C.A. Pinkham

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C.A. Pinkham is a former server who somehow fell ass-backwards into this whole getting paid to make words good thing. He will blog for and about food.

Olive Garden Parent Company Darden Finds Exciting New Way To Screw Your Server

Olive Garden is paying its workers with debit cards that rack up fees every time you try to actually use them. What's in YOUR wallet?

Worst Restaurant Customers Ever Start Brawl Over Employee Smiling At Them

We write a lot about terrible restaurant customers; it's kind of our thing. We would venture to suggest ours is somewhat of an expert opinion on this particular subject. As such, understand what it means when we say we...

No Big, Poultry Workers Just Have To Wear Diapers Because No Bathroom Breaks Allowed

Hey, feel like being horrified and utterly despairing of the belief that human decency exists today? Well, tough, 'cause now you're gonna be. A new, unbelievably awful report from Oxfam sketches out just how bad labor conditions are in America...

Surprise! Banning Tipping Doesn’t Work. Could There Be Another Solution Entirely?

Remember how restaurants have seemed to be steadily moving towards banning tipping? Yeah, not so fast on that one. Back in November 2015, Joe's Crab Shack announced it was going to be testing out a no-tipping model at 18 select...

Chinese Restaurant Server In Trouble For Mocking Jerk Hipsters On Receipt. (Hint: The Hipsters Were Jerks)

In which a server at a Chinese restaurant is schooled by an insufferable hipster on the authenticity of serving rice in small bowls rather than large. STOP IT, HIPSTERS.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio Suggests Not Cramming Your Throat With Gay-Hatin’ Chick-Fil-A

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio suggests you boycott the homo-haters at Chick-Fil-A. Wingnuts, as always, outraged.

Maybe Don’t Stiff Your Server Because You’re Mad About Apartheid

What reason is someone using to avoid having to tip now? Oh, Apartheid? Well, that's a new one. Cool. An Oxford University student named Ntokozo Qwabe created something of a viral storm after celebrating his friend's shitty treatment of...

Wendy’s Now Serving Frostees With Complimentary Side Of Razor Blades

As if Frostees weren't already gross enough (shut up, it's just half-melted soft-serve in a goddamned soda cup, they're disgusting), customers apparently have a new thing to be concerned with: razor blades hidden like depth charges in their iced...

Supreme Court Tells McDonald’s To Shut Its Mac-Hole About Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage

What's a fast food company to do when duly elected government officials enact a law designed to make companies treat their workers like human beings? In McDonald's case, the answer is "sue all the way to the Supreme Court."...
thanks seattle

Starbucks Shocks America, Breaks Streak Of Phenomenal Stupidity On Race Issues

Ugh, Starbucks, really? You're going to try to tackle actual serious societal problems again, now in Ferguson, Missouri, no less? Okay, fine, how are you falling on your face this time? Wait ... Starbucks' plan is actually well-thought-out and...

Celebrate The Feast Day Of St. Zita, Patron Saint Of Servers, By Flipping Off A Customer

Did you know today, April 27, is the feast day of St. Zita, Patron Saint of waiters and waitresses? We did not, but let us celebrate it together! Given that I'm Jewish, I had to go look up Catholic traditions...
greedy minimum wage worker sticking it to the man

Study Finds Higher Minimum Wage Does Not Destroy Economy, Wingnuts Gon’ Be SO Mad

Oh hey, a $15 minimum wage is not crashing the economy like opponents said it would. Are you shocked?! We're shocked! (We are not shocked.) So, you guys remember Seattle? Of course you do -- it's that big city in...

Customer Wins $12,000 Judgment Against Steakhouse, Errybody Wants Us To Shout About It

Late last week, our inbox was deluged with emails asking us to write about a story from the National Post in Canada, our fair neighbor to the North. The story pertained to a customer who won a $12,000 judgment...

Lawyer Sues Over $2.25 Cup Of Soup, Because Sure Why Not

Are you an aficionado of pointless, asinine lawsuits? We at Wonkette sure are! And boy, do we have a good one for you today. A Texas lawyer (two words you never want to see next to each other) by the...

Stories Of Truly Fantastic Restaurant Bosses

Welcome back to Off The Menu, where we bring you the best and strangest food stories from my email inbox. For our last Wonkette Off The Menu, we bring you stories of fantastic restaurant managers and where to find...