Everyone's heard about restaurant staff intentionally tainting customers' food, for one reason or another.. or for no reason at all.
And by tainting, I mean spitting, urinating, and worse, in customers' food. It goes on and we all know it.
But how pervasive is this?
A New York waiter, who for years wrote an anonymous blog called Waiter Rant, now has a book out, wherein he lightheartedly touches on this subject.
He's even shown in the NY Post article photograph pouring Metamucil into a dish in a kitchen with a big smile on his face.
STEVE Dublanica has swapped your decaf coffee for regular, "crop dusted" your table with his intestinal gas and called the cops on you after you
got drunk and staggered out to your car.
Lesson No. 1: "Waiters can and do spit in people's food . . . I prefer more elegant methods of revenge."
Dublanica is a waiter. Actually, he's "The Waiter" behind the anonymous (until now) four-year-old blog Waiter Rant, and he's got a new book of the
same name out in stores today chronicling his nine-year career waiting tables in the city's affluent suburbs (he won't divulge the true identity of
"The Bistro"). Anthony Bourdain has called it "the front-of-the-house version of 'Kitchen Confidential,' " his stomach-churning restaurant
expose that changed the way New Yorkers ordered food.
While it might seem humorous to some, tainting food in this way could lead to some serious health consequences. Salmonella, just one bacteria that
can be transmitted this way, can lead to death in young children and the elderly.
The clinical course of human salmonellosis is usually characterized by acute onset of fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and sometimes
vomiting. In some cases, particularly in the very young and in the elderly, the associated dehydration can become severe and life-threatening.
And if someone dies from being intentionally poisoned by a restaurant worker in this manner, not only is the establishment liable for damages in a
civil suit, but the perpetrator could conceivably be charged with homicide, if it could be proven... say by being secretly recorded on a hidden
Take this case, for example. What if one of the children had died? Would Casey Diedrich have been charged with homicide?
Family wins $40,000 over food tainted with urine
Officer Keith Andrew and his wife said in the lawsuit that a Taco Bell employee urinated and spit in food served to them and their children in October
In the lawsuit, the couple said their two sons, 4 and 7 at the time, became ill after they ate the food ordered in the restaurant. The 4-year-old
became violently ill" according to the lawsuit, and that he vomited for hours. He was diagnosed with gastroenteritis and dehydration.
Other workers witnessed employee Casey Diedrich. taint the food, according to the lawsuit, and they reported his actions to the managers but the
managers did not inform the family, the lawsuit said. They also did not immediately discipline Diedrich.
Casey Diedrich was eventually terminated for missing work, but not for urinating on the family's food. Apparently, this was a routine practice at
this particular restaurant when preparing food for members of law enforcement.
Despite the potentially serious medical and legal ramifications of food workers intentionally tainting their customers' food, it seems to be an issue
that is taken quite lightly.
What is your opinion? Is this funny? How pervasive do you think this may be?
Have you ever sent food back because it was unsatisfactory? Well, according to food service workers, chances are your food was probably "given the
treatment", ie., intentionally tainted.
Have you ever witnessed someone tainting customers' food?