Former Red Lobster worker pops all-you-can-eat shrimp

One of the biggest criticisms of all-you-can-eat restaurants and menu options is that the food served to customers is not of the highest quality. While some would argue that the moniker itself is indicative of the type of food guests can expect to find at the establishments they visit, there are others who have expressed displeasure with the type of rations they are served as part of these received a dining option.

Nonetheless, there are still many popular restaurants that offer all-you-can-eat options, such as Red Lobster, which has an endless $21.99 shrimp promotion. This is something that TikToker @ddperez4 took full advantage of when visiting one of the chain’s locations.

@mrjellis_ #stitch with @ddperez4 red lobster is too 10 worst jobs #food #seafood #serverlife #KAYKissCountdown #fyp #viral #fypシ ♬ Original sound – James E

The clip features multiple shots of different shrimp platters cooked in different ways. Some of the plates show the remains of meals already eaten, while others show them before they were unearthed.

Another TikToker, James E. (@mrjellis_), said that they worked at Red Lobster and absolutely disliked serving customers who would order unlimited shrimp, and had some strong words for anyone who did.

“As someone who worked as a waiter at Red Lobster and received a guest who ordered unlimited shrimp, fuck you. You are cheap; you couldn’t get my extras up and you’re fucking worried,” James said.

The Daily Dot reached out to James via TikTok comment and Red Lobster via email.

People who worked in the hospitality industry agreed with James’ assessment of all-you-can-eat customers, with some claiming that they were generally bad tippers.

@serans_ said, “It’s like the guys at Olive Garden who only get soup and salad and 10 refills just for tipping $2 for 2+ hours of service, it was awful.”

Another TikTok, @twobardsonemonk, shared his strategy for dealing with customers ordering unlimited food options. “Back when I was a server doing the unlimited riblets at Applebees Id, it just massively increased the time between my return,” they claimed.

Some countered the notion that all-you-can-eat customers are poor tipsters, claiming that when they send the waiter back and forth to get more food for them, they always make sure to tip them big for their further service in the course of their meal.

“Dude if I can get unlimited shrimp for $21.99 I’ll give the biggest tip I can get,” @hootywithaknife commented.


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*Initial publication: January 4, 2023 12:16 pm CST

Jack Alban

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