Unforeseen developments are as much a part of the restaurant business as cups and napkins. Sometimes the mishaps deserve special attention, either for the lessons that can be gleaned or the sheer astonishment, as seems to be the case this week.
See for yourself.
Who has the Krazy Glue?
Rare is the server who hasn’t broken a glass, sloshed the soup or tipped hot food onto a lap. But a new low in whoops moments came to light this week, the result of a waiter bumping into an extended hand during a catered event in the United Kingdom. The hand happened to be part of a priceless 2,000-year-old Roman statue, a showpiece of the museum setting, and it didn’t survive the collision intact. The thumb had to be reattached with glue.
The caterer hasn’t been invited back to the British Museum for subsequent engagements in the year since it happened, according to GrubStreet.com.
Free slide rule use
Luring consumers into a restaurant may be the challenge of the moment. But shooing them out can be difficult, too, as a Thai restaurant in San Antonio can attest. The availability of free Wi-Fi prompted some guests of YaYa’s to use the place as a second residence, a common problem for places that offer the amenity.
YaYa’s hit on a way to tout free Wi-Fi service without encouraging campers to move in. The password is the answer to a mathematical equation right out of “A Beautiful Mind.” If the place likes a customer, it can provide the answer. Otherwise, patrons can struggle to solve for P, which stands for password.
Or they can shift to a Starbucks down the street.
No, don’t check the lost and found
The customer of a Taco Bell in Lafayette, Ind., might have gotten a pass if she were merely tipsy. Even having a child with her might have been dismissed with a few comments of disgust. But the woman’s forgetfulness was too much to take. After she left without her 7-year-old in tow, authorities were summoned.
Thirty-five-year-old Beth Helton was reportedly arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and child neglect.