out, he needs to control how much he consumes and that his inability to control himself was not the restaurant’s problem. He tells me to go eff myself and hangs up.
26. The Pizza Scammer
I worked in a pizza place for a bit after school in high school. One woman called to complain about a long blonde hair in her pizza. I informed her it was only me, with short black hair, and the bald delivery guy working at the time. She told me she deserves her next order free because “it was between the layers of cheese.” What? If you’ve ever made a pizza in your life then you know it is either on top of the cheese, or underneath. Not woven between. I told her that unfortunately, I wasn’t able to help. That was when the delivery driver walked through the back door, grabbed the phone from my hand, shouted: “If you wanted to scam a free pizza from us, you should’ve left me with more than a $0.05 tip, hag!” and hung the phone up. He showed me the nickel.
Apparently she had exact change for the pizza, counted it out in front of him, and handed him the nickel and said, “This is for your trouble.” No, she wasn’t an elderly lady. She was a woman in her mid 30s who seemed to be hosting a dinner party and got a party size pizza with a huge side order of wings. I think it came to like $70 altogether.
25. Well, Eat All You Can
I used to work at a fish and chips restaurant that had an “all you can eat” option, as well as all the other typical options. I wasn’t in school at the time, so I worked a lot of day shifts. Maybe once every two weeks, we had this family of 15-20 people come in, and they would constantly try to share the “all you can eat meal.”
My personal favorite was one Friday night. My coworkers and I were sitting at the staff table after finishing work. We had a pretty good view of the rest of the tables. There was a group of guys sitting at one of the tables, and they were eating their “all you can eat meal.” They were bigger guys, which accounts for the massive amounts of food they were ordering, but they had been there for a while, and we were waiting for them to head out so we could close up the restaurant. One of my coworkers nudged me, and I glanced over to see one of these guys putting the fish and chips into his shirt. Sure enough, that was what they had been doing with the majority of their food. We were laughing at them (they hadn’t realized they’d been caught at that time) and trying to figure out where all that fish was going. They eventually left, and we looked outside to see these guys, just ecstatic with their feat, stripping off their outer layers and displaying disgusting, grease-soaked, fish and chips filled t-shirts tucked into their pants. That one would usually bother me, but it was quite frankly pretty funny to watch. Not sure how appetizing that food would be, after having to “fish” it out of your shirt.
24. Not Inviting Him Again
A British guy I worked with in China (we were English teachers) would come to lunch or dinner with a group of us regularly, but he never ordered anything. We’d all order drinks and a bunch of food (all dirt cheap, since this was China in the early 2000s). He would say he was not hungry or thirsty. After five minutes, he’d ask for a glass and “have a little of our drink.” Next thing we knew, he had a pair of chopsticks and would be shoveling food in like crazy.
The bill eventually came, and when we were all chipping in, he made some comment about how “he didn’t order anything.” This happened multiple times before our collective patience had been exhausted. He then proceeded to label us “homophobic” (he was gay) because we didn’t invite him out and actively avoided him. Fun guy.
23. Ice See What You Did There
The other day, I had a woman seated by herself in my section on a Friday night. I asked her what she wanted to drink, and she said she didn’t want anything, just a glass of ice. She said her friend was at the antique store next door, she was waiting for him, and he MIGHT order something. She looked pretty trashy, but this restaurant’s customers are about 90 percent old people and 10 percent trash, so it wasn’t surprising. I asked her if she’d like some bread while she was waiting for her friend, and she said no.
A few minutes later, I saw that her glass wasn’t on the table, she was holding it under the table. When she put it back on the table, it had a brown liquid in it. Eventually, the manager kicked her out for bringing in her own drink and not buying anything. We found cans under the table while vacuuming that night. As a side note, we have $1 drafts.
22. Crayon Culprit
I am a host. At the host stand, we have a bucket of crayons for little kids. On the way out, a woman stopped at the host stand and started shoveling crayons into her purse. I said, “Ma’am, those are for children; please stop stealing our crayons.”
Well, her response was, “Listen here missy, don’t be telling me what to do! Besides, you can afford to let me steal crayons.” Then she zipped up her giant purse and ran out of the restaurant. I was speechless.
21. Drink Scavenger
Back when I used to go to bars/clubs regularly, I had gotten a table with bottle service with another friend. We were waiting for a few more friends to arrive before we started drinking one of the bottles. There was this well-known moocher at the club who used to make the rounds trying to score free drinks.
He made his way to our table and tried to pour himself a glass, but we stopped him and told him we were waiting for some people to arrive. He said, “Cool” and then grabbed the leftover drink that I had sitting on the table. It was pretty much just back-wash, and I was too disgusted to stop him. At least he got his free drink.
2o. The Case Of The Missing Veggies
I’ve worked at Noodles and Company for the last three years. We are trained to repeat the entire order back to the person before they pay just to make sure it’s correct. Four to five times a week, maybe even four to five times a shift, depending on the day (usually Fridays and Saturdays), I will take someone’s order, say a regular-sized mac n’ cheese, and repeat it back to them. When I would bring it out to them, they would instantly say: “Oh, I ordered chicken with this; I want it.” Dang it, I know you didn’t order that. And my managers just always say give it to them.
My friend, who is a manager at the same Noodles I work at, had some lady and her daughter come in during a Friday night rush. They ordered a Pesto Cavatappi. The lady ended up complaining to my manager friend saying that there were no veggies in it and wanted a brand new one with veggies. Got a new one made up and just before my coworker set it on the table, the daughter asks her mom “Why did you make me eat the veggies out of the other one if we are getting a new one?” The manager gave a “Are you kidding me?” look to the lady and walked away with the freshly made food.
19. It’s Not Fair For Her
We had this regular who would come in after church every Sunday and eat lunch with her family. She always tipped $2 no matter what her bill was, and it was usually over $45.
One day she came at 11 am, and while her food was being prepared, I was finishing my breakfast at our small service station. After coming back from washing my hands, the other server told me this lady had complained that she could see me eating, and it wasn’t fair that I should get to eat before her. We bought her an entree for the “inconvenience.”
18. Act Of Dishonesty
One time I had a seemingly normal couple come up and order with a BOGO coupon for two two-piece boneless chicken meals. I noticed that the man didn’t hand me the coupon; he just set it on the counter in front of himself.
I took the money and as I had my head down to count their change, I looked up (they couldn’t see my eyes due to my hat) and he was sneakily sliding the coupon under his elbow to his wife who then stuck it up under her arm and then walked away to get their drinks. I thought it was really strange because they seemed like a normal middle-aged couple like my parents yet they did something so dishonest.
17. “Just Being Fair”
My friend was notorious for being cheap. At parties or potlucks where we all brought food to share, she would monitor her dishes and scold people if they took too much. She would also bring Tupperware and bring home all the leftovers. She didn’t even give people the chance to take their own food home, or worse, she would start piling the food in Tupperware halfway through the party. We finally called her out on it and stopped inviting her to our parties. Before we stopped hanging out with her, a big group of us went to a Brazilian steakhouse for a celebration of one of our friends. We all agreed to pay for ourselves and split our friend’s tab because that’s what normal people do. My friend and I had actually won gift cards to the restaurant at an event we were at, and we were going to pay for everyone. At most, people would only pitch in for tips. As soon as we got there, my cheap friend made a big deal about separate tabs and making sure the server knew she was only paying for her and her husband and a portion of our friend’s bill. We didn’t say anything about the gift cards at this point, and all of us except the cheapos were ordering drinks and appetizers. She was losing her mind about the portion she had to pay for our friend.
We ended up having a great time anyway. She was livid when the bill came because our friend had two drinks and a dessert. None of the rest of us gave a crap we were there to have fun and celebrate, and I told her I would pay her portion. She was visibly relieved and going on and on about it “just being fair.” I told the server that I was paying for everyone but the cheapos before handing over the gift cards which were even enough to cover tip since we didn’t have to pay for cheapos’ dinners. The looks on their faces were priceless. They couldn’t believe we wouldn’t pay for their meals and kept saying how unfair it was. We never went out to dinner with them again.
16. Agreed To Disagree
I used to work at Outback, where steaks usually came with two sides: a starch or veggie, and a salad on the side. Our house salad was the same price, but for one of our “premium” salads, it was maybe 50 cents more. This was clearly labeled.
So this one guy orders his meal. Orders his premium salad, I let him know that it’s premium and has an upcharge. He agrees. Everything is fine… until we get to the check, where he flips out, convinced I was trying to rip him off for a bigger tip.
15. The Revenge Mug
Since we were a neighborhood restaurant, sometimes regulars would bring in their own mugs for coffee. I would just fill their mugs, which oftentimes were larger than ours, and charge them the regular price. There was this one particular woman who I did not know that brought her own mug in. I filled it as normal and charged her the normal price ($2.50). She was LIVID when she got the bill and realized that she had been charged for coffee.
For some reason, she thought she would get free coffee if she brought her own mug. I explained to her that this was not the case and she reluctantly paid the bill, leaving the tip field blank. Here’s the best part: she left the mug behind! I kept it and still have it. I call it the revenge mug.
14. I’ll Leave That To You
One woman tried to convince us to let her leave her own box of tea at our coffee shop. She basically wanted to be able to come in and order tea for free (since we don’t charge for water). She tried to argue that it really wouldn’t be an inconvenience for us, since we have shelves just for tea (which we have set up in a super decorative way involving mason jars and florals and sheesh).
So, she wanted free hot water, free paper cups, free honey, free lemon, and storage space for her tea just so she could have the experience of going to a coffee shop in the morning for her beverage without having to pay for it. The tea was just regular old black tea. It wasn’t even anything fancy or special.
13. Must Not Waste Food
A man kept piling his plate with expensive meats and asking all the employees where they are from. After his dinner, he asked for doggy bags for the meats. We told him we don’t allow doggy bags because it is a buffet.
A heated argument arose between him and the manager, and this man’s argument was that because we had employees that were born in third world countries, he should be allowed to take the food home as it is being wasted otherwise.
12. FREEzza Harpy
I used to work at Pizza Hut. One day I was serving a couple; the woman conveniently found a hair in her last slice of pizza which was the same length and color as her own. She tried to blame the staff; at the time I had short hair and was the only female on shift that day. All the guys had short hair so wasn’t any of us.
Well, you could tell her boyfriend looked uncomfortable but she kept harping on how she wasn’t happy and that it wasn’t her hair. In the end, the manager gave her a completely new free pizza… And this is why people do stuff like this cause they know they will get away with it!
11. People With No Dignity Be Like
Some people ask for a second helping (which we will gladly provide free of charge if you’re still hungry), then ask for a to-go box ten seconds later. Our policy is that you can’t have a to-go box if you order a second helping. We don’t offer refills for you to take it home and eat it later.
When told this, they’ll grab boxes left on tables that haven’t been cleaned yet, and ask every employee that walks by until they get some new kid who doesn’t know any better, or simply shove everything they can into someone else’s box. I don’t do anything to stop them anymore. I just stand back and watch them behave like pigs at a trough. Then I go wait on my other customers who still have an ounce of dignity left.
10. There’s No Such Thing As Free Pancakes
For some reason, a lot of customers would order things that were not anywhere on the menu. For example, we did not have waffles. We had French toast, pancakes, a lot of bread and stuff but not waffles.
This guy comes in, doesn’t look at the menu, and orders waffles. I tell him to take a look at the menu and I’d be back to help him. I guess that made him mad because after he ordered pancakes, he demanded that they be comped because we didn’t have what he originally wanted. Luckily, my manager was near and heard the conversation, and he dealt with the prick. He did not get his free pancakes.
9. Can’t Get Away With It
While I worked in an all you can eat restaurant, we frequently had customers who would eat three or four plates of food, then go and fill up another five, leave them all full on the table and claim the food was all disgusting and refuse to pay.
There was one time in particular when a couple tried to do this, the managers got involved and were refusing to let the customers leave whilst they called the police. The woman in the couple tried to push past one of my managers and he took hold of her arm to stop her leaving. Cue shouts of attack and harassment and male partner suddenly going crazy, shouting, “Don’t you touch my woman.” Luckily, there was a full restaurant of people who were watching the show, so they couldn’t get away with it.
8. Ms. Cunnings
As a server of four years, I recently saw the most “cunning” act of this. A woman orders her shrimp and crab-stuffed trout and when I did the “two-bite check” she said it was terrible. However, he refused to let us take her plate away because she insisted on not wasting food.
She said multiple times that it was “baked too long”, had “too much seasoning”, and “tasted bland.” We served four other trouts that night with great feedback. Obviously the manager comped her meal and she got to eat it all.
7. We Remember You
A chubby woman and her friend accused another waiter and I of discriminating against them because of their size. They said we were being rude and avoiding them. They asked for a full discount on their dinner and threatened to spam us with negative reviews and said they will never return.
They returned a week later and did the same thing, thinking we wouldn’t remember their faces. The manager told them next time they return, they will not be served.
Not a server but I was on a double date at a restaurant with a buy one, get one for $1 coupon. My wife and I shared one big fajita entree. Our friends did the same. They also bought a large margarita. We drank water.
When the bill came, our friend put down a dollar and said something like “Ah so, you bought an entree and here is my $1.” I was in shock. Luckily, her fiancé gave her a nasty look and offered to pay half and for their drink. They eventually divorced.
5. For A Change
When I delivered pizza, there was a guy who ordered from us several times a week, and the conversations would go like this: Customer: “How much is that?” Me: “Um…$18.35.” Customer: “Okay. Tell the driver I’m paying with a $20 bill, and I want one $1.65 back.” He never tipped, never smiled, and never said thank you.
One Friday night, his order was the final of a six-order run, and the previous customers had taken all my change. I ended up shorting him a dime and apologized. By the time I got back to the store, my boss was on the phone trying to calm him down because, to quote, “I refused to give him his change.”
4. HUHppy Birthday
I used to work at a local pizza place that was very popular with kids, and we would make a huge deal about a kid’s birthday. We would pull out a horn and honk it, turn on a siren attached to the ceiling that wailed like hell, and yell and sing at the top of our lungs.
A woman, who came in frequently with her husband and kids made a habit of complaining about her pizza after almost all of it was gone. Also, about every three months, it was one of her children’s birthdays, and she wanted their free ice cream. Thing is, she only had two children. It really befuddled me that she would put her kid through that obvious embarrassment so often just so she could get her ice cream fix.
3. A Week Later
I used to work at a high-end private golf and country club. One member once asked us if he could get a doggy bag for a sandwich he had ordered and to keep it in the fridge since he was going golfing.
The man came back a WEEK later, and asked for the sandwich. Obviously, at this point, we had thrown out the sandwich, but he demanded to be reimbursed for the sandwich anyway, and threw a huge fit over it.
2. We Heard It Right
I saw something last week that has me a bit shocked, even now. Every week, my daughter and I do pizza night from Little Caesar’s. It’s cheap, it’s filling, and she likes it, so it’s a win-win. While I was waiting for my order, a guy came in and asked if they had any sausage pizzas. They told him they had just put one in and asked if that was what he wanted. He did, so they rang it up, and he paid. Then when the pizza came out, he said, “What do you mean, sausage? I ordered pepperoni. If I’m going to have to wait, I want some free bread.”
The new shift manager who had just come in after this guy came in, agreed and took care of him. This was all happening while the other employees and I were sitting there in shock that this guy had the stones to do that to get a $3 order of bread for free. After he walked out, and I got my pizza, I talked to the employees and said, “I heard him order a sausage pizza, I watched you ring him up for sausage. I’m not nuts, am I?” They had all seen/heard the same.
1. My Grandparents
My grandfather had a firmly held belief that any drink served in a restaurant should cost no more than 10 cents per glass. So if the restaurant charged $1.50 for a sweet tea with free refills, he would sit there until he’d drank at least 15 glasses. Nobody else could leave until he finished.
My grandmother would also take us, me, my brother and sister to a restaurant, and instead of buying us milk, she’d make us drink the tiny creamers.