If you don’t already know, a “Karen” is an entitled, usually middle-aged woman who complains to authority figures about others’ behavior.
This particular Karen decided that her complaint to the manager would get her a free meal. She couldn’t have been more off-base in her assumption, specifically as it concerned the owner.
A friend of his begins the story:
With help from his dad, the man was able to open the restaurant in the perfect location, and it was a smashing success right out of the gate. Everything was going well, until Karen showed up with her husband.
Right away, the owner, who was also the server, knew she was going to be a problem—the complaints began as soon as she sat down. Initially, he played along .
He knew he couldn’t keep his composure for long—so did she and, sensing a potential free meal, increased her demands.
She asked for the manager, as Karens often do. He brought someone over to take on the role.
She could have won an Academy Award for the story she told.
The “owner” and the server couldn’t keep up the ruse for long. They broke character.
The real owner came clean, and Karen was finally speechless.
Redditors who work in restaurants loved how this story ended, and the person who told it also had a bit of an update.
They deal with customers who try to scam free meals all the time and say restaurant owners are usually oblivious to this behavior because they’re not on the floor.
Workers shared that this also occurs in fast food places. Even though they’re a lot cheaper, free is free to some people.
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