A waitress at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Queens, New York, apparently asked her fry cook for a little something extra on her customer's burger.
It happened on Father's Day, when customer Curtis Mays went out to dinner with his daughter and granddaughter at the easternmost borough Beer Garden. He told ABC7 that:
[The waitress] was very nice. She comes up to the table, ‘Hi guys, how are you doing?'
Mays then ordered a burger (well-done) with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and mayo on a toasted bun. The interaction went fine and nothing seemed amiss. Until later, when Mays asked the waitress for his receipt before he paid, as his order had gotten a bit "mixed up."
But when Mays saw the receipt, he realized he'd gotten much more than an order mix-up; the waitress had requested not only that his burger be well-done but for the cook to “Please Spit In It Too.”
EXCLUSIVE: On a scorching hot summer night, what’s better than a cold brew? Pair it with a juicy burger.— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) June 18, 2018
Cheddar cheese, well done, toast bread, please spit in it too! Don’t forget the mayo! Wait... spit?! At 11pm we’ll tell you which beer garden and what the manager told us. pic.twitter.com/45FWLNsTvS
You can see Mays's reaction for yourself in this interview with the news channel:
Mays says by the time he saw the receipt he'd already eaten his food:
I felt like I was gonna throw up.
When news of this hit,ma collective gag could be heard round the web:
This is just NASTY! I hope this gentleman Improves the operations when he takes over ownership...— Chuck Pettyjohn (@ChuckPettyjohn) June 18, 2018
But as always, some folks brought the jokes:
I think the worst crime is ordering well-done. The spit was needed for moisture lol— Rachel Rappaport (@coconutlime) June 19, 2018
if you're gonna disrespect a burger by ordering it well-done you deserve disrespect back— CLN REV0LVER (@RuPaulver) June 18, 2018
I'm sure the patron was the nicest human being alive and in no way was disrespectful to their server...— Gregory Grizzell (@GrizzellGregory) June 18, 2018
And others gave the waitstaff the benefit of the doubt, citing diner lingo:
We are taking the patrons word of events as factual. Remember there's always two sides of the story. That said, it's very conceivable the receipt meant to say "And split it in two" since he was there with his two kids and the waitress was complete idiot in spelling.— Vincent Hanna (@VinnyHanna98) June 18, 2018
Agreed. I review reports for living. You'd be surprised the common literary mistakes people make with what seem to be easy common placed words and sentences. I highly doubt someone spit in the food, but only getting one person's side of events isn't a smoking gun.— Vincent Hanna (@VinnyHanna98) June 19, 2018
clearly meant “split.” if the reporter had ever tried to type something on a touchscreen restaurant computer they would know how frequent mistakes are. and the fact this actually made the news is almost more depressing than the fact that the poor waitress got fired.— Joey Katzen (@reelbigbeagles) June 19, 2018
In the end, Mays says the manager fired the waitress on the spot and gave him a refund.
He was saying, 'how can we compensate you?' I was like, 'how can you compensate somebody for spitting on your food? I ate this already.
WABC reports that the manager had never had a problem with the waitress before and that he said:
Food service is a stressful job, but it was unacceptable.
He then added that he felt it was highly unlikely that a cook actually spat in the patron's burger, but he understands why the customer was upset.
This is awful! Glad to hear that it was handled my the manager. Are there any steps we can take to make sure this doesn’t happen?— Socialnn Austin (@socialnn) June 20, 2018