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Server Speak: What’s the Strangest Thing a Customer Has Asked?



Claire Sayers
Position: Barista
Years in the Industry: 2 months
Bread and Chocolate, St. Paul

One night as we were closing, a man came
in and talked to us about how delicious he
thought our brownies were. He then begged
for us to give him the recipe ... which we couldn’t
do. He wouldn’t give up though. He wouldn’t leave
‘because his wife would love him forever’ if we
gave him our recipe. 

Page Anderson
Position: Barista
Years in the industry: 8 
Empire Coffee & Pastry
Minneapolis

What’s the difference between a 10-ounce
and a 12-ounce?

Luther Nelson
Position: Server
Years in the industry: 6 
Saji Ya
St. Paul

When people have just come from outside the
restaurant looking to sit on the patio and ask
me how the weather is. [Then] one time this
customer asked me if our Una Cu (eel) was an
aphrodisiac and then proceeded to get six orders.
After they had been eating a few pieces, he looked
up at me and said, ‘I think it’s working.’

Libby Durenberger (left)
Position: Server
Years in the industry: 5
Truce, Minneapolis

After standing at our counter for over five minutes,
staring at our juice and smoothie menu, a customer turned to look at me and said, ‘Do you guys have any juice?’

Abby Rassmussen
Position: Barista
Years in the Industry: 4 
Humble Cup 
Minneapolis

Someone asked to take our jumbo straws for an art project.

 

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