Waiters Share Their Best Valentine’s Day Horror Stories


Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year – supposed to be filled with joy, love and good times.

But for those in the service industry, that isn’t always the case and some Valentine’s Day dates can be less than ideal.

Over on Reddit, service industry workers have been sharing their most intense horror stories; and there are some real corkers. We’ve complied the most awkward below.

Typically, a fair few of these stories include proposals gone wrong.

The Crying Payment, by SpinachandChickpeas

“He proposed, she said no. He cried and tried to change her mind for 20 minutes while she sat there stony-faced. She finally got up and walked out. He paid and left in tears,” they posted.

If that isn’t a good enough argument against public proposals, we’re sure these next few will be.

One lucky guy even managed to get a sign saying ‘do not serve this man’ dedicated to him after his antics, according to user

The Stolen Reservation Book, by Dammafatcat

“I worked at a pretty high end Mediterranean Bistro, my second Valentine’s there it was probably the busiest night I’ve ever worked as a server. We had reservations that booked basically the entire restaurant including the bar and patio from 4 P.M to 11:00 P.M. No walk-ins were to be seated unless a reservation was cancelled, or someone with a reservation didn’t show up.”

Pretty simple right? Wrong.

Most of the customers were pretty understanding and either waited or simply left. One dude however kept pushing and pushing asking every 10 minutes how much longer until he is seated, constantly saying how he is a regular customer; and how his date is going to be there at 7 (he got there at 6). We insisted that once a table was available, and all the customers before him we’re seated, he would get a table, but because the amount of reservations we couldn’t guarantee he would even get a table at all. At about 6:50 the guy loses it, fast-walks up to the hostess stand where the reservation book is, grabs the reservation book and practically runs out the front door.

Now everything is going to complete sh*t because the only copy of the reservations for the night that is barely half over is gone. Two of the owners ran outside to follow the guy and try and get the book back, but by the time they got out he had already left the parking lot. Even better is, two hours later, chaos is still running rampant and the dude shows back up saying he has a reservation for two. All five of the owners escorted the dude and his date out to the parking lot and banned him from the restaurant permanently. They even took a picture of him and posted it in the window saying “Do Not Serve This Man”

The Proposal Cake, by jeanlukepikar

This one could take the cake, if you’ll pardon the pun.

“I was a pastry chef at this big resort in Cape Cod. We got a special order from this guy who was coming in for his anniversary ( Valentine’s day). He wanted his desert to have ‘Will you marry me?’ written on it so he could pop the question when it came out. He called ahead to the front and back kitchen, even came in himself that morning to make sure it was good to go. The whole crew was behind him. We had cooks all night coming in the ask if it had happened yet. I wrote the inscription on the plate and dressed it to the nines with gold leaf and expensive chocolate. I’m taking a picture of the plate just before it’s set to go out and notice our head waiter come in with a weird look on his face. He says plainly ‘they don’t need it,'”

“She broke up with him before the entrees hit the table.”


Some People Just Aren’t Meant To Be, by allthewrongwords

Back when I served food at one of those super touristy seafood restaurants, I worked a Valentine’s Day double shift. For lunch, this younger couple came in celebrating their one year anniversary. I offer my congratulations and proceed to do my usual spiel before taking orders. The girl is looking more and more dismayed the longer I talk. Finally I get to the end and ask if there are any allergies. She looks directly at her boyfriend and states, “yes I’m allergic to fish and shellfish.” Then looks over at me very sad.

I made sure every aspect of her meal was fine for her. But It was that look of “we’ve been dating a year and he still takes me to a restaurant that could kill me” that really did it for me.

The Worst Waiter In The World, by geckosandwine

“I set my hair on fire and spilled a full Stella on a lady. I work in a causal fine dinning steak house. Luckily for me, the lady I spilled the Stella on was super understanding and her husband said from across the table ‘well now she has to take her pants off’. So that could have gone worse for me.”

Basically, don’t tempt fate in a public place this Valentine’s Day – especially if you have any reason to think you and your partner are on the rocks.

And please don’t propose without ever discussing marriage first. Getting walked out on is not a good look.

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