- About 3,800 service industry workers responded to viral Reddit thread
- The post asked: 'What is dumbest question customer has ever asked you?'
- The responses are priceless - but may make you lose faith in humanity
Despite the old adage, the customer is not always right - as these stories of particularly foolish diners and shoppers prove.
Restaurant workers, baristas and supermarket workers have shared some of the stupidest questions they've ever been asked on Reddit - and some may make you lose faith in humanity.
More than 3,800 people have responded to the question: 'What is the dumbest question a customer has ever asked you?' posted on Reddit today - and some of the replies are priceless.
Restaurant, supermarket and cafe workers (posed by a model) have shared the most moronic questions and requests they have ever been asked on Reddit
Long suffering baristas kicked things off by sharing some of the most moronic questions they've ever been asked.
Lovecraft112 commented: 'My favorite is still a lady who asked me to make sure the ice was cold.'
Another barista remembered: '"Why are you watering down my coffee?" - Guy who ordered an Iced Americano.'
JeaMarch supplied this hilarious anecdote: '"Do you sell coffee here?" They don't call it a coffee shop for nothing I guess.'
Baristas shared the stupidest things they'd ever been asked, including if a coffee shop sold coffee and a request to make sure the 'ice was cold'
And NoDoThis remembered: 'Working at a small coffee shop that roasted their own beans/had their own brand. "Do you sell Starbucks here?"
'"No ma'am we roast our own coffee." "Well that's just bad business!" ...okay.'T
Theoutlet said: 'Used to work at a Coffee Bean &a Tea Leaf. One early morning I had a customer order a frappucino.
'I responded with: "I'm sorry, we don't serve those here."'
Startled, the customer looks at me incredulously, then looks around themself like they're actually seeing where they are for the first time, then looks back at me and says: "This isn't a Starbucks?!"
Coffee chains seem to be a particularly popular spot for stupid questions
One barista, becauseusoft, said she was baffled when a customer asked her to 'aerate' his juice - by which he meant stirring it.
She recalled: '"Can you aerate that for me?"
'He wanted me to stir his apple juice. Technically his word choice was applicable, I guess, but wtf, dude?
'He had a straw ready in his hand and he could damn well have aerated that juice himself.
'I admit it took me two seconds of staring at his serious face before I reached for a straw, unwrapped it, and stirred his drink.
'I did it all without breaking eye contact with him, and he was satisfied.
'Also I think about him now every time I stir or shake my chocolate milk to make it frothy.'
Peregrinousduramater recounted an anecdote from when they worked at Starbucks.
Becauseusoft and Mandierose12 recounted two moronic incidents, when someone asked for their hot drink to be served in a cup, and when a man wanted a barista to 'aerate' his drink for him
'Patron is a pleasant mid-thirties businessman, has ordered two beverages and is waiting for them patiently.
'I finish up, hand him his hot chocolate and ice tea, and then he asks me which is which....'
Another Starbucks worker recalled this hilarious episode. '"And can I get that in a cup, please?" I work at Starbucks.'
Restaurant workers also shared some of their most memorable idiotic requests and questions.
Trebuchetfight said he often gets questions about the food where he works because it's an Italian restaurant.
But recently one diner tested his patience after repeatedly failing to understand that pollo meant chicken.
He said: 'I work at an Italian place right now. We call our Italian menu items by Italian names with English descriptions.
'I get a lot of questions, but I don't mind a hair because I get paid to talk about food.
'Not too long ago though it sort of went slapstick. It's not that they asked a dumb question, but they kept asking it.
Restaurant workers (posed by model) have shared the idiotic questions they have ever been asked in a viral thread that has attracted more than 3,800 comments
Denisedenephew and Trebuchetfight both shared stories from working in restaurants
'"Pollo e penne?" "Oh, that's chicken and pasta with..." "Does it have meat in it?"
'"The chicken pasta? Yes, pollo is Italian for chicken."
'"Can I get the chicken but not the pollo?"
'"Pollo is just Italian for chicken, if you want chicken, it's really good..."
'"No, I like chicken but I don't want pollo."
'I kind of lost it for a split second.'
DeniseDeNephew remembered: 'I went to dinner once at a Chinese restaurant in Missouri and a woman at the table next to ours yelled at the waiter, "Where is the other sauce?
'"We are supposed to get Sweet and Sour Sauce and we only got one sauce!"
Battle-Squid remembered when a customer asked if the BLT came with bacon, while JaineLaine said she had a request for 'free wine refills' at a restaurant
HelloYouAreCool recounted: 'I was at a drive-thru and the person in front of me asked if he can have his food to go.'
DoubleB481 verified the story by replying with: 'Happens a few times a week. Source: my 10 years in restaurant management.'
And almightySapling added: 'What? I worked at McDonald's for a few years, primarily taking orders in drive-thru. I heard this a few times an hour.
'Saying "to go" at the beginning or end of your order is sort of a reflex for some people.'
One customer was deceived when whoever taught them what sweetcorn was .
Poochymane and literalmirmaid were among Reddit users who shared stories about customer having 'blonde' moments
Literalmirmaid shared: 'Customer: Where's the sugar? Me: What? Customer: I ordered sweet corn, this is just corn.'
Poochymane said this question was the stupidest they had ever been asked: 'Are these donuts sugar free? B****, they're deep fried and glazed.'
Battle-Squid shared an incident where the customer had clearly forgotten what the 'B' in BLT stands for.
'"Does the BLT come with bacon?' they asked.
JaineLaine remembered: 'When I waited tables, this lady asked me in all seriousness if the wine had free refills.'
Slowbro_ shared two stories where customers had failed to use their brains
Another restaurant worker came up with: 'I've worked in restaurants for a few years so it's hard to say, but it'd probably be when people what goes into a rum and coke.'
Slowbro_ shared two stories where customers had failed to use their brains.
'Fast food restaurant 1: Customer: "How fresh is your soda?"
'Me: "Um it comes out of a box...". Customer: "I guess I'll get water".
'2. Customer: "Can I get a cheeseburger, no cheese".
'Me: "So, a regular hamburger".
'Customer: "No a CHEESEBURGER, NO CHEESE".
'Gave them a regular hamburger in a cheeseburger wrapper.'
Whoisthedizzle83, HelloYouAreCool, reminisced about the hilarious times when customers had asked them seemingly obvious questions
Whoisthedizzle83 remembered: '"Is this the toast?" Seriously. She wasn't joking.
'She was literally asking if the small plate with four triangles of crispy golden-brown bread and a ramekin of butter was "the toast."'
But while the majority of responses were showing up customers, one recounted by Dun_bar was about a staff member's 'blonde' moment.
'Asks for ingredients in sandwich. Me: ham, salami, cheese, tomatoes, onions....
'"Okay so is it vegetarian?" ... Yes. In fact, it's vegan.'
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