What do you do when you find a bug in your salad at a restaurant?

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  1. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
    Paul Edmondsonposted 13 years ago

    What do you do when you find a bug in your salad at a restaurant?

    I just pull the bug out and eat the salad.


  2. profile image0
    Amie Warrenposted 13 years ago

    I very discreetly ask for a new salad. Bugs can carry all manner of germs on their bodies and feet.

  3. KristenGrace profile image61
    KristenGraceposted 13 years ago

    If I ever found a bug in my salad, I would most likely walk out, but probably not make a scene.  On a slight side note, my mom told me she was at a fast food place recently (won't say which one or where) and she saw a rat.  Um, ten times worse than the bug... Makes me shiver just thinking about it!

  4. colonial82 profile image60
    colonial82posted 13 years ago

    You need to tell your server and either order something else or leave the restaurant.  But you don't pay for that salad.

    Have a good day.

  5. profile image55
    SpaceAgeposted 13 years ago

    If u find a bug in a salad in a restaurant, kindly show the waiter/waitress. B polite about it.

    1. khcn18 profile image38
      khcn18posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for you

  6. jrsearam profile image60
    jrsearamposted 13 years ago

    Depends on the bug. Certain types can add to the culinary experience and practically all are highly nutritious.

  7. diegosurfs1 profile image58
    diegosurfs1posted 13 years ago

    I throw the food out and I get something else, and then I tell the employees to tell their manager to be more careful.

  8. jasenpages profile image59
    jasenpagesposted 13 years ago

    Call over the waiter and ask for a new meal, the new one should be comped by the restaurant.

  9. Omairnabeel profile image41
    Omairnabeelposted 13 years ago

    wowowo i iwll call my lawyer right away an sue that fiking hotel restrant and i will not pay or i will call the manager then tell him to eat it or i will sue you

  10. Pcunix profile image92
    Pcunixposted 13 years ago

    It depends on the bug.  If it is a little green thing, I pluck it out and hope my wife does not notice, because she would get upset.  If it is very smail and green, I might even just eat it - but don't tell my wife!

    We had a cockroach at Legal Seafoods once. We freaked and so did the management. They moved us instantly, comp'd some food and later we got apology letters from both LS  and their pest control company.  Good restaurants take that stuff very seriously. 

    I found a clump of rodent hair in a McDonalds burger once. I had only opened it to add some ketchup; without that I would have bitten right in. It disgusted me so much I just walked out - I couldn't even bring myself to complain. Ughh!!!!

  11. profile image51
    Lula Blummzposted 13 years ago

    For the sake of your appetite (at least for most of us in this country), and the sake of the restaurant's reputation, speak up. As tactfully as possible, let your server know so they can resolve the issue. You will soon discover the ethics of the restaurant by how the issue of a bug in food is handled. If they handle it in a manner that leaves you with a good "taste" in your mouth, you are leaving happier... and speaking of the restaurant more highly too.

  12. Edgaras profile image59
    Edgarasposted 13 years ago

    I think I will take that nice cretures with me to home, and i will grow him.

  13. soneblom profile image60
    soneblomposted 13 years ago

    I would talk to the waiter and manager. ask for my money back and leave I,l never eat there again.

  14. ross670daw profile image60
    ross670dawposted 13 years ago

    Depending on where it was that it was served, I might be inclined to keep quiet about it, just in case they decide to charge me extra for the bug. Elsewhere, I would definitely ask the wait staff to take it back and replace the meal free of charge, with extras.

  15. Lady Rose profile image72
    Lady Roseposted 13 years ago

    Well, unless you happen to like eating insects with your salad, what i do, is call the waiter and show him the bug. I wait for their reaction and usually they apologize and take the plate away and bring you a fresh one.
    I have found bugs, curly hairs, straight hairs, etc. and they always give you either a new meal or a compensation.
    My son in law seems to always attract something weird in his food, and invariably gets either a free desert or a brand new meal plus tons of apologies.

  16. Alternative Prime profile image56
    Alternative Primeposted 13 years ago

    Trying not to cause a scene or draw attention to myself, I would gently pick the bug up using a tweezers, place it in a hermetically sealed plastic bag... Bring it home and examine it under a 1000X microscope....If I'm able to read that tiny little inscribed serial number maybe then I could trace it back to the person who's trying to SPY on me?

    Oh, the other kind of bug? Tell you the truth, they taste a little better than some of the salad croutons I've eaten lately....

  17. Coming of Age profile image58
    Coming of Ageposted 13 years ago

    An insect in my salad? This is a travesty!

    I would immediately jump up on top of the table and begin screaming at the top of my lungs. This would make it clear to the rest of the restaurants patrons that something was wrong, and produce the witnesses that I will need when I sue the fork out of that greasy spoon!

    On the other hand, I might just see if the little creapy crawly is nice and plump. If so, then I'd queeze the sweet entrails out over my leafy greens and chow down baby.........Caterpillars are particularly scrumptious and full of protein. You will definitely have to be careful doing this if you're not sure who may be watching. Your liable to send a PETA person into a massive coronary with such despicable actions.

  18. Judicastro profile image62
    Judicastroposted 13 years ago

    I have found a bug in my meal and a few other things.  I quietly mentioned it to the server and they whisked it away, asked if I would like something else, which I did and they didn't charge me.  I see the trend on here that if you complain you get a negative mark.  But quite frankly I'd rather have my meals bugless, unless they are paying for the meal.

  19. thomas30 profile image56
    thomas30posted 13 years ago

    We do not pay for that salad making a good excuse that there is a bug in Salad.

  20. applejack2 profile image60
    applejack2posted 13 years ago


  21. Klena profile image70
    Klenaposted 13 years ago

    Calmly and quietly call a server or waiter/waitress over to your table. Show them the bug.

    From there, they should take the meal away and get a manager as it is a manager's responsibility to deal with food complaints of that nature. 

    It depends on where you're eating but you should be presented with a fresh meal and the price of the item discounted at minimum, if not the meal for free.

    As long as you keep calm, they will respond worlds better to you and will do their best to make up for this error.

  22. Variety Writer profile image60
    Variety Writerposted 13 years ago

    Complain. Report them. Never go back. That is so gross!

  23. profile image0
    Rouillieposted 13 years ago

    Well, first, i'd consider how bad I needed the protein and if the bug was sanitary or not (washed with the lettuce kind of thing). Ha! Gotcha!

    I'd discreetly let the establishment know about it.

  24. Supercellbaebe profile image60
    Supercellbaebeposted 13 years ago

    I once came across a fat slug in my Spinach Salad in a very expensive London Restaurant.  It was revolting.  Needless to say I didn't eat the meal and I requested a refund, and I certainly haven't gone back there since!

  25. Mr-Yo LV profile image59
    Mr-Yo LVposted 13 years ago

    I'm not Bear Grylls so I'll throw up first, then ask for a refund, and then run like hell.

  26. Kiwiwi profile image39
    Kiwiwiposted 12 years ago

    I heard bugs are a good protein source.Opps i did not see the bug in the salad smile

  27. SummerSurf profile image60
    SummerSurfposted 12 years ago

    Firstly...tell them....then wait to see what they're are going to offer you.  Lets hope it's not the rest of the bug's family. 

    Here's another question:  What do you do if you find half a bug in your salad? wink

  28. Cardisa profile image87
    Cardisaposted 12 years ago

    I don't think I would eat at that restaurant, I am persnickety that way. I would return the meal and ask for a refund. I could never return to that restaurant. It would take me a while to eat out again too, I sorta have a little of the 'Monk' syndrome thing going.

  29. nabeelplus profile image59
    nabeelplusposted 12 years ago

    yuuucckkk...i will stop going to that restaurant

  30. Attikos profile image83
    Attikosposted 12 years ago

    I would beckon the waiter, show it to him, get up, and leave.

  31. debbie roberts profile image71
    debbie robertsposted 12 years ago

    I'd thank my lucky stars that it wasn't half a bug and discreetly make the waiter/waitress aware of the problem. Then hopefully they'd allow me to have something else off the menu.

  32. AndyK26 profile image59
    AndyK26posted 12 years ago

    meat with no bones yummy tongue i would ask the waiter is this part of the menu and  probably never eat there again

  33. tswilson profile image60
    tswilsonposted 12 years ago

    Your strategy is probably the best, but I would have a difficult time eating the salad.  Either way, I might say something to the waiter in case they might have a bug problem on their hands.

  34. Efficient Admin profile image86
    Efficient Adminposted 11 years ago

    I would absolutely show the manager of the restaurant.  Hopefully they would give you a free replacement salad if they are customer-oriented.  Quite frankly I think that is really gross and would inspect the free salad as well, if there was a free salad.

  35. carrie Lee Night profile image81
    carrie Lee Nightposted 4 years ago

    My father found a dead spider in his salad once.  He just removed it and kept eating. My mother yelled at him and told him to get the waiter, but he said it was no big deal.  I understand we eat bugs everyday in our food that we dont see but me personally I would have to send it back.  If it was a roach, I am walking out the building plus not being charged for anything.  I would also send the manager a letter of the incident so they can see what kind of pest interventions they could do.


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