At the bottom of check were two comments, each obviously typed into the system from the restaurant’s point-of-sale, or POS, system. The first: “im a plad a——.” The other: “i have a small penis.”
The former comment, despite misspelling “plaid,” was clearly a shot at the diner’s attire. The second, a cheap shot, period. The diners were not amused and immediately summoned a manager. The manager, in turn, summoned the server and another server who had apparently typed the comments into the system. The manager apologized and explained the servers were just joking with one another via the POS system. They meant to delete the comments before presenting the check.
The servers didn’t strike the offended diners as contrite. “I would say they seemed slightly embarrassed,” Matt said. “It wasn’t like, ‘We’re so sorry. This is unprofessional. We mean to treat our customers better.’ It was more like, sorry-this-is-embarrassing-it-was-a-joke sorry.”
The restaurant is Peter Chang’s in Arlington, VA. Make your dining plans accordingly.
See also: The Streisand Effect.