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way off-topic. bad food experiences...

last night i went out to eat at a favorite thai restaurant and ordered the thai basil shrimp-as usual. what was UNusual was that after taking 3 bites and going in for a 4th, my chop sticks strck a hard object in the small mound of food on my plate. upon further examination, i found a CLOTHES PIN in my meal !!!! i flagged down a waitress and almost unable to speak just pointed in horror at my plate. she winced and grabbed the plate and shooed it out of sight. when asked if there was anything else i would like, i stated the obvious-no. they offered me an explanation that the orders are hung up on a string in the kitchen and it was just a strange oversight that the wooden object ended up in my meal. not god enough! i'm horrified and will not return. have any of you had a gross experience and were then able to "let it go"?

Tue. Aug 22, 10:16am

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I went with my DH (BF at the time) to his friends house that I never met. I went to Whole Foods that day and bought a chocolate silk pie for dessert. During dessert the hostess got a funny look on her face and pulled a staple out of her mouth!!!!!! It was IN the pie. I was really glad she didn't get hurt but I was SO embarassed. I took it back to the store and they went head over heels trying to make me happy so I wouldn't sue. I got calls from the pie company, the manager of the store, I got $50 gift certificate to Whole Foods for my inconvenience and 10 coupons for free pies.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 10:40 AM

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We went to dinner at a nice place for my friends 30th b-day. During the dinner she noticed that her chicken was not cooked through. She let the waiter know, who took off with the plate real fast. They offered to make her something else but by that point she was afraid she was going to get sick from the uncooked chicken. The manager waited on us the rest of the night. We got a free bottle of wine of her choice, dessert and they paid the entire ticket. I feel bad for her but atleast they tried to make it right.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 11:00 AM

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One of my work friends found a cow's tooth inside a street vendor hot dog.

He no longer eats hot dogs.


Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 11:17 AM

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I had what appeared to be undercooked chicken at an Italian restaurant on the Jersey Shore that my mother really likes. It was dim, but I could clearly see dark pink where there shouldn't be. The manager came over and insisted that the dish was fully cooked, and acted like it was an insult to his manhood if I suggested otherwise. What pisses me off is that my mom and siblings still go there when I'm not around - I mean, my mom saw it and knew I wasn't being a princess.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 12:29 PM

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I went vegetarian 10 years ago after seeing a pig roast where some kid pulled out the eyeball and was daring everyone to eat it.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 2:53 PM

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I went to an Uno's pizza joint in Boston and got my favorite salad. I found a tiny pencil in it, the kind you use on the golf course to keep score. Apparently they use them in the back to make notes on orders or something. I couldn't eat the rest and they insisted that I have desert, although I lost my appitite. They let my friend and I eat for free. Strange!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 3:32 PM

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when i was in college i worked at a ski lodge in nh. there was a particular group of guys who would come up almost every weekend in january from mass. to ski. they did not get along with my co-worker and verbally blasted him when they would come through the lunch line. one time they called ahead and requested that we prepare 6 roast beef sandwiches for them to pick up. my co-worker (and i by NO means approve of this) spit a huge lugie (spelling?) into the mayo he spread onto each sandwich. i told our supervisor what i witnessed and he laughed and used a derogatory term for the group of skiers. i've since ordered mayo on the side, if i order it at all. ewww!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 4:13 PM

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i was in the college cafeteria once (mistake already) and the girl at my table found a small worm in her salad that she made at the salad bar.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 6:28 PM

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Re: 4:13 poster

That makes me so sick I don't know if I EVER want to eat out again!!!
Give me a clothes pin, staple or pencil anyday!


Wednesday, August 23, 2006, 4:58 PM

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Once I was eating a pasta dish at a family-run Italian restaurant, when I pulled out a piece of those steel wool sponge scrubber things from my food. The waitress took off with my food, apologized profusely. I then noticed a sort of employee family conference in the corner featuring my dinner, with lots of vocal alarm. Then an older family member came over and aplologized profusely. Then another family member came over a few minutes later, I presume he was the manager. Finaly a few minutes later an older man, who appeared to be the dishwasher, came out of the kitchen to apologize. It just got comical! I really wasn't that upset, because I know this could happen to anyone, but my dinner companion and I could hardly talk because these folks kept coming out to apologize!

Thursday, August 24, 2006, 5:21 AM

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i found a small bone (maybe a tooth?) in the meatloaf in my school cafeteria many years ago. stopped it with all meatloaf right then and there.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 10:18 AM

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I was in Guantanamo, Cuba (travelling, not imprisoned), and we went to one of those private family restaurants to eat. I was STARVING. I ordered a shrimp creole (with rice). Now, this place is a dive. It's the front of someone's living room, and the toilet was separated from the living room by a curtain. It's a dive, but it's also someone's HOUSE!

Anyway, I'm eating, and then I get this bitter taste in my mouth. It's ultra chewy, so I spit it out. It was a half smoked cigar. I s*** you not. I pointed it out to this lady, and she's like, you put it there. And I was like, why would I put a half-smoked cigar in my own food? So she goes into the kitchen, and comes back out, and is like, no one in the kitchen smokes. It can't be us. I was so hungry. AND I was so pissed off. I tried to eat around it, but the thought made me sick, so I stopped eventually.

I can laugh about it now, but I've never had anything strange like that happen to me food wise. Although my mum once found a piece of glass in some coleslaw she was eating.

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 11:05 AM

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I didn't find anything creepy in my food but when I was little I went to Morocco with my family (I would have chosen Disney but had no say!) These kabobs were placed on the table in front of us, and being kids, we asked what it was. We saw some waiters giggling and making whistling and pucker sounds like they were calling a dog. Needless to say, I ate crackers. No 12 year old American girl was eating dog that day!

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 11:36 AM

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I used to frequent a local diner for weekend breakfast and one morning I ordered a glass of chocolate milk (tssk tssk). When the waitress brought it out, I took a big sip only to realize that it wasn't chocolate milk, but dirty dishwater. Upon further inspection I realized the color was way different than chocolate milk. It was probably the most disgusting thing I've ever tasted.

Needless to say, I don't order chocolate milk anywhere anymore. That's probably a good thing!

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 11:43 AM

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These are all so bad! I once found a beetle in my salad at a restaurant, it grosses me out but at the same time things do happen! I just gave it back to the server and continued with my main course.

And I worked in the restaurant industry for 4 years during college and all I can say is: treat your servers with respect unless you want a surprise in your food! Honestly, why would anyone ever be rude to someone bringing them food and drink?? =)


Thursday, November 13, 2008, 12:11 PM

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I found a little worm in a pistachio once. I love pistachios, but it took over a year before I would eat one again. Now, I still prefer the ones that are already shelled and have been sitting in a sealed container for a while (rather than the kind in shells in the big bins you can scoop out into a bag).

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 12:23 PM

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This didnt happen to me but I have a friend that was on holidays in florida and her and her husband went out for a nice supper and when her husbands meals was served there was a red finger print on the top edge of the plate and he was like ew thats gross some touched my food so he told the waitress and she went to pick the plate up and there was the rest of a bloody hand print on the bottom of the plate.. some how some one stuck there entire hand in blood and touched the guys plate EWWWWWWW

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 12:32 PM

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This might be the most effective post ever!

For those of us here to lose or maintain weightloss, I don't know about you... but this makes me want to skip out on lunch today, for sure!

Nothing that terrible has happened to me thankfully. A stick in my salad once.... bones in soup, things like that. Mostly forgiveable.

How many people have major aversions to hair in there food? To me, in my own home its not big deal. At a restaurant though, yuck!

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 3:49 PM

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My mom had a piece of broken glass in her salad once. We all got free dessert. But really, that's dangerous.

When I was a teenager I worked at A&W where they have frosted mugs. And if a mug broke in the mug froster, you had to take all the mugs out and wash them and totally clean the mug froster... because if a piece of glass ended up in somebody's drink.... not good.

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 6:50 PM

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Once I ordered a chef salad. And there was a piece of hair. But it wasn't just that there was a hair, when I tried to pick it out, all the cheese on my salad was all caked around it. I picked up all the cheese with the hair. It was disgusting.

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 6:52 PM

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I ordered a salad from burger king and it came complete with a caterpillar.

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 9:52 PM

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my mother was hired once (this was in 1950s or something like that) by a canning company to randomly open cans and take out samples and look at them under the microscope and count hairs and bug parts. There is a USDA limit on parts that are acceptable in processed food... so it is not just restaurant food. I guess we should just think of it as free extra protein...?

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 10:43 PM

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When I lived in Texas I ran into WHole Foods and bought some stuff, one of the items was a carob bar of some sort, sort of like the nestle crunch bars, I opened it without paying much attention to it, I took a bite and thought something was not right, I looked down at the bar and all inside of it were these tiny little whitish worms of some sort. I got so freaked out and sick, but also embarassed so I didn't do anything.

Friday, November 14, 2008, 1:28 AM

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I don't have an experience, but I agree that this is one of the most effective posts on this PeerTrainer! My parents were in town and they wanted to eat out last night (which I rarely do) and I thought about this post and said, 'No thanks!'

So to the person who made this post...THANK YOU! You have motivated me to stay away from restaurants AND processed foods...

Friday, November 14, 2008, 1:24 PM

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I agree with PP. Yikes!

Saturday, November 15, 2008, 3:38 PM

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Not all restaurants mean processed foods! I really enjoy going to restaurants that serve grilled or better charcoaled food (i.e. chicken). It is completely healthy and oil-processed food free. Some Greek restaurants do that usually and i enjoy going there when i need to have a social thing out.

Saturday, November 15, 2008, 7:46 PM

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