Sometimes it’s hard to keep the faith that there are still good people in the world when you hear so many stories of pettiness, rudeness, and outright terrible behavior pretty much every day. A recent post on Reddit’s AITA subreddit from a restaurant employee who’s hell-bent on chasing down a $60 dinner bill after the dad had a serious heart attack during the meal is one such example, and the logic behind it is truly mesmerizing.
— Am I the Asshole? (@AITA_reddit) August 27, 2019
A throwaway account under the username lumbering_henry posted his quandary to Reddit on Tuesday, presumably hoping to feel justified in his extreme level of crappiness. As he explained in a now-deleted post (that the smart folks on the AITA Twitter account were smart enough to screenshot before it went), why should nearly dying during a meal preclude someone from having to pay for half-eaten food?
Why won’t this family take time out from a major health crisis to pay their dinner bill?????????? pic.twitter.com/iUBAc0Ygbq
— RichardMaddensWhiteStripe (Red) (@HerRoyalRedness) August 27, 2019
The story went a little like this: an employee at a struggling family restaurant was on shift when a couple and their child recently came in for dinner. They ordered about $60 worth of food and got through half of it before the dad began clutching his chest in pain. The employee called 911, the father was rushed to the hospital, and his wife and child understandably left without paying the bill.
That didn’t stop the employee from asking for a phone number to follow up about the money later. While he called under the guise of asking after the dad’s health—the customer’s heart attack was apparently serious enough that he was left with lasting damage to the vital organ—he soon got down to business and asked where his money was.
Op literally doxxed themselves in the comments so here’s where they work: https://t.co/qngsJW8JkR
— MANIFEST (@QuarterClaws) August 27, 2019
After harassing the family for long enough, the mom began to dodge his calls. That didn’t keep the employee from continuing to call, however, to the point that eventually the dad answered the phone and told him to buzz off. The employee claims he then began insulting and cursing out the man and that eventually, the dad hung up on him. The restaurant never got their money and the employee wants to feel vindicated in his dogged persistence in chasing down a paltry sum of money from a family who’s just been through major trauma.
This is *chefs kiss* assholery
— Chachi Bobinks-Danvers (@ChachiBobinks) August 27, 2019
Perhaps unsurprisingly, everyone who responded to the thread thinks this guy is a major a-hole, but many others also suspect that the post was a fake posted by a troll just wanting to get a rise out of people.
Oooops someone dropped their humanity somewhere on their way to work
— Martina C. ? – Commissions OPEN ? (@GlareUsy) August 27, 2019
Dollars and people in the comments still think there aren’t people who would act like this over a restaurant bill?
— WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU’RE AT SOUP (@queerfoxx) August 27, 2019
I don’t know about you, but I feel like “they left in an ambulance” is a mighty good reason to comp a meal.
— lwaxana troi stan account (@jurijuri) August 27, 2019
if I was that business owner I’d ask where to send him flowers or a gift card. No humanity.
I sure hope we can find the one star review they’re going to leave on yelp
— ?? Cel the Egg Nerd ?? (@cellikeseggs) August 27, 2019
Given that it was deleted less than 24 hours after it was posted, they may be right—and I seriously hope they are.