Workers Are Sharing Exactly How They Get Back At Rude Customers, And Wow, I'm Floored

    Nail techs use less glue on rude customers.

    It's summer, and I know a lot of us are frequenting bars, restaurants, and more places that rely on service workers. And I know some people are, um, not the nicest to them.

    Well, TikTok user @officialtbw asked people, "What's something you've done to a customer after they've been rude to you?" I wrote a post about the responses, and our BuzzFeed Community came through in the comments with more examples.

    It led to employees sharing how they get revenge — sometimes petty, sometimes genius, sometimes bizarre — against the rudest of customers.

    Woman and man talking to someone behind the counter

    Here's some of what people said:

    1. "I work as a house cleaner and a lady was rude, so I used her tissues to clean her toilet even though she made me clean the whole house with two dirty rags."


    2. "Worked at a movie theater in college. Rude customer equals cup filled to the brim with ice before the soda, and broken popcorn kernels from the bottom of the bin."


    Movie theater worker behind the counter holding a large beverage cup with straw and popcorn

    3. "I worked at a nail salon. If one of the customers was complaining about the wait, I would use as little glue as possible on their fake nails."


    4. "Rude customers get fewer soy sauce packets at my sushi restaurant."

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    5. "As a server, sometimes when rude customers ask for butter, I give them cold butter, even though I have room temperature butter, because I know the cold butter will rip up their bread."


    Bread and butter in a basket on a table

    6. "I used to work at airport security. The assholes always got their bags pulled for a full search."


    7. "I under-blend their smoothies so the little chunks block their straws."


    8. "As a server, I always gave the senior discount to women — usually in their 40s or 50s — who were being rude. They couldn't complain because they wanted the discount, but you could see in their eyes that I just ruined their day."


    Two people sitting at a table and talking to a waiter about an item on the menu

    9. "As a deli worker, when a customer is being a Karen, I'll squish the cheese together after I slice it so it's impossible to separate later."


    10. "As a barista, I give them decaf espresso shots."


    11. "I work in a hotel. Late-arrival guests didn't tip when I helped them with their luggage, so I phoned them in the middle of the night."


    Man behind a hotel reception desk on the phone

    12. "As a flight attendant, for rude customers, I book their airplane seat on a 10-hour flight next to the bathroom."


    13. "Shoutout to all the servers. For rude customers, we crop-dust — especially if it's busy and loud and the music's going and they definitely won't hear you. We crop-dust."


    14. "I worked for a car rental company. Moving is stressful, so people were always stressed out. Most of the time, people were fine. But sometimes they would say, for example, 'I'm moving from Sacramento, California, to El Paso, Texas.' So I'd say, 'OK, that's a five-day trip.' Some people would say, 'No, I can do that trip in three days, so only charge me for three days.' These numbers are based on safely driving eight hours a day — that's how we want you to drive the equipment. If they kept going and were rude and insulting, I'd say, 'OK, you're right. Are you ready for your confirmation number?' Then I'd rattle off eight random numbers, and they wouldn't have a moving truck that day."


    15. "I worked at a discount grocery store. There were a bunch of rude customers — I had people even throw food at me and laugh about it. I had to ring up every single thing manually. Basically, if they were rude to me, if it was 99 cents, I'd ring it up as $2.99. The receipts were so long that they didn't check. I wound up charging them $30 to $40 more just for how rude they were."


    Woman working at a cash register

    16. "I work in retail, and if you're even moderately polite, I'm the most courteous, professional, and helpful person I can be. You don't have to be overly nice — just basic respect and decency. As soon as that line is crossed and you get rude with me, the customer service persona drops and you get the silent treatment. I won't ask my usual questions, so if you forget to type in your rewards card number, that's on you, and I no longer care if you want your receipt or a bag — you're getting it, even if you're just getting a pack of gum."


    17. "As a bank teller, I give rude customers the smallest denominations possible, sneak a $2 bill in, give you some really dirty coins, or give you some of my mutilated cash. Nice customers get the brand-new bills and shiny coins!"


    18. "I was working at the hotel bar. This one guy was just so rude and a huge asshole. So when his card declined, I went back to the table and said it loud enough for everyone to hear."


    Moral of the story: ALWAYS BE NICE! For multiple reasons!

    Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.