Welcome back to Off the Menu, where we bring you the best and strangest food stories from my email inbox. This week, we've got stories of restaurant customers who appear to have come straight from the deepest realms of my nightmares. As always, these are real emails from real readers, though names have been changed.
An impressively evil capacity for vengeance
"We were working at a tennis club that would hold tournaments throughout the year for young up-and-coming players and pros. It was at one of the tournaments that the following happened.
"On the first night, my friend sat a six-top, mostly young tennis pros from various different clubs, and a local lady hosting them. My friend takes their order and does everything right, but as dinner is being served, a plate is dropped in the kitchen by someone else. My friend is informed that the kitchen is working hard to replace the lost meal, while he goes to inform and apologize to the table. The actual diner whose plate had been dropped is completely cool, but the local is steaming. In a short time, a new dish is procured and served and all seems good. That is, until the check is presented.