Everyone has had the unpleasant experience of being stuck in line behind less than considerate fellow patrons at a fast food restaurant, and this Burger King story shared by a Reddit user
is, at the very least, one that illustrates the "l'esprit d'escalier" we all feel after becoming truly irritated by unpleasant folk in public.
The Reddit thread in which the allegedly quite clever Burger King customer admits his quietly vengeful quickly went viral after an initial post on Reddit titled "Am I a bad person for this?
" The poster set a scene of noisy childhood misbehavior, and claimed to have witnessed a poorly-mannered little cretin demanding an apple pie while waiting in line at Burger King. He or she explained:
I hadn't had the greatest of days and I had a headache coming on. It was a very long line and I was at the end of it waiting patiently behind me comes this woman yapping on her cellphone with a little monster of a child. This kid was out of control, screaming, punching his mother[,] throwing around a gameboy whenever something didn't go right in the game. The mother didn't seem to pay any attention to him and his continued yelling of 'I want a ****ing PIE.'"
After about 5 minutes of the line with these people behind me, I had gone from a headache to a full on migraine, but nothing was going to stop me from getting those burgers. I calmly turn and ask her nicely if she can please calm or quiet her child down. Immediately she gets up in my face telling me I can't tell her nothing about raising her child and to mind my own business. I nod and turn around, she's still yelling at the back of my head when the child cries out again how he wants a pie, the mother consoles him, calling him sweety and ensuring they'll get pies for lunch because she loves him so much.
Things immediately go back to the they way were and I wait another 5 minutes before getting to the front of the line. It turns out it was so slow because they had 1 trainee on cash during the lunch hour rush. All I can think of is how the people behind me ruined my splurge and gave me this headache. I then decide to ruin their day.
I order every pie they have left in addition to my burgers. Turned out to be 23 pies in total, I take my order and walk towards the exit. Moments later I hear the woman yelling, what do you mean you don't have any pies left, who bought them all? I turn around and see the cashier pointing me out with the woman shooting me a death glare. I stand there and pull out a pie and slowly start eating eat as I stare back at her. She starts running towards me but can't get to me because of other lineups in the food court. I turn and slowly walk away.
The Reddit user who shared the tale of a badly behaving boy in Burger King and his apple pie revenge scheme has since been gifted "Reddit Gold" (on-site currency awarded for well-liked posts and comments) more than once for his story of cleverly spiting the allegedly errant child and his purportedly disinterested parent-on-duty, but the account's veracity was dubious because the very same story had previously been reported
as a real-life
retail occurrence,. Nonetheless, the amusing nature of the anecdote and its inherently satisfying conclusion were sufficient to propel the story into the top rankings of social media posts.
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