'I Can Never Unsee Purple Things in My Salad Now': Servers Share the 10 Strangest Things Customers Have Ordered

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Off the Menu

If you work in the service industry, you’ll come away with a few stomach-churning war stories. Everyone in the biz encounters crooked bosses, crazed coworkers, and of course, plenty of wild and weird customers. To give you an idea of how bizarre some of these patrons can be, we’re serving up 10 of the “strangest” things that customers have ordered, according to service workers on Reddit.

Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich (BLT)

A BLT (Without Bacon or Tomato)

Asking for a BLT without the bacon and tomato — essentially a lettuce sandwich — is a bit like asking a dealership for a car without an engine. Stupid as it may be, a Redditor who worked in the military said one of his compatriots “wasn’t kidding” when he ordered an L (as in lettuce) sandwich.

Cucumber salad in white bowl

A Plate of Cucumbers

If you’re at a seafood restaurant and you don’t like fish, you might order a pasta, a steak, or a salad. But not if you’re Flavor Flav. According to a server who waited on the iconic rapper, Flav was content with a “plate of cucumbers.” And yes, he was wearing his signature clock.

Mix Lettuce

A Salad Without Purple

When someone orders something odd, sometimes the best thing you can do is nod and walk away. That was this Redditor’s approach when a customer ordered a salad without “purple in it.” When the salad came, the man started “very nervously” picking out any purple bits. “I can never unsee purple things in my salad now,” the Redditor adds.

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A Tablecloth

While some of these orders qualify as felony-level culinary crimes — and therefore deserve a little mockery — we feel for the guy in this Redditor’s story. It's an unenviable tale of a restaurant regular who poops his pants in a booth and asks for a tablecloth to cover up on the way out. Talk about a nightmare. But despite the embarrassing scene, the man has continued to patronize the restaurant for the past 15 years. The Redditor writes, “We never asked about getting the tablecloth back …”

Cheesy, Beef and Veal Lasagna

Blended Lasagna

Assuming you’ve lived your life like a true epicurean, you’ve likely tried a variety of lasagnas, from veggie pesto to chocolate Oreo (it exists). But few have tried the pasta dish liquified, except for the odd man in this story, who requested that the chef blend his lasagna.

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A Microwaved Salad

Warm salads are a thing. In fact, we recommend them. That said, you shouldn’t microwave just any salad unless you love the idea of soggy, warm, and wilted lettuce. But these warm salad-enjoyers exist, according to one server, who writes that a woman kept sending her salad back until they microwaved the whole dang thing. “We microwaved her salad. She ate it. I don't know man,” they write.

Related: Eat Your Leafy Greens: Here Are the Best (and Worst) Trader Joe's Salads

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

A 'Vegetarian' Chicken Pizza

Something only vegetarians (and vegetarian-adjacent folks) will understand is how wilfully ignorant people can be about what it means to not eat meat. Someone will be serving you soup at a party, and when you ask if there’s meat in it, they’ll say: “No, just chicken broth.” Or, even worse, they’ll order a chicken pizza for a table of vegetarians, as the woman in this Redditor’s story did. When the vegetarians pushed back, she replied, “Chicken is vegetarian.”

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