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#1 Sep 19 2012 at 3:53 PM Rating: Sub-Default
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Found a strand of hair in my food earlier today....

Question, when this happens, what do you do?

1. Act a fool
2. Ask politely for a replacement
3. Ask not so politely for a replacement
4. Remove it, but let the waiter know later
5. Remove it and carry on
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#3 Sep 19 2012 at 10:09 PM Rating: Excellent
I don't do anything when you find a hair in your food.
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#4 Sep 19 2012 at 10:12 PM Rating: Decent
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I used to react negatively, but the worst I'd ever do is ask for a new (cleaner) plate or serving. Nowadays, I can't be bothered with a single hair. Doubly so if I'm eating something like pasta or seafood where it's easy enough to spot any other rogue hairs. I'll just pull it out and move on.

Exception: If I find the staff to be exceptionally dirty / unkempt, I'll just ask for a refund and move on. No sense in asking for a replacement if I have no faith that the second serving will be hair free either.
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#5 Sep 20 2012 at 12:38 AM Rating: Good
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Solution for all times: Just ask for a new one. Any place worth returning to will replace it no questions asked and apologetically. No need to be rude, nobody actually wants to serve their hair in your food.
#6 Sep 20 2012 at 5:52 AM Rating: Good
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Guenny wrote:
Solution for all times: Just ask for a new one.
This. Except when it's my wife's, then I just continue on.


Edited, Sep 20th 2012 8:53am by Uglysasquatch
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Uglysasquatch wrote:
Guenny wrote:
Solution for all times: Just ask for a new one.
This. Except when it's my wife's, then I just continue on.


Edited, Sep 20th 2012 8:53am by Uglysasquatch


Because you've eaten her hair before, right? Smiley: sly
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#8 Sep 20 2012 at 6:40 AM Rating: Default
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BrownDuck wrote:
I'll just pull it out and move on.


This.
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I'll just pull it out and move on.
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Except when it's my wife's, then I just continue on.

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Guenny wrote:
No need to be rude,
It's fun if you know you'll never return to the establishment.
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#11 Sep 20 2012 at 4:39 PM Rating: Decent
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I've always just pulled it out and continued eating. It used to hurt my appetite, but when I grew out my hair to jesus levels I ended up with hair in my mouth constantly and just got used to it. Thusly, it barely even phases me now.
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#12 Sep 20 2012 at 6:22 PM Rating: Good
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It's just protein. I remove it from the dish and continue eating.

Not that I think finding a strand of hair in my food is particularly delicious, mind you, but it's not the end of the world for me either. If whatever dirt and organisms there might be on a strand of hair could actually harm us humans, we would have all died in our sleep a long time ago, considering we rub our hair and faces on the same pillows all night long.

If I can't taste it then who cares?

Edit: I guess I just wasn't raised to be a delicate flower like that. I'm not the type who orders a new beverage just because a small fly landed in it. Sure, if it's a wasp or some bigger insect, I'd probably order a new glass, but the smaller ones I just remove. Anything else would be a waste of good beverage.

Edited, Sep 21st 2012 2:27am by Mazra
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I pull the hair out... and save it.
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I whip my hair back and forth.
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#15 Sep 20 2012 at 7:23 PM Rating: Excellent
I'll either remove it and keep eating, or ask politely for a replacement. It'd depend on the restaurant and the type of food, and how much of a rush I'm in, who I'm with etc.
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Everything you eat is covered in human skin cells, as well as any number of strange microbes.

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Guenny wrote:
Solution for all times: Just ask for a new one.


A new strand of hair? I'm not sure how that's going to help. Smiley: dubious


Seriously though. It's not always just about the cleanliness of the hair (which is honestly relatively harmless in terms of the range of things which could fall off a human body and into your food if you stop and think about it). It's about the perception of the food preparation itself. If I'm in some cheap place (or fast food), I'll take it to the manager and just ask for my money back. At low level establishments, it's a good rule of thumb to *never* complain about the food and then eat anything they provide you with as a replacement. The odds of anyone in the kitchen taking their profession seriously enough to not put something far worse than a hair in your food at that point is too low to take the risk.

At any sort of "real" restaurant, I'll call the server over (cause they actually have them) and point out the problem. Their response will somewhat determine my response. If the immediate reaction is to offer me a complete replacement of my meal, I'll accept and be perfectly happy. If the reaction is to downplay it, or in any way do anything less than that, then I go into super irate mode. Trust me. You don't want to see this if you are a server.. I tend to be pretty laid back about a lot of things. I don't tend to complain about food, even if I don't particularly like it, unless there's clearly some sort of mistake that has been made. So while there are some restaurants I'll tend to avoid returning to because I didn't think the food was worth the cost, I'm not going to make any extra demands or complain about it while I'm there. I figure it was my choice to eat there, I've learned that was a bad choice (for me, but maybe not for others), and move on. I'm pretty darn polite in this regard. Right up until I decide it's no longer time to be polite. And it takes a server doing something I consider completely unacceptable, and not replacing food in which there is clearly something wrong is at the top of a pretty short list for me.
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