Have you ever seen the movie Waiting? Starring Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris, Justin Long and a hint of Dane Cook, you’re welcomed to Shenaniganz, a stereotypical family restaurant. Among the wait staff the basic mantra is: don’t mess* with people who make your food.
They’re not kidding.
They hauck loogies in, shake dandruff flakes on and do unspeakable things to a lady’s dinner plate after she sends it back to the kitchen in a bitchy manner. Then they watch her eat it.
This movie piqued my interest. Does this happen often? If so, what are the reasons? What are the consequences?
According to The Huffington Post, an employee at a fast-food restaurant allegedly spit into the iced teas of a mother and daughter. The mother and daughter requested for new teas after their first two, claiming they were not sweet. When they arrived home with the second pair, they discovered an unidentified white substance after removing the top.
They called the police.
Upon viewing surveillance tapes, it becomes clear that the aforementioned employee spent an unusually long amount of time bent over the two iced teas.
Not only was the employee immediately fired from the restaurant, but his actions were punishable by law. The crime is called food tampering, and prisons can – and do – house people for years if found convicted of said crime.
According to an article on TucsonCitizen.com, there are several reasons why workers in the food industry might spit into a customer’s food/meal.
- Rudeness (from the customer)
- Not tipping enough
- Returning food to the chef
- Simply not liking the customer (personal relationships colliding with professional)
In 2009, a sheriff’s deputy in Portland, Oregon removed the top bun of his hamburger to find a distinct glob of spit, according to The Huffington Post. After a DNA test linked the saliva to an employee at the fast-food restaurant, said employee was subsequently fired. The deputy filed a federal lawsuit against the corporation, seeking a minimum of $75,000.
Apparently, spitting in a police officers’ food is wildly popular:
- Local Teen Arrested for Allegedly Spitting in Officer’s Food
- Man pleads guilty to spitting in officer’s food
- Spit Happens: Police In Uniform Are Leery of Fast-Food Places
Each perpetrator lost his/her job. Some even served jail time.
It’s a good thing Ryan Reynolds, Justin Long, Anna Faris and Dane Cook were merely acting in the 2005 movie. They would have been in some seriously deep shit in real life.
*a different word may have been used