BON APPÉTIT

‘Salt and pepper?’

‘I’ll bring some over, sir. Any sauces?’

‘Ketchup, please darling.’

He gave me that look. That look that they all have that ends by drifting from my face down to my chest and as I walk away I can feel his eyes staring at my rear. The uniform we’re made to wear doesn’t help, tight black trousers and white blouse, top two buttons undone.

‘Table 3, order up!’

I’ll take my customary revenge, my only little moment of satisfaction. I hock a good loogie into his soup and carry it over. Give him the smile as the first spoonful reaches his mouth.

‘Enjoy, sir.’


Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

72 responses to “BON APPÉTIT”

  1. LOL! My dad always said don’t send things back to kitchen or make too many demands when eating in restaurants. 😀

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  2. Never piss of the waiting staff. Good to see you back, Ian

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  3. Yeah, that I believe. Hi Iain!

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    1. Hi Janet, always lovely to hear from you. Hope you are well 🙂

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  4. Never a truer tale, which I enjoyed reading, but I am eating at home tonight🙂

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  5. Ugh. Some customers are so lecherous. I couldn’t imagine doing such a thing though it was tempting to accidentally on purpose drope a plate in their lap…

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    1. Also a good response 🙂

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      1. My mother did that. With spaghetti. Her boss silently applauded her 😉

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        1. Always good to have an understanding boss 😉

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          1. He had witnessed what the guy had said and done so he verily approved it!

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  6. Yuk! But just desserts…!

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    1. Indeed, fully deserved 🙂

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  7. Wow, that is harsh. Sadly, this does happen in real life.

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    1. Thanks Michele – probably more than we imagine.

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  8. e-ew…….. but it happens!!

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  9. This one made my skin crawl. The uniform is deliberate, and not on the part of the person wearing it.

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  10. Yikes! Reminds me of the Color Purple when Whoopi’s character spat in the man’s glass of water.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, often shown in fiction films and programmes, I’m sure it must happen in real life.

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  11. ugh! I hope that as an always lovely patron that no one does that to me. 😉 Glad to see you back. Hope you’re writing is going well.

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    1. Thanks Sascha. New book to be published next summer, so looking forward to that. Hope you’re well 🙂

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      1. That’s fantastic, Iain! Will it be a mystery and/or intrigue? I’ve been okay. Looking forward to when life returns to normal and I can *pretend* to be normal. 😉

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  12. Don’t ever annoy the waiting staff, you mad fool 🙂

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  13. OMG! I may never eat out again. I’ll certainly leave any complaints until after the meal if I do. Nice to see you, Iain, seems like a while.

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    1. Thanks Sandra, had a little break from the blog, now back sporadically as time and inclination allows! Hope you are well.

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  14. Ugh. I seldom eat out… better be kind to the staff. Good story with a powerful Ew factor.

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    1. Always better to be nice to people, especially in the service industries! Thank you

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  15. During my time in the trade, I heard of many such actions some of which were even more disgusting than that!

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    1. I dread to think! Thanks Keith

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  16. Dear Iain,

    In my time as a server, it never occurred to me to do that. However, I certainly had some customers who deserved it. I applaud your server. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. You are the model of restraint. I could imagine if I had ever been a server, I may have resorted to this! Thanks Rochelle.

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  17. Exactly! My sister in law is one who treats server staff poorly. I treat anyone handling my food with great care and respect. When I can’t do that. I leave. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Bill, a wise move on your part.

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  18. That’s really gross, but he had it coming. Sad thing is, he probably won’t have a clue, and will continue to ogle waitresses because, after all, it’s his due.

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    1. So he believes, I’m sure. Thanks Linda

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  19. ew… it happens. it reminds of a friend who used to served in the navy. sometimes he’d spit on the coffee before serving it to his boorish superior. 🙂

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    1. I imagine it gave him a brief moment of relief 🙂

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  20. It was great to catch up with you, Iain. I’ve been doing so much research and striving away on non-fiction writing projects that I stopped doing these, and am trying to get back into the weekly swing of it. I’ve heard some horror stories of what happens when you upset staff in restaurants. Great story.Had a laugh.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. Thanks Rowena, glad to hear the writing is still ongoing:-)

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  21. UGH! She had better save up a huge reservoir of lugies for each shift. This type of lascivious ogling is done as routine upon waitresses (and waiters!) Is it any wonder restaurants are begging for servers? BTW I absolutely disagree with how she handled it!

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    1. I don’t mind her response – so long as no one does that to my food! 🙂

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  22. Ha and yuck!! =) Having worked as a waitress years ago, I can relate to your character. Some customers are dreadful. Your story made me shudder though and I think I’ll avoid eating out for awhile.

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    1. Not been doing too much thanks to the pandemic anyway, but best not to think about it 😉

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  23. Ew ew ew

    But he totally deserved it!!!

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    1. I think so, and probably worse. Thanks Laurie.

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  24. Oh, yuck! That’s graphic! But thank you for the new word – I had to look up loogie.

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    1. It’s a good descriptive word 🙂

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  25. That’s just yeugghhhhh, Iain. I try desperately not to think about how often this happens in restaurants.

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    1. I like to think not that often… maybe I’m being naive.

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  26. Unfortunately, this may not be as unlikely as we’d like to think. Too much realism, alas.
    pax,
    dora

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    1. Thanks Dora, can only hope it hasn’t been done to my meal in the past!

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  27. Ha! I bet a lot of people who work in hospitality have thought about doing this. It’s a bit disturbing to think about in these pandemic times, though!

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    1. Definitely not good in a pandemic! Thanks Anstice

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  28. She should really look for another job.

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    1. Who knows? Maybe she has no choice.

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  29. Oh no. That is so unhygienic. I have nightmares about someone doing this to me. Not to say this guy doesn’t deserve it, or that (I hope) I’ve ever given anyone reason to, but ewww….

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