A TikToker went viral this week after posting a dramatic reading of a customer’s highly specific order on the platform.
The TikTok posted by user Cody (@codybuege) shows the poster and friends reading out the order. The customer’s incredibly detailed requirements include specifics like “Egg Fried Hard Medium,” “Don’t burn hash brown or hard boil all the way,” and “Add any complimentary sauce like ketchup, mustard, or condiments.” FREE.”
Quotes like these led to rapid virality, with TikTok amassing over 30,000 views in just a few days.
According to the text overlay, they titled the poem “Free.”
@codybuege these people yell at the kitchen via text hahahahhaha #serverlife #server #bar #restaurant #barkeeper ♬ Original sound – Little Gay Troll
The restaurant in question appears to be Harlem Public in New York, with the order in question being a version of their Wake N Bake burger. The burger is generally served with New York cheddar cheese, brown sugar bacon, “Drippy” egg, and a “Micky D’s” hash brown on a Brooklyn soft roll, according to the restaurant’s website.
Harlem Public also has the option to build your own burger, a possibility which the orderer appears to have ignored in order to overly modify an existing menu item.
In the comments section, viewers shared their appreciation for the video and their confusion about the order itself.
“The way it started out like a poetry slam,” wrote one user.
“I love how it seems they were given the option not to type all caps but did so anyway so you know they mean business,” added another.
“Starting to sound like a Shein product,” laughed a third.
The conversation soon shifted to the topic of hyper-specific orders in general and how restaurant workers might want to respond to them.
“Who’s going to tell ’em I’m going to charge extra for reading this,” said one commenter.
“I would have clicked rejection faster than it took them to feel good about sending,” said a second.
“I hope you all tossed everything in a box, shook it and gave it to him,” shared a third.
Of course, this video struck a chord with servers.
“The chefs in my kitchen walked out before the ticket was finished printing,” claimed one commenter.
“AS A SERVER, I SHOUT,” wrote another user. “I FEEL[L] LIKE YOU THE BOSS YELLING AT ME.”
The Daily Dot contacted Cody via TikTok comment.
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*Initial publication: June 2, 2022 at 7:55 am CDT
Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazine and more.
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