Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I didn't realize I was asking for the moon!

One of my favorite meals, when I actually bother to properly cook at home, is one I got from the Protein Power message board years and years ago. Simply called "Steph's Yummy Chicken Stuff", it's basically a dressing mix on chicken, with parmesan cheese baked on top. Excellent and simple.

Well, we have an item on our menu that's basically the same concept--just different dressing and cheese. I'd had that the night before, but I was kind of in the mood for something different Monday night. So I grabbed mayonnaise, salad dressing, and sour cream and mixed up a little bit of topping for the chicken; then I got some shredded parm and gave them both to the cook. I very politely explained what I was after; I said please and thank you. I didn't think it was that big a deal--no southwestern, sub stuff I'd mixed up; no cheddar sub parm; no rice sub veggies. Not high-impact modifiers, honestly. Same processes as what he'd have to do for the regular menu item.

He acted like I wanted him to saw off his own freaking limb! He started throwing things, slamming stuff down, and yelling in Spanish. A few minutes later I came back to the kitchen and he was still bitching, listening off my modifiers at the top of his lungs to the other cook. I got irritated at that point and told him "It's just like the (regular item), it's just different cheese and dressing! What's the big freaking deal!"

He ignored me; I actually thought I was going to have to get Lapdog and ask him to tell the guy to make the food I was paying for! But he eventually put my food up ... only instead of a layer of nicely baked cheese on top, like I wanted and like the regular menu has, and instead of parmesan, I had a pile of slightly melted white cheddar. I was so hungry I just ate it, and it wasn't terrible; but I was pissed that he threw such a fit over it. It wasn't busy; it wasn't late; there was no reason for his tantrum. I didn't realize that asking for two little changes was going to incite such anger.


Pademelon said...

You were paying, which makes you a customer, and you prepped your subs and politely explained and he threw a hissy fit? And then screwed it up? Way out of line. That's such crap.

purplegirl said...

Yeah, that's kind of what I thought!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

What the H is so hard about what you asked--geez.
The Chinese cooks were always so nice about making us something to eat.
Your ass hat cook sounds like he needs meds :D

purplegirl said...

Next time I work with him late at night I'm going to ring in something absolutely INSANE just to fuck with him. Something like

"bacon cheeseburger
no burger
sub grilled chicken
no grilled
sub fried
no burger bun
sub sourdough toast
one slice toasted
one not toasted
no cheddar cheese
sub shredded parmesan
no bacon strips
sub bacon bits
no lettuce
sub jalepenos
no hothouse tomato
sub sliced cherry tomatoes
no pickles
no onion
sub mayonnaise
under burger
not on top
no fries
sub mixed veggies
no yellow squash
sub extra broccoli
cooked extra well"

just to see his damn face!