Bacon: the Good Part of the Other White Meat

While reading all the comments to the infamous vegetarian post it brought to mind another incident that happened at Pizzeria Uno once and it involved someone eating something they didn’t mean to eat. A table had ordered the delicious pizza skins® which were described on the menu as “a single serving of our signature skins complete with mashed potatoes, cheese, bacon and sour cream.” Basically, it was mashed potatoes on a pizza crust and I subsisted off of those for three or four months because they were the cheapest thing on the employee menu. One night as I was ignoring my section and eating pizza in the kitchen I heard a commotion out in the dining room. Yelling, crying, the works. Of course my nosy ass immediately dropped my slice and went out to see how I could be of assistance. A table had finished eating their Pizza Skins and then realized that there was bacon on them. The table was Muslim. And pork was forbidden. How they ate a whole plate of something covered in bacon and not question it, I will never know. If you ordered something and it came out with crispy pieces of meat sprinkled all over it, wouldn’t you ask what it was just to be certain they weren’t rat poops or something? (At Pizzeria Uno, South Street Seaport, a very real possibility.) The family was screaming at their waiter for not telling them they had ordered something with bacon as if it was his duty to know what foods were forbidden by every religion. And even if he did know, did they say, “We are Muslim and we are ready to order now?” I doubt it. They were very upset. The manager intervened and did the only thing he could do; he comped it. That’s right, the family had just devoured something that may send their souls to the eternal depths of hell and we took $4.00 of their check. I felt bad for them, I really did. The older woman was clearly devastated. How were we to know though? Shouldn’t they have read the menu and asked what bacon was? If they sat in my station, I would’ve had no idea. I had only just moved to New York City from South Texas, so I only knew about Catholics and Southern Baptists and as far I know they are both allowed to eat heaps and heaps of pork. In fact, in the Baptist religion I’m pretty certain that ham is just as important as Christmas and Easter. The family left the restaurant awash with the fear of their God. They all looked petrified of the future. Well, except for the youngest girl. She was smiling. You know she liked the taste of the bacon. Evil or not, that shit is good.

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12 thoughts on “Bacon: the Good Part of the Other White Meat

  1. Mary A.

    I worked at a Pizza Place where this Hindu guy came in & ordered Pepperoni Pizza, No Meat. We explained and explained and explained that Pepperoni is meat. (Technically) He insisted he wanted pepperoni.So we gave it to him. An Hour later, he was back screaming that we damaged his soul. Sorry.

  2. Wendy

    You are SO Hilarious!!!And i love you! (But not in a stalker-ish way… Unless you *want* me to! =-) )Anyway…I have a new name for Bacon!(I got it off another blog, but so what. I'm taking credit for it now.)From a month ago and into the rest of my time here on Earth, Bacon is now known asMeat Candy!!!=-)

  3. Manda

    Haha, I happen to work at Unos and just yesterday my table ordered them with no bacon, no cheddar, and no sour cream. So I responded "just mashed potato?" And they replied yes. As I was walking away, I heard them questioning me use the word "mashed potato" because they aren't that, sorry- "red bliss skinless potatoes" is a nicer way to say mashed. They were a nice table, its just funny that you mentioned them.

  4. TrailerPark

    "the family had just devoured something that may send their souls to the eternal depths of hell and we took $4.00 of their check."….oh, lawsy..that's one of the funniest sentences that I've read in a long time! Thanks for the laugh.

  5. Mama Sky

    My husband gets all pissy if he finds out I fed the kids pork. No its not really a religion thing- just a pain in the ass thing he picked up in the past year of being health conscience and wanting us to covert to being vegans. Pork is his biggest most hated meat. The ass didnt have a problem eating it last year though- he woofed down those dutch apple pork chops Id make once a month and he went crazy for ham too. – Those customers probably pulled the same stunt at every place that served piggy. One way to save money…

  6. Tricia

    I hate customer service but your blog makes me so fucking grateful that I can hide behind a phone and don't have to deal with all the idiots of the world face-to-face. You should get hazard pay.

  7. Queen of the Rant

    wow, yeah what happens if they eat bacon? There are a couple of religions that do not eat pork some because they worship the pig and some because it is the only animal that lays in its own shit lol- mmmm I am vegetarian, but the smell of cooking bacon always fills my senses-would never touch the stuff though you never know what they have got-swine flu, foot and hoof disease, mad pig-fuck too many to count!


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