Fast food joints have a limited number of options on their menus, but you'd be surprised just how creative people can get with their orders.
Below, fast food workers share the strangest thing a customer has ordered. Check them out!
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Find This Person And Lock ‘Em Up!
“I just went to a McDonalds where the person in front of me in the line ordered a Sundae, but the sauce was the Big Mac sauce.
The reaction of the fast food worker was a mix of shocked, confused and trying hard not to laugh.”
These People Should Be Banned From Restaurants
“I used to work at a Potbelly’s.
I think the grossest sandwich I saw was a tuna salad with extra mayo, lettuce, chickpeas, hot peppers, candied walnuts, cranberries, extra onions, and they wanted all of that on the sandwich BEFORE it went into the oven. The lettuce turned into a soggy mess, the mayo turned translucent, and most of the toppings were just falling off in the oven. I was also allergic to the hot peppers, so anytime someone wanted a sandwich with hot peppers on it to be put through the oven, I would have to leave the sandwich station because the fumes would make me break out in hives.
We also had someone who wanted mustard in a milkshake once, and someone who ordered a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with bacon and raw onions.
Meatballs with mayo and marinara were pretty common. Meatballs with spicy mustard were pretty rare, but they tasted pretty great, surprisingly.
My boss at the time had worked at Chipotle before moving to Potbelly’s, and he said nothing we could make at Potbelly’s could come close to the messy monstrosity one of his regulars used to order. They would get a barbacoa burrito, no rice, no beans, two scoops of the liquid medium salsa, extra-extra sour cream, and would expect them to somehow roll this liquid monstrosity into a burrito shape. He said it would just slop that mess all over the place. He said he asked the guy several times if he would prefer a bowl with a tortilla on the side but he declined.”
Do You Understand The Concept Of A Salad?
“I worked for a while in a vegetarian/vegan-friendly buffet restaurant. Now, the majority of people were nice, not particularly haughty about their diet or anything, but I had two customers that were, let’s say, different.
The first one came up to me with a plate already filled with various salads. She showed me the plate and asked me: ‘Do your salads have any raw ingredients in it?’ And before I could answer, she continued ‘Because I’m pregnant, see, so I can’t eat anything raw’ While still showing me her plate of definitely-raw, various-veggies-and-fruits salads.
I was so dumb-struck that all I could say was ‘Let me ask the kitchen to make sure.’ And I did, because ‘is salad raw’ is one of these questions that make you question even the most basic things, such as what a salad is, or what hats are. I asked the chef if our salads had raw ingredients in them, he looked at me and said: ‘Is she familiar with the concept of salad?’
We ended up switching her plate for another one because yes, our salads had raw ingredients in them. However, all in all, she was nice about it and didn’t mind waiting a bit more for us to fix her plate.
The second one was, however, a bit ruder. She came up to me and told me that she could only eat raw, vegan stuff. I thus directed her to the salad buffet, and that’s when she scowled at me and said: ‘Uh, yeah, but I’m getting a bit tired of salads, you know?’
So, you bestow upon other people the task of finding you food that fits your incredibly narrow criteria and then you complain that it’s a tad unoriginal? She later complained that we didn’t have any raw cake.
This is the only time I thought ‘You are an insult to natural selection.'”
Which One Is The Beefy Freeze?
“I worked at Taco Bell for four years. Once I turned 18, I had the privilege of being scheduled closing shifts.
One night after bar close, a group came through the drive-thru, and you could tell they had too much to drink. They order a bunch of $1 burritos and three Strawberry Frutista Freezes. One of the guys yelled into the speaker that he wanted a scoop of beef in his Frutista Freeze. I was over this shift and the job and said, ‘Whatever, sounds good, your total is this, please pull ahead.’
The closing manager was helping me out with drinks during the post bar close rush and decided to hand out the order to this car. The driver was taking the food/drinks and handing it to the passengers, someone from the back seat yelled, ‘I hope you didn’t forget my beefy freeze!’ My manager replied, ‘We didn’t, but good luck figuring out which one is which.'”
All BBQ, All The Time
“Back when I worked at Pizza Hut, someone ordered a BBQ chicken pizza with extra BBQ drizzled on the top and then more BBQ Basted on the crust and then four BBQ sauce cups.
I like BBQ sauce myself but still, think that was a bit much. It was like half BBQ sauce by weight.”
We Warned Him
“I used to work at a Dairy Queen like 15 years ago.
A dude in the drive through requested an Oreo Blizzard with Peanuts. We warned him that the peanuts we had in stock were not only salted but of those peanuts with lemon ‘dust.’ He said go on.
We prepared it, delivered, he paid for it, and he just drove back to the drive-thru. We heard him laughing his butt off, the blizzard was horrendous, and he requested just a regular Oreo blizzard (he did not fight a refund or anything). When he came to the window, he gave us back the cup with the lemon peanut blizzard for us to taste.
It was horrible indeed.”
That’s A Sandwich
“I worked at a kitchen in a pub, and this woman ordered one of our panini sandwiches with extra mayonnaise. No problem, I put some extra mayo on it and go to serve her at the table. I ask her if there’s anything else she needs, and she opens the sandwich and gives me a mean look. ‘More mayonnaise, please.’
No fuss from me, I run it back to the kitchen and spread a considerable amount of mayo on the sandwich and run it back out. She does the same thing, and this time says, ‘Do you think this is extra mayonnaise?’ and doesn’t even look at me.
This is the woman who placed an order two minutes before closing time, I was kind of over the day so I said fine, this will get extra mayonnaise. I’m here to serve. I dump half of the tub of mayo onto the sandwich and slam/smear that stuff together. It was disgusting — mayonnaise protruding — from all angles of the sourdough before the rest of the kitchen. It was a disgraceful mess.
I bring her this creation, and her face brightens up, ‘Now that’s a sandwich! Thanks!’ and she begins sloppily inhaling that thing. My plan to disgust her didn’t work out, and instead, it just backfired on me.”
Beyond Charred At This Point
“The guy who owned the produce store across the street would come in and order a hot dog, with the addendum, ‘Burn it.’ First time I cooked his order, I charred that sucker good. And he sent it back, ‘not burnt enough.’
By the time I sent out the next dog, I would have testified on a stack of Bibles that it was just a hot dog-shaped piece of charcoal. When he was leaving, he smiled and gave me a big thumbs-up. After that, whenever he’d come in, he’d give me the nod and I’d get to work, turning an innocent hot dog into a cinder for him.”
Just Ham It Up
“The guy who served 14-year-old picky-eater-me at Subway should be here. I still cringe thinking about the time I ordered a foot long sub with just two slices of ham in it. That was it.
He was begging me to let him put more food in it, and rightfully so.”
That Will Fool This Cop
“I worked the drive-thru at Jack-In-The-Box while in high school. People coming by after a night out were fairly common on the weekends. Many of them would confuse our monster tacos with hot dogs and would order hot dogs. One time someone got mad at me because he wanted a hot dog. So, we made him a ‘hot dog’ and gave it to him. Three bites into his taco, he said, ‘was that so hard?’ I walked away from the window to clean some dishes.
A few minutes later, I happened to look in the direction of the drive-thru. I could not see the window, but above the window was a timer that would go from green numbers (okay) to yellow (need to speed things up) to red (the customer has been there too long). I saw the numbers flashing red because they were at 13 minutes. I did not hear any cars come through on my headset, so I was confused. I walked up to the window, and the guy who gave me crap about the hot dogs was there, passed out in his car.
So we called the cops. They showed up. One cop came into the restaurant so he could talk to the guy. He parked too close to the window for the cop (a portly fellow) to get to his driver’s window. When the cop tapped the guy, while hanging out of the drive-thru window, the guy woke up and started screaming at the cop because all of the meat in his hot dog was mush. Again, it was a taco, and anyone who has had a Jack-In-The-Box taco will understand. It is meat flavored mush. He was livid and threw the second ‘hot dog’ at the cop. It then dawned on him that this man was a cop, he had too much to drink and was also driving.
I kid you not, he then climbed into the passenger seat and started asking where the driver went, as the car started rolling forward into a bush. He was adamant that he was never driving.”
The Nugget-Only Diet
“I worked at McDonald’s years ago. A woman said she wanted three bags of uncooked chicken nuggets. I started to tell her no, but my manager took over on the drive-thru microphone and told her we could do that, and told her to pull up to the window. I chatted with her and my manager about it.
Apparently, she had an extremely picky son, and McD’s chicken nuggets were the only thing he’d willingly eat. This was apparently a regular thing, and my manager knew her by name. I’m still surprised we did that, with all the potential liability.”
Want Some Coffee With That Cream And Sugar?
“I worked at Tim Hortons once, and we had a guy who routinely came through the drive-thru asking for a large Gretzky. What’s a Gretzky, you ask?
It’s a coffee with nine sugars and nine creams (hence ‘Gretzky’ 99) and would just be a cup filled with sugar and cream, with a splash of coffee on top. He did this so often, it just stopped seeming like an anomaly until I remembered it later on.”
“When I worked at McDonald’s as a teenager, a buddy of mine who worked across the street came in my restaurant on his lunch break. He ordered eight cheeseburgers. I scoffed at him, claiming there’s no way he’d eat them all. He took his cheeseburgers, sat at a table where I could see him and stared at me nonstop as he ate every cheeseburger. Something was unnerving about watching sometime leer at you while they slowly eat.
He brought the tray up to me when he was done, nothing but empty yellow wrappers on it. He placed it on the counter in front of me without saying a word, and left.”
That Milk Better Be Worth It
“One of my friends in high school was Mormon, and her family was bizarre. She wasn’t that into it, but her mom and step-dad were over the top with their religion. I went to the mall with them one time, and her mom asked if we wanted Starbucks. Heck yeah, I’m always down for drinks, and especially when I’m not paying for it. So we ordered our Frappes or whatever and her mom stepped up to give her order.
Now, apparently Mormons aren’t supposed to drink coffee/caffeine, so her mom asked for a latte, no sugar, extra foam, no coffee. It stumped the barista, and after a couple of minutes hesitation, she clarified that her mom just wanted a cup of steamed milk. They didn’t have anything in their system at the time for just a cup of milk, so she ended up paying like $4 for a cup of steamed milk.”
You Netted A Profit!
“I once had a guy come into KFC with his dog, and I looked at him like ‘are you serious?’ He goes, ‘Oh, I should probably leave her outside?’ And I’m like ‘probably.’
He takes the dog out and starts yelling at some teenagers out there then comes back in and says, ‘I want two meals, one for me and one for the dog.’ When I offered him a three-piece quarter pack for him and a snack box for the dog, he insisted on getting two three-piece quarter packs. I made them up for him, and he gave me four drinks to keep cool till he’d finished his meal
He didn’t come back for them, so I drank them as I was cleaning up.”
The Ultimate Beverage
“The grossest thing I’ve seen in terms of drinks was a slush with EVERY single flavor in the store added to it. They didn’t want just the basic slush flavors mixed, oh no. They wanted those plus the drink station flavors such as cherry and vanilla plus any liquid ice cream flavors (chocolate, caramel, fudge). The slush was a deep disgusting brown. I made them pay for it before we made it just to make sure they didn’t run off.
I don’t remember an outlandish food order. I was shocked the first time I had someone order a hamburger with no bread, but she explained that she had some kind of allergy.
We did have a regular customer that would pull in and joke about ordering drinks and pizza, and we would read back their order like we worked at McDonald’s or Burger King or somewhere else. That customer always tipped well though.”
The Mayo King
“So this might not be as bad, but it was my first run-in with this type of thing. I was 16 and got my first job. It was at the Burger King by our mall. So, super busy and all of that. I worked in the kitchen mainly, and after three months of working at this place, this dude comes in around dinner time, an older guy. He’s talking to the cashier, and I’m listening, trying to get a leg up on his order.
He straight up tells her, ‘Double-whopper, plain, extra, extra, EXTRA, mayo. If you think you put enough mayo on there, double that.’ So I’m thinking this guy is clowning pretty hard. I put some extra mayo on this Whopper, was maybe fourth of a cup. He’s watching me through the heat racks and I look at him, dude just shakes his head. So I put more on. I stick the spatula back in the tub of mayo and get quite a bit, thinking at this point I’d call his bluff. Nope. The guy is still staring into my soul. So I get more. This thing has some weight to it now, and I tell him ‘if I put any more on it’s just going to ooze over the sides, that cool?’ He straight up tells me ‘that’s perfect.’ So I put more on, and doing anything but holding this top bun horizontally would cause this stuff to run everywhere. My coworkers were like holy crap; this guy eats this? No way.
I put the top bun on the Whopper real quick, and it’s already oozing everywhere. I wrap it as best I could as this stuff slathered inside the wrapper. The guy was nice and seemed to enjoy it, enough to the point he came back in frequently to order one. I got pretty desensitized, but every time I would peel open a tub of mayo there it made me think of him. Hope he’s still alive at this point.
Unrelated but I worked with a guy there named Ray-Ray, and he did a lot of bath salts. Also had a manager that was a character, who would stick knives in outlets every time there was a power issue. I learned a lot there.”
An Unnecessary Way Of Ordering Things
“I used to work at a small coffee shop, and a huge bike race was being held in town, so we had a huge influx of health-conscious athletes coming through. Most of the food we had were pastries and bagels, and we would make sandwiches by microwaving eggs with cheese and bacon bits and putting it on the bagels.
So all day I was getting dudes in skin tight bicycling pants asking for the egg sandwich minus the bagel with the bacon on the side (essentially scrambled eggs and bacon) but in an asinine way of going about it.”
Every. Single. Fry.
“I worked at McDonald’s, and I had a woman order a McChicken but with the bun and the chicken separate. She then ordered her fries half-cut. As in, take a knife, cut them in half. My friend just gave her a look like ‘what are you talking about’ and went to cook up the order while I rang the lady up.
It was lucky she only wanted a small, but still. I ended up leaving one fry uncut just to mess with her, but she didn’t come complaining.
I did find her trying to cut the chicken in half with a plastic knife she brought from home and eat it without the bun.
That’s the first weird thing I’ve seen at McDonald’s since working there, honestly.”