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"It's Too Big" -- And Other Bizarre Restaurant Complaints


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"It's Too Big" -- And Other Bizarre Restaurant Complaints

Jwsel | Jun 9, 2013 10:45 PM

I was at a restaurant yesterday in Las Vegas and witnessed a very strange exchange between a patron and restaurant manager, so I thought I would post about it.

This happened at Central at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. As with most hotels, food prices are high. The turkey club sandwich on the menu is $18. But at the same time, it is a big sandwich. Actually, it's huge, with a lot of turkey and a pretty thick layer of bacon strips. My friend ordered it in a half-sandwich with soup and we joked about the size. As we were eating, we noticed that the woman at the table next to us had ordered the full sandwich. She and the guy she was with were probably late-20s or early-30s and she was model-thin. We all laughed about the size of the sandwich.

Cut to the end of the meal. We weren't paying attention to them, but suddenly we notice that the guy is arguing with the manager. They have finished and she has half her sandwich left. The guy is complaining that the sandwich is too big. The manager suggests they take it to go, but the guy complains that isn't the problem. The sandwich is too big -- as in the physical size is too large.

(Yes, that did just beg for a witty, yet inappropriate comment, but I was too sleep-deprived and stunned to think of anything.)

In any event, the manager is totally perplexed. He says they sell 200 of the sandwiches a day and nobody has ever complained about the sandwich being too big. The woman says that they do and then points to our table and says we did too. My friend, who has finished his half-sandwich, pronounced it delicious, and picked clean every crumb off his plate -- is dumbfounded. Meanwhile, the manager offers to cut the woman's half-sandwich into two smaller pieces or to repack the original sandwich somehow so it is smaller. But the man and woman are insistent that won't work and it doesn't fix the problem that the sandwich is too big.

My friend and I quickly got our check, told our waiter that we had absolutely no problem with the sandwich, and beat a path to the exit. But we spent the rest of the weekend laughing about the scene. It had to be the strangest complaint I've ever heard anyone make at a restaurant. And it made me wonder about what other bizarre complaints people here have heard.

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