Typhoon Troubles Customer

May 25, 2012

in Accident & Mishap Stories

While traveling through Southeast Asia, I spent a few weeks in the Philippines. One day it was raining (caused by a typhoon). There wasn’t much to do, so I packed my Macbook Pro and went to a restaurant to use their free WiFi. I ordered a Coke and started to browse the internet.

The rain and wind became stronger and stronger. All of a sudden, the wind blew a tile off the roof and rain started to fall onto me. Not knowing what the hell was going on, I took my laptop and brought it to safety. The rain kept falling through the roof and pretty soon the entire restaurant floor was wet.

Fortunately it turned out that my laptop was unharmed; only my shirt got wet. The restaurant staff managed to fix the roof while it was raining (they got soaking wet). The manager apologized and even offered me a free meal which I gladly accepted.

All in all it was a pretty good outcome to what could have been a small catastrophe. If the hole in the roof would have been in a slightly different location, the water would have poured over my laptop and destroyed it.

– David Hehenberger
My blog: PortableBarCompany Blog

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Edward May 26, 2012 at 12:18 am

So, your laptop wasn't ruined. Quit complaining!


Rumpot May 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm

They weren't complaining, they were complimenting the staff.


Aaron May 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Not a whiff of hell here.


Rachelle May 30, 2012 at 2:06 am

You have to be kidding me!? I'm surprised that the restaurant owner didn't write a story about you, then it would have qualified as a Diner from Hell story.


Eric June 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

If I was sitting in a restaurant and a typhoon blew part of the roof off, I'd certainly call it a dinner from hell.


J.R. June 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Nice to see they are just as customer service olriented in the Philippines. http://complaintothemanager.blogspot.com/


momo June 10, 2012 at 2:18 am

Free meal? For what? All you ordered was a Coke (WHOA WHAT A SPLURGE) because you're a mooch for Wi-fi. Why did this story get accepted?


SashatheBrit June 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Super cool story, bro. Changed my life.


steph November 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm



Mel November 3, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Free meal?!? You are actually blaming restaurant staff because you decided to go out during a typhoon? What is wrong with you?!?!?


Amy May 18, 2017 at 9:44 am

He didn't BLAME anyone. He was complimenting the staff for how they quicky fixed the roof and gave him a free meal (that he didn't ask for, hell he didn't even complain to them) because the roof fell on him along with rain water. Dinner from hell, yes…….. Service from hell, no. Sheesh! Try actually READING the article before posting stupid comments.


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