Dinners From Hell offers true stories about restaurant dining disasters written by diners, servers and chefs.

We've all had those dining experiences when things went dreadfully wrong. Perhaps it was a social blunder, an obnoxious diner, a waiter or waitress with an attitude, a temperamental chef, an embarrassing faux pas, or a food or beverage incident. Find out what others have had to endure by reading stories about dinners gone bad.

Alright kids, get ready for this joy ride.

Back in 2015 I was laid off from the best serving job ever. Unfortunately there were some investor issues and parties not getting along, so we had to close (another story for another day). Anyways, I had talked to a co-worker to see if her family was hiring at her parent’s breakfast diner. She said yes, I interviewed, and pretty much worked the following weekend. I’m not even sure where to begin with this. I worked there for five months and I can’t say I ever had a really good day.

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Everyone knows and dreads those persnickety customers who come in looking for something to complain about. They’re on high alert their entire meal, waiting for the chance to ruin someone’s day.

Well, they got me today.

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I worked as a pizza delivery guy for a big corporate pizza company. This man had ordered a pizza to be delivered to his home. The advertised price was $12.99. The final price was $18:35 (tax and delivery charge). I took the worst cussing ever from a customer.

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While there are tons of stories on here about customers or workers, I haven’t read one about a manager yet, so let me tell you about mine…

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Several years ago my now husband and I moved from our relatively large home city to a small town in the Upper Midwest when he was offered an excellent job opportunity after college graduation. I had just finished an undergrad degree as well, but the town was based entirely around agriculture and petroleum and there were no jobs available in my field. His salary was enough for both of us (that’s what enticed us there), but I decided to take a restaurant job to meet people and make some extra cash for our vacation fund.

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It was late night right before close when a couple came in to play some pool. I was about to do closing duties, but it was a busy night and I had a lot to do, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to let the customers stay a little past close so they could get some beer and pool in.

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The night was tonight, six hours ago to be precise. It was almost ten at night and I was scheduled to be off of the floor once the overnight server showed up. Right at ten with the other server nowhere in sight, a large man walked in; I greeted him. “There will be sixteen of us,” he informs me. I silently laugh inside because this should have been the other server’s table.

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Being a waitress means dealing with the public and in case you were unaware, that means dealing with a lot of assholes. I work at a 24 hour breakfast style restaurant which means I see my fair share of cheap, rude, arrogant and inconsiderate people. Here are a few of my best stories:

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Angry Customer Assaults Employee with Pizza

October 8, 2016 Diner Stories

I work at a “family owned” pizza parlor in Tennessee. Everyone in town raves that we serve the best pizza they’ve ever had, and people come from all over the country for our famed volcano pizzas. It is not uncommon for us to get complaints about the price of our pizzas, or the wait time […]

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Child Allowed to Run Rampant in Restaurant

September 2, 2016 Kid Stories

It all started one day when my family and I had gone to a chicken wing restaurant. Immediately we see a baby. Oh god, let it be behaved… Nope, it wasn’t. The family with the baby showed no signs of moving. Play with the baby for an hour; eat a bite too small for an […]

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Trashy Tea Drinkers Squabble with Server

August 27, 2016 Diner Stories

Let’s start with this: Mother’s Day is THE busiest day at any restaurant. Everyone wants to treat their lady to a nice dinner out, which is great. As a server, the more tables the more money, right? This particular table stands out in my mind. 

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Rude Customers Complain to Server’s Coworkers

August 21, 2016 Diner Stories

I have never had to write about a horrible customer before so this may not be that entertaining, but I had to tell somebody besides my coworkers. They all know this couple and yes they are rude, but this time they went too far. And I also hope one day I could approach this couple […]

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