Friday, September 14, 2007

Bug in My Salad....YUK!

Miss Priss had a soccer scrimmage today, against boys! She did so good! She stopped the ball from going into the goal once, and she stole the ball twice. Needless to say, I was utterly impressed. Of course, one little boy did fall on her and she will not ever forget that!
I decided to take her out to eat with her favorite cousin. We have eaten at Cheddars, Roadhouse, and the infamous mexican place in town, four million times. Tonight we chose Olive Garden, as Pasta is my favorite food. When it was time for our salad, we were all so hungry we started to fight over who was going to get it first. We were visiting and having a great conversation, and as I neared the end of my bowl of salad, I noticed a black spot on the "last" piece of lettuce. I really thought I was looking at spices, or part of the olive; however, as I got closer, I noticed a tiny leg sticking out to the side. I was mortified! How many of those had I already eaten????? It was a tiny fly of some sort, but still, ooooo gross, it was a bug! I quietly placed it onto a clean plate and very softly told the waiter, "this was in my salad". NOOOO the waiter didnt apologize, he just smiled and said "would you like more salad?". I could not believe what I was hearing. I remained quiet; because, well, he was training someone, and I didnt want him to feel stupid. I thought to myself, I will wait and see if a manager comes over. NOTHING.... Dessert came and went, ticket came and went, $27.50 (for me and a four year old) later, I found myself paying the bill and leaving a $1.00 tip. I felt bad at this point; but, I just could not let this lie. My sister said leave well enough alone, but, I just couldn't. He really should have handled that a little better. Not a full free meal (althought that would have been nice), but, even a simple "Im so embarrassed, let me take that and get my manager", would have worked in my book! I decided to leave a note on the back of my credit card ticket and then as we were walking out, I nudged the hostess and whispered in her ear, that they may want to train him on how to handle those situations. She in turn grabbed her manager and begged me to tell him what happened. I told him, it was really no big deal, and I didnt want the whole place to know, so I kept quiet! We walked out of there with a $20 gift card and a very big "APOLOGY" from the manager.
Now, Am I concerned about going back? OF course!! After all, fruit flies only hang around "rotted fruit". This really concerns me! Maybe after time, I will have forgotten and will get the urge to give them another try.
I feel guilty for not letting it drop, but it just really ate at me through the whole meal! Bugs happen, but it is all in how you handle it that makes the difference!


Mayhem And Miracles said...

Amen, girl. We once went to a Mexican food restaurant in college where the waiter SAW the cockroach in the act of crawling across my friend's plate and just giggled nervously! He refused to get the manager, so we walked back into the kitchen to get him ourselves. They would not take one stinkin cent off the cost of the meal and threatened to call the police if we didn't pay in full. Of course, that was the worst case scenario, but I agree. Had they just handled things right, we might have given them another try eventually. Needless to say, I NEVER went back. Olive Garden should feel lucky that you were so nice. I don't think very many people would have handled it so kindly.

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