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Gross Things Found in Food
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Categories: Food
Posted by Alex on Sun Apr 24, 2005
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What's this fly doing in my soup? "The backstroke"
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Sun Apr 24, 2005  at  05:17 PM
I once ordered a Salisbury steak from a restaurant, and when I cut it a live roach ran out of it and scampered away. I didn't leave a big tip when I left.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Sun Apr 24, 2005  at  07:58 PM
During lunch at a Chinese restaurant, I noticed a commotion at the table across the aisle. The patron was yelling at the restaurant manager and pointing at his dish.

"What Is That!" What Is That!" He kept repeating in a load voice. The manager finally said meekly "A Band-Aid?" Yup, there was a round band-aid that look like it slipped off of the food preparer's finger.

The manager instead of apologizing, went into a litany about how "He could see how taht could happen, it was no big deal, could happen to anyone."

Heee-Yuck! sick I never returned...

Posted by Wally  in  La La Land  on  Sun Apr 24, 2005  at  10:05 PM
This is why eating out is so bad for you. Forget the fat, calories, or price...this is nasty.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Apr 25, 2005  at  04:51 AM
I know someone who works in a resturant as a waitress and she spits in people's drink that she hates. So don't piss off the waiters/waitresses for your own sake!
Posted by Yushi  on  Mon Apr 25, 2005  at  08:54 AM
When I lived in Iowa, a Perkins served me a fried cricket with my sausage. The waitress just about fainted when she saw it. The cricket didn't just happen along at the last minute either, he was visibly fried golden brown on both sides.

The manager acted much like the band-aid one above, he told me it could happen anywhere and it wasn't a big deal then he actually got rude with me.

All I really wanted was an apology, not an excuse, not an attitude, a simple "I'm sorry". No buts, no lies, just a simple little "I'm sorry" would suffice.

Instead he gets rude and follows me to the door where a lobby full of people could hear his response. Half the lobby followed me out.
Posted by Anton Olsen  in  Rochester, MI  on  Mon Apr 25, 2005  at  09:25 AM
>> I know someone who works in a resturant as a waitress and she spits in people's drink

That's just immature.

The finger story sounds like bunk though. People plant crap in food all the time and threaten to sue. Lazy SOBs should go out and get a job instead of trying to scam people. This is why I hate people.

Eating in a mexican restaurant in Hawaii, my wife (at the time) found a roach in a burrito. The manager took the plate to the back to get a better look. When he came back, he was very apologetic abd admitted it was a roach, and of course, wrote off the bill. It wouldn't have bothered me. I sat there and continued to eat while she was in the bathroom throwing up. I was in the Army at the time. Once you've had mess hall food, even roaches don't seem that bad.
Posted by Bill B.  on  Mon Apr 25, 2005  at  11:46 AM
Lol. Bugs, I could probably's the mammals that would be disgusting. Icky hair & tails. I have found singular pieces of human hair in my food...I don't really complain, b/c it could be mine. I lose hair all over the place. In fact, our vacuum stopped picking things up off the floor b/c my hair had wrapped around the little brush thing.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Apr 25, 2005  at  12:58 PM
As some have said above, what would be reasonable to expect would be an apology. Why do people think that experiencing something gross is worth a huge financial settlement?
Posted by wayne levy  on  Mon Apr 25, 2005  at  01:19 PM
There was an article in my newspaper the other day about a man who found a large piece of skin, with what looked like a fingerprint pattern, in his chicken sandwich (they didn't identify the restaurant). When someone (I don't remember if it was police or just sanitation people) investigated, they found the manager wearing latex gloves and a thick wad of guaze on his thumb. Turned out he'd sliced a good bit of skin off of his thumb and didn't throw the food he was preparing away.
Posted by Rochelle  on  Mon Apr 25, 2005  at  04:26 PM
You do have to make something of a leap-of-faith to eat food prepared by anonymous strangers, out of view. I'm surprised more people aren't bothered by the idea, really.

After all, it's not your momma who loves you making your dinner back there. It's just some guy who doesn't give a crap about you, who's making the hundredth identical meal of the day, and if something falls in, oh well, it's almost quitting time anyway.

Incidentally, it's this very food/stranger anxiety that leads to the popularity of Contaminated Food urban legends. Not that the legends can keep up with reality....
Posted by Barghest  on  Mon Apr 25, 2005  at  07:29 PM
I get a little freaked out at restuarants. I like Ramano's for that reason. I can see their kitchen, which means others can see their kitchen. That means that someone can ALWAYS see what they're doing.

I also tend not to go thru the drive-thru at fast food places. You can usually see into their kitchens as well...
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Tue Apr 26, 2005  at  07:26 AM
Most of these are just your typical food-contamination anecdotes, but there's something sublime about that deep-fried chicken head. I like the way every detail of the head is clearly discernable. That should win some kind of prize-- as art, if not as food.

The story about Juanita's menudo is strange because (a) Tripe is the main ingredient of menudo, not a contaminant, and (b) If you're already eating tripe stew, what difference does a finger or two make?
Posted by Big Gary C in Dallas  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed Apr 27, 2005  at  05:10 PM
"... when the woman found a mouse in her bowl of vegetable soup..."

A limerick I remember from my infancy:

There was young man at Purdue
Who discovered a mouse in his stew.
Said the waiter: "Don't shout
And display it about,
Or the Seniors will all want them too."
Posted by Big Gary C in Dallas  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed Apr 27, 2005  at  05:14 PM
One of my friends had a boyfriend that worked at burgerking...he told her that if someone pulls into the drive through that they dont like,they will spit in your drink/or food. Some people are just plain nasty !!!
Posted by Wren  in  Missouri  on  Mon Sep 05, 2005  at  04:42 PM
you say it's nasty, i say it's COOL
Posted by o.k.  in  Independence,MO  on  Sun Nov 27, 2005  at  01:50 PM
well, i went to an italian restaurant and ordered this seafood pasta dish. i had eaten maybe half of the meal when my mind kept telling me to look at the veggie garnish to the left. so when i did, i saw this white thing in my pepper. now i thought it was just part of the bell pepper, you know where soft part is under the stem. until....i flipped it over....oh was a tiny WORM that had crawled itself into a ball!!!! and mind you,it was still ALIVE!!! it moved in slow motion like it had been frozen or chilled. i basically sat there frozen trying not to vomit!! basically the manager charged us nothing, and even wanted to give us more food, which i passed on.
Posted by esther  in  princeton,nj  on  Thu Feb 16, 2006  at  08:57 PM
I am sorry that you had to go through with that Esther.

I was at an italian restaraunt once and I had a bunch of metal in my spaghetti. Also some tin foil. I already ate most of the meal. All of the crap was at the bottom. (it was in a bowl of some sort)

My dad's rude to the window people at fast food, I bet he gets spit in his food all the time. I warn him all the time......
Posted by Pro  on  Fri Feb 17, 2006  at  11:07 AM
i was at a pizza express one time, and pretty much at the end of the ham and cheese i was having, i felt something real hard in my bite, spiting it out it looked like a pellet or a small piece of hardened solder, you no like at school you'd melted the wire into tiny balls with the iron.

i told the manager and he told me it was a gun pellet used for shooting game, but i was eating ham?! and pretty sure there was no game in any dishes. either way he apologised then brought me another pizza! but i was so full from the first i asked if he could just clear the bill, or give us free desserts, but the bugger refused, so i left
Posted by gericka  on  Wed May 03, 2006  at  04:48 AM
What could be more gross than a "hot sauce booger" ?
Posted by gary  in  california  on  Sun Jun 04, 2006  at  12:21 AM
u no wat i think all that stuff is just like fake except maybe waiters doin some of but thats about all and they have all the right dont be rude to them they r just doin there jobs so yeah u wouldnt if they came to ur work and were rude to u for doin ur job would ya?
mad question gulp
Posted by Jake  in  Michigan  on  Thu Oct 12, 2006  at  08:21 AM
one time i ate a double cheeseburger from Mcdonalds. It was in my fridge, i ate it as soon as I got home,because i was so hungry. Then i realized that something was stuck between my teeth when i was eating. It felt really weird. Then i took it out and discovered it was a toe nail!!! It was still fully formed. I was so grossed out!!1 I called my mom and told her my story. She told me to keep it. I washed it and put it on a tissue paper on top of our kitchen table. So next time be careful if you eat hamburgers in any restaurants.
Posted by yanny  in  america  on  Thu Oct 26, 2006  at  02:01 PM
I was cooking dinner and I warmed up some Peas from from a can. I took a few bites and then stirred it. What happened next almost made me get sick! Since when did peas contain brown flesh? I am not sure if it was part of a rat or something but it definitely should not have been in there.
Posted by Julie  on  Mon Dec 18, 2006  at  04:40 PM
i was easting a muller crunch corner when i felt somthing that didnt quit crunch when i got it out my mouth it was a magot i was nearly sick i washed
Posted by leoni murphy  in  birkenhead  on  Fri May 04, 2007  at  04:53 AM
I once sucked up a fingernail through my straw at a Red Lobster.
Posted by Braden  in  Canada  on  Thu Aug 09, 2007  at  05:55 PM
There was cockroach in my chicken.. wait no.. IT WASN'T EVEN CHICKEN. It was like a hollow shell of fried nothingness. Yeah I know disgusting.. it's like the cockroch just went in there and ate everything.. and like made a home. EW! gulp
Posted by KeKe  in  Mooresville, NC  on  Tue Nov 27, 2007  at  07:13 PM
i,m doing a project so keep it comin'

A canadian, EH
Posted by canadaman  in  canada  on  Sat Jan 12, 2008  at  12:25 PM
This is what I recently sent to a local restaraunt who pissed me off....

I just wanted to bring to your attention that I recently dined at our local ********'s in (place) and I got a side of coleslaw with what looked like a pubic-type hair mixed into it. I was very disgusted and I am rather relieved that I do not care for coleslaw otherwise I would have been even more upset than I am at the fact that I could have possibly consumed a remnant of someones genitalia. I am not looking for compensation merely mentioning that I will not be going to this ********'s in the future. Quite frankly, if I wanted a testicle hair in my mouth, I would engage in a homosexually explicit relationship. Thank you.
Posted by Ron  in  CT  on  Fri Jan 18, 2008  at  06:31 PM
i'm only in the 8th grade going to high school next year and i found about 4 or 5 things in my lunch. so far i've found an eyelash, a thick hair that was either a nose, chest or chin hair!!! and my twin sis found a fingernail. last week i found a wire in my chicken nuggets!!!
Posted by anna  in  massacusetts  on  Mon Feb 11, 2008  at  03:38 PM
I once found a peice of gray hair in my soup. I only in 6th grade so they sould make sure that crap like that don't end up in children's food.
another time my friend Yary found a rusted peice of wire in her mashed potatoes, when she saw it she threw her tray down and started to cry. i mean what the HELL excaim
question shock
Posted by Ak3Lo wAd3  in  Malden, MA  on  Mon Feb 11, 2008  at  06:55 PM
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