Trope Workshop:Spitting in the Customer's Food

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If you're an Unsatisfiable Customer or otherwise not Nice to the Waiter, this is how he may get back at you. It's not just limited to spit, either... as Real Life incidents have testified to over the years, an especially vindictive server may adulterate a customer's food with other bodily secretions -- or worse, any inedible or possibly poisonous substances he may find handy. And sometimes it happens not to get back at a particular customer, but at any or all customers, For the Lulz or even For the Evulz.

Finding out this has happened may prompt an I Ate What? response from the diner in question.

While Real Life incidents are not explicitly excluded from this trope, please keep in mind the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment, because some cases start at Squick and get much, much worse. Also, do not list examples of food adulteration born only of greed or depraved indifference -- this trope is explicitly about contaminating served food as a kind of revenge, either on an individual or a group.

A Sister Trope to Tampering with Food and Drink, which sometimes overlaps with it.

Examples of Spitting in the Customer's Food include:

Comic Books

  • In Persepolis, for a while, the author has to wait tables in Austria. When one of the guests molests her, the cook sneakily avenges her by spitting on his schnitzel.

Fan Works

  • In chapter 7 of the Crossover fic Harry Potter and the Vegas Mishaps by "alienyouthct", there is this exchange between Harry and Hermione:

"Strong words from the girl who relied on the tea I brought her to stay awake long enough for Astronomy class."
"You mean the tea that enslaved elves made for you?"
"Hey, Dobby was a free elf. All the other elves would spit in drinks if they knew it was for you."


  • In Waiting, a "beeyotch" makes the mistake of pissing off the waitstaff. In response, the cooks put pubic hair, dandruff, and spit on her food. One guy even rubs the garlic bread in his pants and all over his penis and testicles. And made it so that she doesn't even know what she's eating.
  • In the movie Fight Club, there are several references to people urinating or worse into food.

"Tyler was now involved in a class action lawsuit against the Pressman Hotel over the urine content of their soup."

  • In Road Trip, a waiter licks a pancake and stuffs it down his pants before serving it. The customer, oblivious to the prank, cheerfully eats it, saying it is the best he has ever had.


Live-Action TV

  • Referenced in an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun. Disguised alien Dick initially doesn't tip waiters because he doesn't know he's supposed to. When he's told about the practice, he declares, "No wonder my coffee always tastes like spit!"
  • In the Friends episode "The One With the Racecar Bed", Rachel admits to adding body fluids to the drinks she serves to people who don't tip her sufficiently.


  • Bob Rivers parody "Minimum Wage" begins with a client asking for a Spiffy Burger, "...and curly fries, but only if they're cooked in virgin peanut oil..." in an upper-class, sophisticated aristocratic British accent. It ends with the minimum-wage worker spitting in his food and telling the client to "enjoy your burger!"

Oral Tradition, Myths and Legends

Western Animation

  • In the 2019 Big Mouth Valentine's Day special, during the scene where the restaurant goes into chaos, one waitress confesses how she spits in the customer's food and doesn't even know why.

Other Media

Real Life